Halloween crafting is just about as fun as it gets — but the decorations and costumes are so short-lived, why spend a fortune on them? In fact, why not save some materials from the landfill by making your Halloween crafts from recycled materials? I’ve pulled together a collection of unique projects you can make for Halloween with supplies you likely have lying around the house, including home decor, party favors and costumes. Click through the jump to see them!
Scrapbook Paper Tins 1 of 12Don't throw those used cans away — simply wrap them with scrapbook paper and double-stick tape and use as impromptu vases or party favors.
Learn more at Better Homes & Gardens
Umbrella Bat 2 of 12If you've ever had an umbrella flip inside and out and break, don't throw it away — turn it into a unique costume. Even the bat ears are made from umbrella parts!
Find out how at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Spooky Crayons 3 of 12Children go through crayons so quickly — but don't throw away the ends! Make them into new crayons by baking them in silicone Halloween molds.
Find the step-by-step at Naughty Secretary Club
Recycled Wreath 4 of 12Take old plastic bags and turn them into a Halloween themed wreath simply by cutting and tying onto an old hanger.
Learn how at Dabbled
Egg Carton Bat 5 of 12Kids will love turning an old egg carton into a cute bat ornament simply by cutting, painting, and adding cute googly eyes.
See how it was done at Domestic Charm
Wine Bottle Pumpkins 6 of 12Keep wine bottles from the recycle bin with spray paint, Sharpie markers and masking tape. They are so easy to turn into these decorative pumpkins!
Learn how they were made at Instructables
Jar Pumpkins 7 of 12Cindy saved her glass jars from the garbage can by using tissue paper and Mod Podge to turn them into pumpkin lanterns.
Find out how she did it at Skip to My Lou
Plastic Skull 8 of 12Did you know that you can shrink plastic from a takeout container? Don't throw it away - cut it into the spooky shape you like and make it into a necklace!
Learn how it was done at Sweater Surgery
Milk Jug Skeleton 9 of 12Turn several milk jugs into a welcoming skeleton to hang in the front walkway.
Get the tutorial and template from Craftzine
Recycled Candy Bowl 10 of 12Disposable bowls don't need to be thrown away. Instead, you can turn them into bowls to pass out candy on Halloween Day.
Get the instructions at Plaid
Festive Bowls 11 of 12Turn paper bags and tissue paper into bowls using a glue/water mixture and acrylic paint.
Get the tutorial at The Long Thread
Bread Tag Monsters 12 of 12I never would have thought to reuse bread tags — but Amanda had a brilliant idea to save them by painting them like monsters! This is a fun way to bring a little Halloween into your everyday life.
Find the step-by-step at Crafts By Amanda
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