30+ Upcycling Projects and Halloween Craft Ideas

30+ Upcycling Projects and Halloween Craft Ideas

Upcycling and Halloween are a match made in DIY heaven. There are simply SO MANY THINGS that can be upcycled into Halloween ghosts or jack-o-lantern pumpkins…and that’s really only the beginning. Thrift store shelves, garage sales, and flea markets are ripe with upcycling projects and Halloween craft ideas.

I’m certainly no stranger to transforming thrift store items into Halloween decorations! You know those Christmas window candles that are all over the thrift store shelves? Well, they are PERFECT for repurposing into spooky Halloween decor

Creepy candles for Halloween from Christmas window candles

And glass light shades from outdated ceiling fans are ideal for this 5 minute Halloween craft project

halloween ghost lights from glass light covers

And, let’s not forget the plastic pumpkins or candy buckets, which are easily upcycled into junky Halloween decor!

Plastic pumpkins as primitive Halloween decor with rust effect paint

See what I mean? Upcycling projects and Halloween craft ideas and are positively endless.

From thrift store books, to ceramic figurines, to candlesticks, picture frames, and beyond. And many of them only take a few minutes to make, no matter your crafting skill level.

Making a Halloween Spell Book from an Old Yearbook

There is a repurposing project and Halloween craft idea out there for you waiting to be discovered! From sweet to creepy (like these coasters below)– and everything in between!

halloween coasters with hazmat stickers

But I’m not the only blogger who loves upcycling things into scary or spooky decor! I’ve gathered some of the best ideas around to inspire you to get busy with your glue gun this Halloween season.

Upcycling Projects and Halloween Craft Ideas

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Oh my gosh, so many Halloween craft ideas and some serious repurposing genius going on! And of course, I’m already cooking up some new upcycled Halloween projects in my mind, while reliving some all-time favorites, like my Halloween candy stand.

Halloween trick or treat ideas with a candy bowl holder

See what I mean, though? Upcycling and Halloween decor really do go hand-in-bony-hand. So, next time you’re at a yard sale, thrift store, flea market, or vintage shop, keep an eye out for pieces that can be repurposed into DIY Halloween decor. 

And take advantage of pre-existing rust and crust, like I did on these lanterns

halloween terrarium in a black candle lantern

I bet you’ll be surprised how many ideas come together!

Let me know what kind of upcycling projects you’ll be doing for Halloween this year! Especially if you were inspired by a Halloween craft idea in this collection!

Terracotta jack o lantern for boho Halloween

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. What a fun round up! I love recycled projects I think it takes an extra bit of imagination and vision to make one. Thanks so much for including my paper book pumpkin in your collection! Pinnig, of course 🙂

  2. Great collection of ideas ! *Love* barbie doll zombies!!

  3. Love these ideas!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I love all of these ideas. Great job on the round up.Thanks for linking up to the Home Matters Party with you! #HomeMattersParty Hope to see you next week. http://lauraslittlehousetips.com/home-matters-linky-party-59/

  5. What great projects. So many ideas to keep in mind.

  6. These are some awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  7. These are all great Halloween ideas! I love them all, but the ironing board ghost is my favor. It’s so cute! What a great repurpose.

  8. Love this round up! The skull vodka bottle turned into a light fixture is genius! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  9. WOW! You have made some awesome projects. Congratulations on your feature on the #HomeMattersParty

  10. Jann Olson says

    Some really great ideas! Love the skeleton sconce and bat windows. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Great round up! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty http://cu-rio.net/home-matters-linky-party-60/ Congratulations on the feature!

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