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7 DIY Halloween Decorations You Can Make From Upcycled Waste

Have an eco-friendly holiday with these DIY Halloween decorations you can make from upcycled waste.

Written by
Kylie Fuller
Creating a spooky home, inside and out, is one of the
most anticipated activities of the fall season
. And this year, one man's trash can most definitely be another man's DIY Halloween decorations.
This year, it's estimated that
73 percent
of Americans will celebrate
, with more than half of them planning to decorate their homes. That's a lot of Halloween decor, and the waste can add up quickly. If you're looking to celebrate the eco-friendly way, consider going with DIY Halloween decorations instead.
With Halloween right around the corner, start utilizing your trash now. From
old plastic bags
to toilet paper rolls to used jars, start creating your spooky home with these fun DIY Halloween decorations.

7 Upcycled DIY Halloween Decorations

Apothecary Jars

Is your pantry overwhelmed with
empty bottles and jars
? Use some paint, printed or handmade labels, and food coloring to create a witchy apothecary.

Floating Cheesecloth Ghost

These simple and spooky ghosts make excellent indoor and outdoor decorations. Drape some old cheesecloth over a glass vase, and it'll look like your ghost is floating.

Spider Web Wreath

You can decorate your door this Halloween with nothing more than sticks and string. This wreath even used
cloth strips from an old t-shirt


If you have an old mirror lying around that you don't use anymore, you can create a realistic tombstone with paint. It will be an eye-catching decoration you'll want to put on display for years to come.

Floating Candles

Obsessed with Harry Potter? You can recreate Hogwarts' signature Halloween look with nothing more than tealights and cardboard paper towel or toilet paper rolls.

Spirit Jugs

If you're constantly recycling milk jugs, consider saving them for a few weeks. With some string lights or tealights and a marker, you can create a family of ghosts that rivals even the best Jack-O-Lantern.

Giant Spider

This is one of the most fun DIY Halloween decorations. To make an upcycled giant spider, stuff some plastic bags with whatever you have on hand. Then paint them black, or the color of your choosing. The oversized arachnid can welcome all your guests.