Ultimate Guide to Recycled Holiday Crafts for Kids

Recycled Halloween Crafts for Kids

CDs are great for playing spooky songs on Halloween, but they're good for more than just sound effects -- old CDs can be recycled into Halloween decorations, too.

To make a haunting Halloween ghost, paint both sides of the disc white. After the paint dries, color or paint on the ghost's mouth and eyes in black. The hole in the middle of the CD will be the ghost's nose, which you will also use to hang the ghost when you're finished.

You can also use this project to deplete that big stash of plastic bags you've been meaning to take back to the store, too. Cut a white plastic bag into strips about one inch (2.5 centimeters) wide and glue the strips around the bottom side of the CD. When you hang your ghost outside, the strips will blow in the breeze, giving the illusion that your ghost is hovering. Hanging the ghost with clear thread, such as fishing line, is best for a floating effect [source: Zambri-Dickerson].

Let children get creative -- embrace any ideas they have to decorate their ghosts for a truly unique decoration. A ghost with pink pom-poms for eyes may be uncommon, but a little decorative diversity can be fun, and it provides a chance for your kids to find more items to reuse and recycle around the house.

Egg cartons can be easily transformed into a variety of holiday characters, too. To make scary Halloween witches, cut the bottom of an egg carton into sections of two by two squares. Give each child one of these sections for his or her witch's face. Instruct kids to paint the indented side of the carton green. After the paint dries, they can color on eyes, warts or other facial features. Make the witch's hat from black construction paper and glue it on top of her head [source: Elmers].

On the next page, see what household items you and your kids can use to make crafts for Hanukkah.