13 Halloween Nature Crafts

Halloween crafts don’t have to be all plastic and pre-fab; check out these 13 Halloween nature crafts for some green ways to celebrate!

Halloween crafts don't have to be all plastic and pre-fab; check out these 13 Halloween nature crafts for some green ways to celebrate!

1. autumn leaf Jack-o-lanternEnjoy the beautiful autumn leaves while you make this festive Jack-o-lantern.

2. Halloween soapUse this tutorial to jazz up your favorite natural liquid soap.

3. Jack-o-lantern apple stampTurn an apple into a Jack-o-lantern in this easy kid’s craft.

4. painted rocksThe tutorial here shows how to turn rocks into pumpkins and Halloween-themed manipulatives, but my own favorite trick is to make them into monster rocks!

Halloween Nature Crafts: Painted Rock Magnets
Painted Rock Magnets by this heart of mine / Amy Christie

5. painted rock magnetsDon’t know what to do with all of those monster rocks? Turn them into magnets!

6. pine cone monster wreathA little paint completely transforms the pine cones in this tutorial.

7. pumpkin handprintUse your favorite salt dough recipe for this project, and to make it extra cute, add a photo of your kiddo in this year’s Halloween costume.

8. pumpkin paintingThis is the easiest way to decorate a pumpkin, and if you’ve got kids, you can let them paint the same pumpkin over and over.

Halloween Nature Crafts9. pumpkin poundingEven little kids can get in on the Jack-o-lantern fun! And if you’ve got a little kid who’s been dying to get ahold of your cordless drill, this is an accessible way to get started with power tools.

10. twig and T-shirt yarn spider webThis project has the benefit of being both recycled AND natural–and it will look great on your front door!

11. voodoo doll pincushionDone in wool felt with embroidery floss, this is a great beginning sewing project.

12. roasted pumpkin seedsYou simply can’t carve a Jack-o-lantern without making roasted pumpkin seeds. I mean, obviously.

13. shrunken heads in ciderIf you’re not prepping for a party, you can make just the shrunken heads; they’ll shrink more as they air-dry and look spookier every day!

Written by Julie Finn

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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