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Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Look no further for the ultimate list of wicked awesome upcycled Halloween decorations. I have compiled a list of ideas to make your Halloween gatherings a bit more green. Using materials you already have saves you money and helps keep our Earth a bit more green. Leave a comment with your favorite upcycled Halloween decorations and I’ll add it to the list!

Look no further for the ultimate list of wicked awesome upcycled Halloween decorations. Check out some of these awesome ideas!

Upcycled Halloween Costumes

Batman Costume – Red Ted Art


This costume just makes me so happy. I love Batman! And because Batman has several different versions, it makes it a bit easier to just use what you have. If you don’t have an old pair of trousers you can live without, thrift stores could always be a go-to source.

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Suit trousers
  • Yellow and Black felt
  • Glue
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Yellow and Black Ribbon
  • Iron on Patch

For the full tutorial, check out the blog post.

Frankenstein Costume – Red Ted Art

Who doesn’t have a big paper bag lying around? This is perfect for a last minute costume party or Halloween activity.

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Paper bag,
  • paints,
  • scissors
  • (Black clothes)

For the full tutorial, check out this blog post.

Umbrella Bat Wing Costume – Mother Natured

This probably makes my top 10 upcycling ideas. Even if you didn’t have a black umbrella, you could probably paint the umbrella black or have a multicolored bat.

Umbrella Bat Wing Costume - Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Black umbrella
  • Wire/side cutters
  • Black electrical tape
  • 2 metres of 25mm wide black ribbon
  • Scissors

These bat wings are easy to make and the best part is they don’t require sewing. Check out the full tutorial here.

Upcycled Halloween Games

Skull & Ghost Bean Bag Toss Game – Danya Banya

Hosting a Halloween party at your house? This wicked awesome bean bag toss game might be the perfect addition.

Bean Bag Toss - Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • foam board, or if you’re handy with tools, you could use plywood,
  • utility knife
  • black permanent marker
  • black paper
  • sticky tape

For the bean bags, socks without a mate and some rice and you’re good to go.

Check out the full tutorial and some other Halloween activities here.

Tin Can Alley Game – 3 Princesses, 1 Dude

What a fun way to use what you already have! These tin cans are easy to find and this is a great game to play with the family or at your next Halloween party!

Tin Can Alley Game Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • 6 tin cans
  • Felt in a choice of Halloween colours
  • Scissors
  • Glue

For the full tutorial, see this blog post.

 

Upcycled  Halloween Decorations

CD Ghosts – Danya Banya

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Check out this mother/daughter duo and these adorable ghosts! They used Windows ’95 program CDs and even repurposed black trousers for the mouth and  eyes. You can use these ghosts as indoor or outdoor decor.

Materials Needed:

  • CDs
  • white Acrylic craft paint
  • Black shirt or trousers

See the full tutorial here.

Decorative Halloween Jars – The Twitchetts

I’m loving these matte glass techniques. It’s easy and can be used in some many ways. Check out what The Twitchettes did with this technique.

Halloween Jars Wicked Awesome Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Elmer’s school glue. It must be the white kind.
  • Food Coloring.
  • A foam brush.
  • An empty jar (olives, jelly, pickles, salsa, etc.)
  • Water.
  • Cardstock Silhouette graphics. (I just taped pictures to black cardstock and cut them out)

Get the full tutorial here.

Frankenstein and Jack-o-Lantern Cereal Boxes – Preschool Toolbox

Don’t take those cereal boxes to the recycling center just yet. These adorable upcycled Halloween decorations are a perfect craft for your kid and will give those cereal boxes a new purpose.

Frankenstein and Jack-o-Lantern Cereal Boxes Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • 2 empty cereal boxes
  • green and orange construction paper (or foam sheets)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • markers

Get the full tutorial here along with some other Halloween crafts.

Ghost and Bat Egg Carton Bunting – Blue Bear Wood

I’m not sure about your house, but at mine, we go through lot of eggs, so the egg cartons are always piling up. This is a great way to use them up!

Halloween Bunting Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • three egg boxes
  • Black and white paint
  • glue
  • glue gun or tape
  • scissors
  • string or ribbon
  • googly eyes
  • paint brush

Get the full tutorial here.

Halloween Glitter & Glow Sensory Craft – KC Edventures

Looking for a sensory craft for your little ones? Not only is it a sensory project, it can also be used for a night light!

Halloween Glitter & Glow Sensory Craft Wicked Awesome Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Spice Jars
  • Burlap
  • Gauze
  • Glitter
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glow Sticks

Check out the full tutorial here.

Halloween Candle Holders

These upcycled Halloween candle holders are so fun and easy to make! They’re perfect to light up in Halloween decor display!

Wine bottle Halloween candle holders bring new light to any Halloween decor. I've featured two methods, so try both and let me know which one you like best!

Materials Needed:

  • Wine Bottles
  • Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue
  • Tub of Water
  • Spray Paint Sealer

Check out the full tutorial.

Halloween Wreath – The Twitchetts

This wreath is perfect for Halloween festivities and it’s easy too!

