Holiday Crafts DIY Jack-o-Lantern

Published on October 7th, 2011 | by Karen Lee

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Halloween Craft Roundup

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I’ll be honest – Halloween has never been my favorite holiday as I always viewed it as a wasteful one. But with a little planning and some imagination, greening Halloween is easier than I thought.

I’ve never been more prepared with so many new crafts finished and ready to be displayed because of Crafting a Green World. If anything, writing tutorials have made me plan a little better for Halloween and I hope you also enjoyed my weekly DIY’s as much I had fun making them. They were all made with little to no waste and most of all, they didn’t cost very much.

Here is a round up of what we made so far and some awesome kid-friendly Halloween craft ideas from the past.

1. Eco-friendly ghost - this easy to make ghost is made with everything you have in your kitchen. You don’t need to buy a cheap plastic ghost that only lasts one season.

2. Halloween is more fun when it’s dark outside but make your walkway safe by upcycling a few glass jars to make these mummified luminaries. Or you can display them by the fireplace as a group. What’s even better is you can use solar lights or battery operated candles so that no one can knock the candles out.

3. What’s a Halloween without Jack-o-Lanterns? Make this reusable one out of a glass bowl and reuse it every year. You can’t get any greener than that.

4. This interchangeable holiday wreath is not only reusable, but it’s less wasteful too as it only uses one wreath and you can change the decoration, depending on which holiday or season it is.

5. One of the easiest ways to dress up for Halloween is to throw on a cape and a pointy hat and be a witch for a day. This tutorial on how to make a witch’s hat out of wire hangers and fabric beats any cheap one you can buy. And here is a cool and easy tutorial on making a cloak to go with it.

6. You can make easy kids costumes with recycled materials or swap costume on threadUp. The swap ends on October 22nd so if you still don’t know what your kids are going to be for Halloween, check out their website and see what you can pick up for only $5!

7. Need more costume ideas? Here are some extreme recycled halloween costumes that you can surprise everyone with.

8. Finally, if you want to do some fun Halloween crafting with the kids, check out these great eco-friendly crafting ideas. 

I’m still making a few more things to be ready for my trick-or-treaters. If I have time, I’ll post the tutorials here one more time before Halloween.

What project was your favorite? 


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Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.



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