10 sustainable Halloween decorations for your green home

porch of brick home with skeleton on the door and pumpkins on the porch

Halloween is just around the corner, but when it comes to
decorating your home for the spooky holiday, it can be a challenge
to keep things eco-friendly. Most store-bought decorations are made
with non-recyclable plastic and covered in
toxic paint or synthetic fabrics. But there is no need for
frivolous spending and waste when it comes to decorating for
Halloween. There are some great DIY ideas that you can use to
upcycle things that are already lying around your house, allowing
you to keep your environmental impact to a minimum.

Egg carton bats

Upcycle your
egg cartons by using them as bat decorations. With some non-toxic
black paint, ribbons, glue and googly eyes, you can make these cute

egg carton bats
from Crafts By Courtney.

sheet ghost hanging from a tree in a front yard

Bed sheet ghosts

This idea is extremely easy, and all it takes is some old white
bed sheets, leaves or newspaper and some string. Simply stuff your
old sheets with leaves or newspaper and tie some string around the
sheet to make the head. Then, hang them from trees to add a spooky effect
to your front yard.


Related: 6 DIY Halloween decorations made with upcycled
materials

Milk jug skeleton

Dairy containers can come in handy when it comes to making
sustainable Halloween decor. Save
your old milk jugs and turn
them into skeletons
with string, scissors, a craft knife, glue
and a hole punch. This idea from the Recycle Guys is a fun project
to do with your kids, and it won’t cost you any more than the
price of the milk you already drink.

large yarn spider web tied between two trees

Yarn spider webs

This simple Halloween decorating idea comes from Instructables,
and all you need is yarn and scissors. Start by laying out a basic
horizontal and vertical frame from the yarn, and then start weaving
more yarn to make a web. You can find the step-by-step instructions
here.

Giant trash bag spiders

If you put spider webs on your front porch, then it makes sense
to add some
giant spiders
. According to Money Crashers, you will need some
large black trash
bags, leaves or newspaper, zip ties and a glue gun to make this
creepy crawly.

glass jar with felt mushrooms inside

Mad scientist lab

With some mason jars — or old baby food, pickle, olive or
sauce jars — you can turn your home into a mad scientist’s
laboratory. Put animal toys, eyeballs or other strange objects into
each jar with some water and non-toxic or natural food coloring,
and fill a shelf (or a window) with some
crazy Halloween experiments
.

Mummy cereal boxes

Who doesn’t have some old bed sheets lying around that don’t
fit any bed in the house? I know I do, and white ones make the
perfect Halloween craft item. Cut the fabric of an old sheet into
thin strips, and cover a cereal or cracker box with the sheet
pieces to make it
look like a mummy
. Then, add some googly eyes to make the
perfect mummified decoration.

small concrete tombstones surrounded by greenery

Front yard cemetery

With some used cardboard boxes,
non-toxic paint, scissors and wood stakes, you can turn your front
yard into a
cemetery
for Halloween. Make tombstones to place all over your
yard, and if you add some artificial moss from a craft store, it
will make it look even more authentic. For something you can use
year after year, create your own tombstones
from concrete
.

Ghostly lights

Yet another idea for
used milk jugs
, you can make ghost lights with black
construction paper, string LED lights, some
googly eyes and a little glue. You can light up your walkway or
front porch with these little ghosts.

pumpkins on the concrete steps of a white home

Gourds

This is an obvious eco-friendly choice, but you don’t have to
limit yourself to carving pumpkins for Halloween. Instead, you can
wrap gourds in bows or
paint them
with non-toxic paint to create environmentally
friendly decorations. If you want to keep things really simple, use
plain gourds and pumpkins to decorate your dinner table, add some
color to your front porch or line your steps or walkway. Then,
compost your
pumpkins and gourds after Halloween to help fertilize your
garden.

It is possible to go green at Halloween, you just have to look
around the house for items that you can reuse to help reduce the
problem of holiday waste. The options are endless when it comes to
DIY eco-friendly
Halloween decorations. When you opt to make a few instead of buying
plastic items at the store, the environment will thank you.

Via Care2
and
Apartment Guide

Images via Gurney
Halleck
, Quazie,
Lenore
Edman
and Shutterstock

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
10 sustainable Halloween decorations for your green home