In general I don’t consider myself an especially “green” person. There is, however, one major exception. When it comes to holiday decorating, I love making crafts from recycled materials. Not only does it save me some cash (that I can then spend on more important things, like Halloween candy!), but it also lets me get creative, finding unique ways to to turn things from my trash bin into really cool decorations and other fun Halloween stuff.
This year I’m really excited to make a couple of projects in particular. I’ve literally been stashing away plastic bottles and cardboard boxes since August, and now that Halloween is only three weeks away I can FINALLY start making these cool decorations:
These Plastic Bottle Skull Lights are going to look awesome strung up on my front porch. I love the way they glow and the little skull faces are too perfect! I can’t get over how clever this idea is — plus each light comes out to about 50 cents since the only materials you need are empty milk bottles, some electrical tape and battery-operated tea lights.
When I first saw these adorable Mummy Boxes, I knew I had to make them for my Halloween party. Not only are these mummies the perfect Halloween prop because they stand up on their own, they’re also incredibly cheap to make! Basically all you need is an old white sheet and some recycled cardboard boxes and you can fashion yourself this spook-tacular Halloween decoration in under an hour!
Last but not least there’s my absolute favorite Halloween recycling craft: this ridiculously clever Broom with Crushed Can Witches. I’m not a huge fan of wreaths for Halloween — I think they’re just too pretty, and Halloween is supposed to be about all things spooky — so I’m loving this alternative door decoration. I think it’s so funny how the witches are screaming out for help as they melt into the broom — or at least that’s what I’m imagining is going on in this scene! If you’re like me and have a slight addiction to Diet Coke — or any other canned beverage for that matter — you already have one of the key supplies! Just grab a broom prop from the Halloween store (or use a real one if you want to be really authentic) and gather a few additional supplies and voila: you have an awesome Halloween decoration unlike any other on the block!
I think you can tell how excited I am to make all of these projects. The idea of a totally “green” Halloween just seems really cool, not to mention trendy.
If you’re interested in going green for Halloween too, check out these 17 Halloween Recycling Crafts. Go take a peek in your recycling bin and see what kind of treasure you can find. There’s no sense in letting perfectly good trash go to waste when there are fun Halloween decorations to be made!
I’m curious: Have you made decorations from recycled materials before? What have you made?
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