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Turn Your Compost Heap Into Arts and Crafts

Some people believe humans return to Earth as ghosts. I believe your garbage gets given a second chance at life through DIY projects. Whether you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly, decorating for Halloween on a budget, or want to keep the kids entertained, you’ve found the right article. We’ll share all the best arts and crafts ideas to try at home but with a spooky twist.

4 Spooky DIY Arts and Crafts Ideas

There are 101 ways to repurpose your trash, but we will look at the top four arts and crafts projects using things you can find in your trashcan. It might sound a little gross, but we promise it’s not. 

Gothic graveyard bouquet 

Don’t we all wish flowers didn’t have an expiration date? Well, just because they’re a bit wilted, it doesn’t need to be the end of the road for that beautiful bouquet. You can make your flowers immortal in a few simple steps.

What you need:

  • Wilted flowers
  • Thick book
  • Tissue paper

What to do:

  1. Start by selecting your favorite gloomy blossoms.
  2. Place them between two pieces of tissue paper.
  3. Put the tissue-wrapped flowers between any pages of your book or directly under it.
  4. After about a week, you should have gorgeously flattened flowers that you can frame or keep as a bookmark. 

Eerie bottle ghosts 

Do you need a string of glowing ghosts to haunt your house during Halloween? So no more. You might need to pop into the store for some of these supplies, but you’ll give a second life to a few lucky plastic bottles. 

What you need:

  • A few plastic bottles (as many as you can get)
  • String
  • LED tea lights
  • White paint
  • Black marker

What to do:

  1. Open the bottles and place an LED light inside each one.
  2. Next, you’re going to be painting each bottle white.
  3. Draw spooky ghost faces on them with a black marker.
  4. Lastly, tie them together with string and hang them anywhere in your house. 

Creepy Pumpkin carvings

You can find pumpkin carving ideas online, but our favorite (and the most straightforward way) is to stick to the Halloween classic: Angry eyes with super sharp teeth. 

What you need:

  • Hallowed out pumpkin
  • Knife

What to do: 

  1. If your pumpkin isn’t hallowed out yet (maybe you’ve used the insides for a delicious soup or pumpkin pie), you can start by making a hole at the top or bottom of the pumpkin and scooping everything out.
  2. It’s time for the fun part: carve out the eyes and mouth.
  3. You can place your pumpkin outside as a decoration and even put a light inside it.

Wicked witch broom

Do you have a Harry Potter-themed birthday party coming up for your little ones? This might be the perfect DIY project to keep them entertained for hours. 

What you need:

  • Stick
  • Twigs
  • String

What to do: 

  1. After you’ve collected the twigs from the garden or a nearby forest, you’ll need to make sure they’re similar in length.
  2. Gather the twigs around bigger sticks and tie them together with string.
  3. Ghostly leaves

This is a great way to use all the fallen leaves gathering in your garden during autumn. You can turn any leaf into a little ghost with a little bit of paint and creativity.

What you need:

  • Fallen autumn leaves
  • Paint (white)
  • Black marker

What to do:

  1. Start by painting all the leaves white (like a ghost).
  2. And lastly, have fun drawing little spooky faces on them. This is your chance to get creative!


Recycling is all the rage, so why not join the fun? You can quickly turn your compost heap into an arts and crafts project. From decorating the house with spooky leaves to lighting up the room with haunted bottles, who said arts and crafts can’t be sustainable and spooky? 

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