Spider Web Wicked Awesome Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • 4 sticks. 3 main sticks need to be the same size. No wider than your door. The 4th can be smaller.
  • A ball of t-shirt yarn made from one large white shirt (See how to make t-shirt yarn here).
  • Hot glue gun and glue.
  • A spider.

Get the full tutorial here.

Jar Jack-O-Lanterns – Red Ted Art

This is an easy project to give your upcycled Halloween decorations, a bit of an extra glow.

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Clean Jam Jar (the bigger the better)
  • Orange or yellow tissue paper
  • Decoupage glue or PVA watered down
  • Black paper
  • Paint brush
  • Candle or electric tea light

Get the full tutorial here.

Simple Feather and Felt Garland – Blue Bear Wood

The fireplace can be a difficult space to decorate, but this garland does a wicked awesome job occupying the space.

Simple Feather and Felt Garland Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Black Scrap Fabric
  • Felt
  • Battery Operated Fairy Lights
  • Plastic Creepy Crawlies
  • Scissors

Check out the full tutorial here.

Sweater Pumpkin – Playground Park Bench

These Sweater Pumpkins are just too cute. As I go through my clothes before the season change, I always find one or two sweaters that I take to the thrift store, but this year I’m going to do this instead.

Upcycled Sweater Pumpkin Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

The only materials you need are:

  • Cable Knit Sweater
  • A darning needle,
  • Stuffing,
  • White cotton yarn
  • Twine (optional).
  • Use sizing spray or hairspray to add the decorative curls in the twine ‘vine’ at the end.

Get out the full tutorial here.

Toilet Paper Roll Monsters – Danya Banya

Here’s another great group of upcycled Halloweeen decorations for the whole family to join in on. And who doesn’t have enough access to toilet paper rolls!

Toilet paper roll Monsters Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials needed:

  • Toilet paper rolls (or other cardboard tubes)
  • clear drying glue
  • wool (or yarn)
  • googly eyes
  • feathers (optional)
  • other embellishments (optional)

Check out the full tutorial for these adorable little monsters here.

T-Shirt Wreath – Blue Bear Wood

Got an old black t-shirt not getting any love? Check out this adorable t-shirt wreath!

T-Shirt Wreath Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • black t-shirt
  • a thick hoop
  • twigs
  • scrap felt
  • scissors

Check out the full tutorial here.

Upcycled Treat Holders

Bat Pinata/Good Bag – Red Ted Art

This upcycled Halloween decoration has loads of potential to be used in different ways. It can be used as bunting or goodie bags. Ultimately, she decided she wanted them to be pinatas. You can fill them with candy and add a little tag on the end to pull and the candy pops out.

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Black Card
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Paint Pen
  • Tissue Paper
  • Candy

For the full tutorial, check out this blog post.

Cardboard Tube Pumpkin – Buggy and Buddy

How cute are these cardboard tube pumpkins! These can serve as upcycled Halloween decorations, but it’s a great way to give out treats and reuse those cardboard rolls!

Trick or Treat Holders Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard tube (toilet paper roll or paper towel roll)
  • Scissors
  • Orange tissue paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Little treat like wrapped candy or stickers (optional)

For the full tutorial, check out this blog post!

Spiderweb Treat Holder – KC Edventures

How awesome is this?! This is perfect for those times where you still want folks to come by your house for candy, but can’t necessarily be around to hand out candy. It’s super easy to make and only needs a few items.

Trick or Treat Web Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • 4 long branches (ours were about 3.5 feet long)
  • one skein of t-shirt yarn
  •  packing tape
  •  scissors (bonus if yours are orange for Halloween 😉
  •  one HUGE bag of candy (or 2 if you have a lot of trick or treaters in your area!)

Check out this post for the full tutorial.

Tin Can Pumpkins – Typically Simple for Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

I loved this super easy way to hand out treats, whether for a party or a night of trick or treating.

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • empty, clean tin cans
  • orange spray paint
  • black permanent marker
  • tissue paper
  • candy (optional)

Check out this post for the full tutorial.

 

Upcycled Trick or Treat Bags

Monster Tote Bag – My Poppet

This is a genius use of an old cushion cover that’s seen better days!

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • Monster face template PDF
  • Old cushion/pillow cover with zippered side – NOT ENVELOPE BACK (or 2 squares of fabric 42x42cm [16″x16″])
  • For straps: Strong fabric 2 x 10cmx58cm (4″x22″) pieces
  • Fabric scraps in your choice of colours for applique
  • Sewing machine
  • General sewing supplies

Check out the full tutorial and the monster face template here.

Trick or Treat Cans – Simply Kierste

Ever in bind and don’t have access to supplies, so you have to get new ones? This what one lady did, but instead of buying new, she used the old. She used paint cans to make Trick or Treat bags when her others were buried in storage. How resourceful!

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • new paint cans
  • vinyl
  • ribbon/fabric

Get the full tutorial here.

T-shirt Bags- Homemade Ginger

T-shirt bags are super easy to customize, so you can use them in literally any occasion. That’s why I love this idea from Homemade Ginger.

Wicked Awesome Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Materials Needed:

  • T-shirts
  • Dye
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Black Fabric Paint

Check out the full tutorial here.

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Look no further for the ultimate list of wicked awesome upcycled Halloween decorations. Check out some of these awesome ideas!

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