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Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by engaging your children in crafting spooktacular decorations using recycled materials? Not only will you unleash their creativity, but you’ll also teach them about the importance of repurposing and reducing waste. Get ready for a frightfully fun time as we explore three Halloween decorations that you and your kids can create using recycled materials.

Ghostly Milk Jug Lanterns

Transform empty milk jugs into enchanting ghost lanterns that will add a ghostly glow to your Halloween festivities. 

How to make them:

  1. Start by cleaning and drying the milk jugs thoroughly. 
  2. Use a permanent marker to draw ghostly faces on the front of each jug. 
  3. Next, cut out a small hole at the bottom of each jug and insert a battery-operated tea light or string lights inside. 

Watch as these eerie lanterns come to life, casting spooky shadows and illuminating your Halloween decor.

Boo-tiful Egg Carton Bats

Give empty egg cartons a new lease on life by transforming them into charming bats to hang around your home this spooky season. 

How to make them:

  1. Cut out individual cups from the egg carton, leaving a portion of the carton intact as the bat’s body. 
  2. Paint the cups black or any other spooky colour your child desires. 
  3. Once dry, attach googly eyes, fangs made from white paper, and wings cut from black construction paper. 
  4. Add a string or fishing line to hang the bats from doorways, windows, or trees. 

These adorable upcycled bats will give your Halloween decorations a touch of whimsy.

Spooky Tin Can Luminaries

Gather empty tin cans from your recycling bin and transform them into eerie luminaries that will cast a haunting glow. 

How to make them:

  1. Clean the cans thoroughly and remove any labels. 
  2. Fill them with water and place them in the freezer overnight. 
  3. Once frozen, draw spooky designs, such as skulls, ghosts, or spiders, on the surface of the cans using a marker. 
  4. Using a nail and a hammer, carefully punch holes along the drawn lines. 
  5. Allow the ice to melt, dry the cans, and place battery-operated tea lights inside. 

These chilling tin can luminaries will create an eerie ambiance on your porch or along garden paths.

From ghostly milk jug lanterns to adorable egg carton bats and eerie tin can luminaries, these crafts not only provide hours of family fun but also reinforce the importance of repurposing and reducing waste. So, gather your recycled materials, unleash your creativity, and let the Halloween spirit soar as you adorn your home with eco-friendly decorations. Happy crafting and a boo-tiful Halloween to you and your little ghouls!