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10 Recycled DIY Halloween Decorations

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10 Recycled DIY Halloween Decorations

Can you believe that Halloween is just over a month away? If you’re planning to whip up some handmade Halloween decorations, now is the time to start!

Why Handmade?

Handmade decorations mean a time investment, and when you’re wrestling with a busy schedule, setting aside a few hours for spooky crafts may not seem like it’s worth the effort. After all, you can just hit the big box store or the party store and pick up very cute Halloween decorations on the cheap. Why bother?

There are a couple of problems with hitting the big box store for your holiday decorations. The first is that when you shop at those large corporations, you’re voting with your dollar not only for cheaply-made goods that harm the environment but often for their political views. The other reason to go handmade is that when you choose cheap, store-bought decorations you get what you pay for. Usually, it’s in the form of low-quality decorations made from new plastic in a far off factory and possibly under questionable labor conditions. Kind of takes the festivity out of those cute witch and pumpkin decorations, doesn’t it?

But I’m Not Crafty!

If you think that you don’t have the crafty skills to pull off making your own decorations, don’t despair! There are projects here for crafters at any skill level, so whether the only craft supplies you’ve ever worked with are scissors and glue or you give your sewing machine regular workouts, you can make at least some if not all of these spooky, DIY Halloween decorations.

Ready to get crafty? Check out some spooky project ideas on the next page!

Image Credit: Solar Jack-o-Lantern by Karen Lee at Crafting a Green World

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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5:12AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

thank you

9:00AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

Sounds like great ideas. Thanks.

6:18AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013


8:10PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

My kids make our decorations. A white footprint on black paper makes a nice ghost when you add googly eyes. Black hand cut outs on a black eight make a great bat. Anything not made by a kid isn't worth it.

11:00AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012


3:46PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012


3:59AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Clever ideas..thanks!

9:20AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

thanks! cool ideas

2:19PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

You can spray-paint those collapsible paper globe lampshades orange to make a pumpkin lampshade.

7:25AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

we dont celebrate halloween in the part of Norway were I live :)

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has anyone ever heard of a slice of a fresh lemon dabbed under the armpits? same thing.

I tolerate all food far too well.

Yes. See food and eat it, anything, yummy.



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