We’re officially in spooky season, which means we can expect Halloween decorations to be making an appearance by front doors across the country soon. But with a shocking 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated each Halloween, decorating sustainably has never been more important.
To help you get into the festivities without worrying about waste, the experts at The Greenhouse People have put together their top DIY Halloween decorations you can craft using materials found in your garden.
DIY Halloween decorations – Scary spider web sticks
If you’ve got a tree in your garden, you’re bound to find lots of little sticks and twigs cluttering your lawn. But these can be very handy for crafting Halloween decorations.
You could chop and glue together small sticks to make spider web patterns. These are more robust than cutting paper webs, so perfect for outdoor use by your front door.
You can spray-paint your stick spider webs black, white or even throw some glitter on – whatever matches your decorative style. Alternatively, you can even leave the sticks bare if you’re after a more rustic look.
DIY Halloween decorations – Terrifying terrariums
Terrariums are fantastic small displays you can make for any festive period using natural materials, but they’re especially perfect for Halloween. Nothing says Halloween like a graveyard, and you may be able to forage most of your materials in your own back garden.
Start by collecting some small stones, dried moss and twigs. Layer the moss first, and you can fill in empty patches with stones to create pathways through the graveyard. You should also keep a lookout for flat grey stones you can write on that work as the gravestone, or use small plastic tombstone decorations instead.
Twigs can also be used to create the look of leafless trees for extra dimension.
If you don’t have a terrarium on hand, a clear bowel or even a mason jar will work just as well.
DIY Halloween decorations – Petrifying plant pots
Give your existing plants a little Halloween spirit by simply upcycling plant pots. All you need is a little paint and creativity!
For terracotta pots, you can simply leave them their striking orange shade and paint a ghoulish face, mimicking what you might carve into a pumpkin.
Or even simpler, use some red acrylic to paint some bloody drips around the rim of the plant pot, giving your plants a creepy carnivorous look.
Alternatively, make use of carved-out pumpkins as a vase for any flower cuttings from your garden to spare your plant pots. For an extra spooky look, you can transform seasonal cut flowers black by placing their stems in black food dye for several days.
DIY Halloween decorations – Harrowing Halloween wreaths
No longer just for Christmas, wreaths are cropping up on front doors throughout the year and are an easy way to mark your home as a haven for Halloween festivities.
Fallen leaves in classic autumnal shades of red, yellow or orange make the perfect base for your wreath, so keep a hold of any leaves you collect on autumn walks or save those that fall in your garden. You can preserve fallen leaves by pressing them in advance.
You can forage for additional foliage such as berries, twigs or include other dried flowers such as hydrangea for a classy autumnal showstopper.
Or, if you’re looking to bring a bit more spook, string across some fake spider’s web and add spray-painted black twigs and other small Halloween trinkets such as plastic skulls, knitted pumpkins or black and white striped ribbons for a more ghoulish look.
DIY Halloween decorations – Perilous pumpkins
While we love the traditional look of carved pumpkin faces if you’re looking to do something a little different this year, why not try zhuzh up your pumpkins with foraged goods.
You can use fallen autumn leaves, berries and even vines to give pumpkins a more sophisticated style. Simply use an adhesive spray to stick dried foraged materials to pumpkins.
And don’t forget, pumpkins come in a wide range of colours – you can find white, green and even blue pumpkins and gourds, so no need to stick to garish oranges if this doesn’t suit your style.