Holiday Crafts

Published on October 7th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


Holiday Crafts: Halloween Crafts Made from Recycled Materials

recycled denim Halloween bunting (1 of 1)

Want an eco-friendly Halloween? This is the place to be, and now is the time to start!

Check out these green Halloween projects, all of which are made using recycled materials. Whether you’re looking for costumes or decorations, we’ve got you covered:


  1. upcycled bottle FrankensteinMake a spooky vase from a used glass bottle.
  2. bat book page bunting: Book page buntings are always so beautiful, but this one has a little extra for Halloween.
  3. glass jar mummyUse a different method to make a mummy.
  4. recycled paper pumpkinInstead of carving, cover a pumpkin in vintage papers.
  5. empty spool pumpkinSew a bunch, then make a pumpkin!
  6. embroidery hoop spider webYour old embroidery hoop is useless no longer.
  7. pumpkin luminaryUse upcycled papers to make a glowing Jack-o-lantern.
  8. shoe box trick-or-treat bucketNo one will be able to tell that you’re trick-or-treating with an old shoe box!
  9. tin lanternsSoup cans have never been so festive.
  10. pillowcase trick-or-treat toteTrick-or-treat out of a pillowcase!
  11. black cat laundry detergent bottle: Will your cat be spooky or adorable?
  12. cardboard tube favor boxesThey formerly housed toilet paper; now they hold treats!


  1. newspaper and cardboard witch hatTurn your recycling into an epic pointy witch hat.
  2. recycled cardboard shield: Every young knight needs an eco-friendly, upcycled shield.
  3. pillowcase ghost: A thrifted pillowcase updates the traditional ghost costume.
  4. butterfly wingsMake these wings out of wire hangers and upcycled sweaters.
  5. plastic fork fangs: Got take-out recently? Then you’ve got everything you need to be a vampire.
  6. newspaper hatBe a pirate!
  7. cardboard angel wingsMake yourself saintly using a recycled box.
  8. yarn wigWhether you’re Rapunzel or a clown, it all starts with a mesh produce bag.

For even more eco-friendly Halloween crafts, check out our Green Fall and Halloween Ideas pinboard.

Have a favorite Halloween project that’s made from recycled materials? Link to it in the comments!

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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