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-lantern. Enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves while you make this festive Jack-o-lantern.
2. Halloween soap. Use this tutorial to jazz up your favorite natural liquid soap.
3. Jack-o-lantern apple stamp. Turn an apple into a Jack-o-lantern in this easy kid’s craft.
4. painted rocks. The 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!
5. painted rock magnets. Don’t know what to do with all of those monster rocks? Turn them into magnets!
6. pine cone monster wreath. A little paint completely transforms the pine cones in this tutorial.
7. pumpkin handprint. Use 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 painting. This 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.
9. pumpkin pounding. Even 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 web. This project has the benefit of being both recycled AND natural–and it will look great on your front door!
11. voodoo doll pincushion. Done in wool felt with embroidery floss, this is a great beginning sewing project.
12. roasted pumpkin seeds. You simply can’t carve a Jack-o-lantern without making roasted pumpkin seeds. I mean, obviously.
13. shrunken heads in cider. If 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!