Published on September 26th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano


More Green Halloween Makeovers

After all the Halloween craftiness I created from tossed trash last year I am trying to figure out new things to create this year.

I grabbed an ice pail and painted it orange and black for Halloween. I want to find some crafty Halloween paper designs to cut out to decoupage to the pail to dress it up a little more.

I was thinking about wrapping it in scrap book paper but I had no Halloween colors or styles. But I think it turned out pretty good considering it started out as a plain white pail headed for the recycling bin. I would love to make a Halloween bucket with paper like I did when I turned an ice cream pail into a flower girl basket for a wedding.



I also saved a few smoothie bottles from the bin and painted them black and added orange ribbon with the help of my hot glue gun. They’ll make cute little Halloween vases either for flowers or maybe for ghost wrapped lollipops.


I am still brainstorming to see what other green Halloween ideas I can come up with. Stay tuned for more crazy Halloween craftiness.

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Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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  4. So cute, as always, Wenona! Love it.

    Did you see my mom’s recent post on the treat bucket made from a chocolate syrup can?

  5. concerned eco-designer says:

    I must say that I prefer when the entries here are targeted at professional or semi-professional designer-makers.
    I can applaud this kind of work when it reaches a certain design standard that will truly extend the material’s lifecycle through extended use – or it takes design-for-disassembly in mind for the end-of-life stage. But this kind of work seems destined to remove the material from the recycling stream and send it directly to the landfill. Upcycling? I don’t think so.
    Design and craft should solve problems, not merely decorate and fill our lives with more junk. Sorry to be blunt.

  6. Lynn says:

    Have to respectfully disagree with concerned eco-designer. Seems to me the purpose of doing this is not “to remove the material from the recycling stream and send it directly to the landfill.” The purpose is to make objects that can be used again and again. Certainly this can be true with decor items as well as Halloween items like Wenona’s bucket. My daughter’s husband has a plastic pumpkin that belonged to him and that one of their daughter’s carries on Halloween more than 30 years later. Personally crafted items can add meaning to holidays and can become a part of tradition. In my mind, one of the reasons to do this kind of crafting is to show people how creative uses of materials that otherwise would be tossed, can add fun and meaning to their lives. In addition, hopefully these kinds of ideas awaken people to the realization that they don’t have to buy new “stuff” every year.

  7. I agree w/Lynn… using junk to make something you need/want for the holiday is better than buying new junk.

    I think the smoothie bottles look really great, actually – lots of potential for different uses.

  8. concerned eco-designer says:

    If it *is* used again and again, then that’s great, and I totally agree with you – you addressed one of my main concerns.
    I guess my other main concern is with the materials used – the paint, hot glue, etc and it would be nice to see – like I said – more experimentation in hobbies with more environmentally friendly materials and/or a consideration for design-for-disassembly. Or then there’s a niche market right there for suppliers to provide friendlier surface treatments and adhesives. Would be a good learning process for kids, too.

  9. You show me great eco-productsa and I’ll gladly use them

    I have mentioned before that eco friendly spray paint, Krylons low VOC paints don’t exactly stick good to plastic

    I have tried several eco-glues as well and they don’t stick to plastic either

    The problem is definitely the materials not the crafter, I would be more than thrilled to use all eco-materials I am just using what I have on hand that actually works

    In this world it’s not an all or nothing deal, just living and breathing on this planet makes us so not eco every little conscious bit of effort counts towards something postive and I think you (concerned eco-designer) should be ashamed of yourself for spreading negativity sorry not everyone is as “perfect” or as “high style” of a designer as you

    At least some people try

  10. Annie says:

    Oooh- I love these!!! 🙂

    I am SO painting some of our yogurt containers for little projects and

    more more more ideas!!! I love it!

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