The shops may be filling up with Halloween decorations this year. But before you overload your shopping basket with trinkets, have you thought about creating your own? With just few everyday household items and a little creativity, you can turn the ordinary objects into scarily good Halloween ornaments – all while reducing plastic use and waste.
#1: Light bulb pumpkins
Do you have any old lightbulbs lying around in a drawer? If so they can make wonderful characterful pumpkins. All you need is a sharpie and some old twine for a quick and effective transformation. And the best bit is, they won’t start to smell after a few days.
#2: Creepy candle holders
It’s time to start saving any old wine bottles and jam jars from the recycling bin and putting them to one side. Using leftover paints and test paint pots you have hidden away somewhere – you know the ones – you can create spooky candle holders that look great lit up at night.
#3: Toilet roll bats
Toilet roll tubes. This is one item every home has, and if you have kids, the likelihood is you find them lying around fairly regularly. So why not put them to good use? Felt tip pens, along with some cardboard, glue and scissors for the wings is all you need to create these creepy critters and the kids will have loads of fun making them.
If Halloween just isn’t complete without carving a real-life pumpkin then there are lots of ways to minimise waste and make the most of yoru creation long after the 31st October. The seeds can be roasted and eaten as tasty snacks, the flesh can be used for a delicious homemade pumpkin soup, and you can even put the pumpkins out in the garden when you’re done to feed hungry wildlife.
#5: Lollypop spiders webs
If you needed an excuse to raid the ice lollies in the freezer this is it. Then simply save the sticks and with some glue, felt-tip pens and some yarn, turn them into these wonderful spider webs that you can hang around the house ready for Halloween.