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Conjuring up a crafty Halloween

15 OCT 20 | 4 minute read

At this time of year, the supermarket shelves are laden with plastic pumpkins, reams of fake spider webs, light up skulls and other dastardly decorations.  

These are often made from non-recyclable materials that end up being chucked in the bin after use. Instead, make your neighbours green with envy by creating your own DIY decorations.

There are a tonne of ideas online and we’ve been busy testing out some of our favourites at Zero Waste Scotland HQ below. 

Share your Homemade Halloween decorations with us online for your chance to win a goodie bag worth over £40 - find the full competition details at the bottom of this page. 

Supermarket shelves are laden with plastic pumpkins, reams of fake spider webs and other dastardly decorations that end up being chucked in the bin after use. #WasteLessHalloween

Toilet roll tube bats

If you can get your hands on a few toilet roll tubes, then these look great tied with string and dangling in the window. Cut two wing shapes out of spare cardboard (a cereal box or cardboard packaging is perfect) and paint along with the toilet roll tube.  

Attach the wings and squeeze the top of the tube to create the ears. Add the fangs and googly eyes to complete your bat.

Just remember to remove the googly eyes when you’re done so that they can be reused for another project. No googlies? No problem, opt for some eyes drawn on scrap paper or card.  

Halloween bat made from toilet roll tube

Monstrous milk bottles

With seven out of ten of the pumpkins carved for Halloween not getting eaten, these milk bottle monsters make a great food-waste free alternative.

Just give your empty milk bottles a good rinse out and leave to dry. Next, use a marker pen to draw on a ghoulish face then using a craft knife cut a flap in the back of the bottle big enough to fit in a torch or flameless candle to bring your monster to life.  

If you’re going for a real pumpkin then stick to carving them as painted and decorated pumpkins can’t be composted or put into your food waste caddy. 

Milk bottle monsters make a great food-waste free alternative to pumpkins. Draw on a ghoulish face and cut a flap in the back of the bottle to fit in a torch or flameless candle #WasteLessHalloween  

Halloween monsters made from milk bottles - alternative to pumpkins

Scrap paper spider

Remember making paper snowflakes? This is the spookier version. Fold a square piece of scrap paper using the instructions in this YouTube video to make your spider’s web. 

Cut four lengths of yarn long enough to give your spider his eight legs on either side and attach to a bottle cap using a certain blue reusable adhesive (other colours are available). Finish off by drawing on some eyes or using the googly variety.  

Decorative witch's hat

If you’re looking for some extra creepiness for your windows or perhaps a doorstep decoration, try a witch’s hat! All you need is some cereal boxes and a little creativity.

Using a small plate or bowl draw out a circle and cut out to make the base of your witch’s hat. To make your cone shape, use a larger plate but this time draw a semi-circle on your card and cut. Roll the semi-circle to join the edges and attach together.

For a quick tutorial on making a cone you can check out this helpful resource. If you’re finding card a little tricky, swap to paper. Paint in spooky Halloween colours to finish. You can also use strips of card or paper to add a belt and buckle to your cackle-worthy creation.  

Witch hat made from cardboard

Competition now closed

Have a spooktacular Halloween without causing a nightmare for the environment by ditching the tat and making your own.   

From homemade decorations to your favourite pumpkin recipe, share your photos in the comments on our Facebook post or tag @HowToWasteLess in your Instagram photos using #WasteLessHalloween before 3pm 29 October 2020 for your chance to win an eco-friendly goodie bag worth over £40! 

Competition terms and conditions: 

  • Competition will run from 15 October 2020 to 3pm 29 October 2020 on both Facebook and Instagram. Entries outside of this time will not be counted.  
  • The competition is open to residents of Scotland aged 16 and over.
  • Winner will be drawn at random and contacted by direct message within five days of competition closing. If we don’t hear back from the winner by 2 November then the prize will be forfeited, and we reserve the right to draw a new winner.
  • Prize is a goodie bag of eco-friendly products worth up to £40 and is not transferable and can’t be swapped for cash.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to Zero Waste Scotland sharing submitted entry photos on our social media channels.
  • The competition hosted by Zero Waste Scotland is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.