Last Minute Halloween from the Recycling Bin

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few last minute Halloween decorations you can make with what's in your recycling bin!

Plastic Bag Pompom Pumpkins

Use orange (or orange and black) plastic grocery bags to create large pompom pumpkins. These will last forever (unfortunately).

Book Page Gourds

Have you already gone ahead and bought your pumpkins and gourds but have no time to carve and/or decorate them. Forget about it. Just tear some pages out of your old telephone books and slap these on with a bit of glue. Now that's gourd for you!!

Light Up the Night

Chinese lantern (physalis) pods make a wonderful display that you can keep up until Thanksgiving. Just insert the light bulbs of battery-powered string lights into each little seed pod and drape over a mirror.


Here's a nifty way to serve up Halloween treats for your kiddies. Empty your eggs, wash carefully, add a few treats then a witch hat and mask. A cracking good idea don't you think!

Potion Bottles

Grab a few bottles from the recycling bin and decorate with horrifying Halloween labels. You can find loads online or make your own. These are best for your grown-up parties.

Your recycling bin is truly a great source of inspiration.

Frugal Halloween Decorating

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a fun and frugal idea way to create little treat boxes for any little Halloween visitors and it's almost all from your recycling bin! I got the idea when I pinched a discarded candy display case from a local store (I get most of my cardboard boxes there!!).

First I took some cardboard paper towel rolls (I don't like using cardboard toilet rolls for obvious reasons) and cut them in half. Next I cut circles of cardboard slightly larger in diameter than the diameter of the cardboard rolls and glued these to the bottoms of the rolls. Then I filled each little container with Halloween treats. To top the containers, I cut out circles of black paper 1/2" larger than the diameter and secured them to the top of the containers with string. If you find the tops difficult to place, use any extra cupcake liners you have on hand and use an elastic band to keep the liners on. The final step was to glue on some downloaded labels.

Kids Halloween Workshop

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Halloween workshop for kids at the JPRA was a success even though more kids showed up than I had planned for. We made bat necklaces using cardboard along with drinking straw necklaces. By far the most popular project were these 'rosettes' decorating pencils. 

Because the time for this workshop was only an hour, I came up with the idea to use cupcake liners to create the rosettes to decorate pencils - no folding or cutting required. To ensure that the rosettes kept their shape, a small piece of cardboard was inserted between the liners.

Treasures from Nature

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

If you think that you need buckets of money to decorate your home, think again. Just head out to your back yard, local park or woods and you will find more than you can imagine to create natural and charming decorations for no money and very little time. Why not create a wonderful centrepiece using Chinese Lanterns? Use a string of fairy lights and you're all set.

Gather up colourful leaves and make a bright and cheery maple leaf wreath. All it takes is a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle form and glue. Before making the wreath use a warm iron to flatten the leaves between sheets of wax paper.

Have a little fun and create a few large 'butterflies' to decorate your seasonal pumpkins or your walls. Fold leaves to form wings and glue to a gnarly twig. Again, press the leaves flat before making these 'insects'.

None of these ideas take a lot of time and certainly no money. What would you do?