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10 Recycled DIY Halloween Decorations

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DIY Halloween Decor: Glitter Bats

DIY Halloween Decorations

DIY Tip: If you find a tutorial that’s cute but not so green, you can often green it up by substituting reclaimed and non-toxic materials. For example, instead of conventional spray paint, you can choose a low-VOC spray paint and you can use junk mail instead of new paper.

1. Glitter Bats – I made these super fun bats to decorate one of my Halloween parties, and they’re very simple to make. Just use some bat clip art to make a template, trace onto medium weight reclaimed cardboard (like an old cereal box), and paint them with glitter glue. When your bats are dry, you can string them onto garland, stick them to the wall with double-sided tape, or hang them from ceiling with fishing line.

2. Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin – Got some old Mason jar lids laying around? It’s easy as pie to make them into a sweet, shabby-chic pumpkin decoration!

3. Used Book Pumpkin – You can never have too many pumpkins on Halloween! If the Mason jar lids aren’t your thing, check out these sweet pumpkin decorations made from reclaimed books.

4. Head in a Jar – Old glass jars are endlessly useful for crafting, and Dabbled shows you how to turn an old jar into an uber creepy Halloween decoration.

5. Bat Mobile – This decoration is more sweet than spooky. Cut bats out of reclaimed paper and hang them from a tree branch to make a bat mobile!

On the next page, check out even more DIY Halloween decorations!

photo by Becky Striepe

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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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2:45PM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Thanks Becky.

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.

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Thanks for the helpful article!

I don't know if the writer actually makes compost, but eggs do not compost. Same as hair and nails.

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