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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eco-Friendly Halloween Craft

craft with leftover paper scrapsAt my house we reuse the plastic tubs that our organic lettuce comes in. They are great crafting boxes because they are clear and you can easily see what is inside and sort your craft supplies.

We keep one box just for leftover paper scraps. My kids love to craft and are always cutting up paper for one reason or another.

At the end of their crafting, they know that it is time to pick up all the paper scraps and put them in our paper scrap box that can be used later for collages.

For Halloween, you can utilize your leftover paper scraps and create eco-friendly Halloween crafts.

It’s fun to do as a family activity so you can all share in the creation process and then see what everyone has created.

paste together in a mosaic fashionHere are some simple steps:

1.    First help your child by taking out some of the scraps and tearing them up (or cutting them up –my kids love to do this, too) into piles by color.

2.    Now that you see what colors you have to work with, think of simple Halloween images with your child that work for the colors you have. It is fun to see what they associate with Halloween!  

3.    Next, it’s simply a matter of drawing a quick sketch of the Halloween image and using a non-toxic, acid-free glue to paste the pieces of paper down in a mosaic fashion to fill in your image.

eco-friendly Halloween craft4.    You can further embellish them with other craft supplies you may have on hand such as left over Popsicle sticks or bits of cloth. You can also use things your child can collect from nature, such as feathers and leaves.  

5.    Lastly, make sure to display your eco-friendly Halloween crafts in your windows or around the house in place of store bought Halloween decorations.

As you can see this type of eco-friendly craft can be done for any season.  The idea is to reuse scraps that may otherwise be thrown away and to source some crafting supplies from nature rather than buying fake plastic supplies.

I would love to hear about your favorite eco-friendly Halloween craft!

Leave a comment to let me know what Halloween image your child thinks of when you do this craft with them!

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