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Recycled Halloween Crafts – Ghost Theme: Environmentally Friendly Crafts For Kids And Adults

Take some of that old junk lying around the house and make some entertaining Halloween decorations. Recycle to help the environment with these fast and easy crafts.

Recycled Ghost Windsock

This fun outdoor decoration actually recycles two common household items; old CDs and plastic bags.

Supplies Needed To Make A Recycled Ghost Windsock

  • An old CD
  • Black paint
  • White paint
  • Paint brushes
  • White plastic shopping bags
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • White string or yarn

Paint the CD white on both sides, using 2 coats of paint. Allow the paint to dry between coats. Then paint the Ghosts face with the black paint, also on both sides. Make two eyes above the CD hole and a mouth below. The hole will serve as the nose.

Thread the white string or yarn through the CD hole and tie a knot to make a hanging loop. Hang the CD from a cabinet door or doorknob so you can easily attach the streamers.

Cut the white plastic bag into 1 inch thick, long strips. Using the glue along the bottom edge of the CD, attach the streamers to each side of the CD. Use as many as you like; about 12 strips on each side will work. Hang the Ghost Windsock from a tree or on your front porch and watch it sway in the breeze.

Recycled Ghost O’ Lantern

Instead of tossing those plastic milk jugs, make a spooky lighted Halloween walkway. Not only are you helping the environment, but Trick or Treat guests will have a safe walk to your door.

Supplies Needed To Make A Recycled Ghost O’ Lantern

  • Empty milk jugs (gallon or ½ gallon sizes both work)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife
  • String of white, outdoor holiday lights with bulbs around 1” long

Remove any labels that may be on the jug. Clean out the milk jugs thoroughly with soap and water then allow them to dry; sour milk does not smell very good, so clean them well. Decorate the outside front of the jugs with the black marker, making a few different ghost faces on each one.

Using the craft knife, cut a small hole in the back of each jug about 2 inches down from the top. This will be where you insert the bulbs, so make sure the hole is large enough to fit each light.

When inserting the lights, allow the bulb to hang down into the milk jug. If the bulbs are very close together, put one bulb in the jug and then leave one or two hanging outside before putting a bulb into the next jug. Line the lighted jugs up along a walkway or against the house.

Optional: Instead of cutting a hole in the jug, you may choose to hang the lights inside the milk spout opening. Just keep in mind, the wires will show.

Happy Green Halloween!

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