carved pumpkin

Pumpkin carving

Halloween is such a fun time of year, don’t you think? All the costumes, the sweets, the spooky films – there is so much to love! And there are loads of ways to celebrate Halloween without harming our lovely planet. Whether you use materials you already have in the house, find your materials at a charity shop or get everything you need from nature, these 5 craft ideas will keep you entertained all Halloween without hurting the environment.

1. The Classic Pumpkin

You can’t go wrong with a classic pumpkin. Edible, craft able and biodegradable, carving a pumpkin is a great Halloween activity and it makes a great decoration. Although carving a pumpkin is an age old tradition, there are plenty of ways you can experiment to make something new. So be creative and come up with your own unique ideas.

2. Head in a jar

All you need for this is an old jam jar, some water, some food colouring and a photo of yourself, a family member or your least favourite politician. Simply place the photo in the jar, pour the coloured water over the top and seal. There you have it. A very terrifying head in a jar. Here is a jar we made featuring David, our Green Volunteers Coordinator.

3. Autumn Wreath

Collecting materials for an autumn wreath is a great way to spend time in nature. Simply collect loose twigs, pretty leaves and anything else that takes your fancy, bring them home and shape into a wreath to hang on your door or on your wall. When collecting your materials try to be mindful of what you are selecting. Only choose materials that you really want in your wreath.

4. Salt Dough Decorations

All you need is 250g of plain flour. 125g of table salt. 125ml of water. Mix this together until it becomes a ball of dough. Then roll out and cut out shapes or make models. The possibilities are endless. Bats, Cats, Pumpkins, Ghosts, Eyeballs. When you are done, place your models on a lined baking tray and bake for 3 hours or until they are hard. Then when the models are cool, paint them.

Had a successful craft? Proud of your green decorations? Send us your pictures or tag us on Instagram! We would love to see what your brilliant minds have come up with.

mans head in a jar with candles and mini pumpkin in front
autumn leaf wreath hanging outside a house