Spooky and Sustainable Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of the most festive holidays of the year, but there are plenty of reasons to rethink traditional decorations. Making your own decorations cuts back on plastic and other materials that can harm the earth. Get your home Halloween ready with these eco-friendly crafts and accents!

A few tips on sourcing your supplies 

Forgo expensive Halloween pop-ups this season and shop local. Farmers markets usually sell gourds, mums, and pumpkins for cheap. Thrifting is a fun way to find unique accents and fabrics. Antique shops are another resource for old picture frames, bottles, candle holders, and lamps to recycle into eerie Halloween decor.

10 craft and accent ideas for a green Halloween 

1. Before you recycle your old black trash bags, check out this adorable spider web craft. Unlike fake spider webs, trash bag webs don’t pose a threat to owls, bees, and other wildlife. Love to knit? Repurpose extra thread into webs on bushes and trees.

2. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, give your guests a cute and creepy pour with jack-‘o-lantern wine bottles. Make the table even more festive by repurposing small pumpkins into sparkly place cards. For an understated look, find supplies to make this eerie centerpiece at the Dollar Store.

3. Evoke the chilling atmosphere of haunted hayrides by decorating stacked hay bales with gourds, mini-pumpkins, and corn stalks. Cut up old autumn-colored flannels and drape them over single hay bales. After the season ends, you can recycle your hay into compost.

4. Bright orange, green, and purple might not mesh with your home. Hang up a black twig wreath to keep it chic and make it spooky. Collect branches in your neighborhood to make this no-fuss craft, or buy this beautiful hand wrapped wreath by GNVDesigns.

5. Save your old sweaters from the donation pile – cable knit pumpkins are chic, eco-friendly accents for the patio and the dining room.

6. Transform old tin cans into spooky luminaries by following this easy DIY tutorial. This craft is a great alternative to paper bag luminaries, which are more likely to fly away and turn into litter.

7. Black cats are a Halloween staple. This black cat carved from recycled wood by SoAddictDecor will charm trick or treaters and guests alike.

8. Ring in the season of the witch by hanging witch hat luminaries around the front door. The tutorial recommends buying cheap hats, but making your own out of cardboard is even more Earth conscious.

9. Set out soybean skull candles by StoryofTheScent to create a chilling atmosphere. Halloween stores sell candles made from paraffin wax, which emit chemicals that pollute the air. (If you don’t like skulls, decorate your end tables with sweet pumpkin head candles by Hickoryhillcandle.)

10. Mason jars are so multifunctional — you can even use them to make a ghoulish apothecary in your kitchen. Simply fill your mason jars with a combination of moss, glycerin or vinegar mixed with food coloring, and throw in creepy items like doll parts and old toys. To go the extra mile, decorate your mason jars with authentic looking labels.

Serve up Coffee in Style

Offering your guest coffee is a fun, rewarding experience when you have a pleasing looking at home coffee bar. There are so many ways to go about this trendy interior design, so read these tips to make the most practical, impressive coffee bar. 

Invest in a single serve coffee maker  

Having to brew an entire pot of coffee whenever you offer a cup to someone is not only time consuming, but it’s wasteful. Invest in an inexpensive single serve coffee maker. Brands such as Keurig have changed the coffee game by introducing a quick, efficient way to give people endless options to brew a cup in a minute. With a single brew system, you can have a variety of roasts and flavors available for people at the touch of a button.  

Have a variety of roasts 

Don’t forget the tea and decaf. Having a coffee bar shouldn’t just include the caffeinated treat, but it should also have some teas and decaf options too. It’s all about accommodating everyone who walks through the door, including yourself.  

Hang up mugs 

Consider displaying your mugs with hooks on the wall or on a rotating mug tree. For a more polished look use solid color mugs and stray away from mugs with logos and words.  

Store cream, sugar, and other stirins in a visible place  

Storing the accessories for a coffee bar is all about presentation. First step is to put in shelving. Use wire baskets, glass jars, and other see-through storage containers. Add a legible label so people don’t have to search through unlabeled, confusing storage to fix their cup to their liking.  

Make it presentable 

Personalize your station with artwork, fresh paint colors, and decorative items. Impress your guests with your interior design skills. Searching at home coffee bar on Pinterest is a good place for design inspiration.  

Make your home an inviting place for all who come through by following these tips for an at-home coffee bar. No matter what design, storage, or coffee you choose just remember to offer a cup.