Halloween Recycled Crafts

October 8, 2008

Halloween BucketThis is a recycled coffee can that you could use for your Halloween candy or just for a decoration.



Cut a paper pattern the size of the sides of the coffee can. Lay this on the canvas and cut out allowing for about a 1 inch overlap on all sides.

Paint your "pumpkin" on the canvas. Add leaves and curly vines.

Spread glue over the entire can. Lay the canvas piece on the can and press down to stick. Overlap the ends on top of each other. Apply glue about an inch down on the inside lip. Fold the top over into the inside of the can. Spread glue on the bottom of the can about an inch from the outside edge. Press the edges of the canvas onto the bottom of the can.

Optional: Wrap a piece of the wire around the outside edge of the top of the can. Twist to secure.

Working from the inside, punch two holes on each side of the can with the metal punch or a nail. This is easier if you lay the can on a piece of wood. You'll want these holes on top of each other about 1/2 inches apart.


Cut a piece of wire about 24 inches long. Find the middle and wrap coils around a pencil. Remove pencil.

Working from the outside, feed one end of the wire through one of the top holes and feeding it back out to the outside through the bottom hole. Using pliers, bend the loop together to close. Repeat on other side.

Tie raffia onto wire.

Tear tissue paper into chunks and glue to inside of can until fully covered.

Cut a piece of black felt and glue to bottom of can.

By Artlady from Edmond, OK

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October 8, 2011

I am looking for things around the house that are recyclable to make Halloween crafts. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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Using assorted empty jars, create a spooky candy storage system. Spray paint jars layering paints to create a spooky effect (dripping blood, candy corn, pumpkin orange, cloudy night, etc).


Use your computer and the "chiller" font to print labels on plain white paper.

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December 16, 2020

This is a recycled craft made from empty food cans. The faces are made with an acetylene cutting torch. Finish the project by painting the can orange, adding a wire handle, and a tea light or votive candle inside. A good project for the kids once the cans are prepared.

A collection recycled cans decorated to resemble jack-'o-lanterns.

December 16, 2020

These are just old bottles I picked up on the side of the street. They can be used just for decoration or you can put a candle in them.


They are especially cute if you let the candle drip down the sides.

November 7, 2020

Altered a book and make a nice box. You can decorate it with broken jewelry or create a Christmas scene in the book. I made a skeleton in it.

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