Recycling Halloween Pails!

Recycling Halloween Pails!

From Old Fashioned Living

Am I the only one that ends up with oodles of those plastic Halloween pails for the kids? It seems like we always get three from one of the grandmas, and then the leftover ones from the year before, so I always have 6 or more laying around. I finally decided they must have some fun uses. Here is what I came up with for ours. By the way,I took off the handles for these decorations:

Fun plant pots for the porch and front yard! I poked holes in the bottom and dug up some calendulas, snapdragons and other annuals that were still blooming, and put them in the pails to sit around the porch steps and walk. You could buy mums and do the same thing!

Spooky Trees!
Fill the pail with rocks and stick in a branch. Hang fun Halloween critters like spiders or skeletons from the small branches. Tie black and orange ribbons around the branches too. This is so cheap if you use the rubber critters and leftover pails-make a bunch of them to sit around the yard. You could make a small one for the entry way and hang cookies from it for the kids!

You do have to be careful with this one. Don't leave them unattended. Place sand in the bottom and place a tea candle in the middle of the sand. This is a fun lantern to place on the steps.

Our visitors also shared ideas for using the never ending supply of plastic pumpkins and a few other fall tips!

Another idea to do with the plastic pumpkins is to stack them on top of each other in a corner. When you put the handles to the back, it looks like a pumpkin totem pole. It is an easy way to create a decoration. Also, it makes it easier to find them to use for trick or treating on Halloween night. ~From Marlene

These ghosts are truly cheap and easy! Take a white plastic kitchen garbage bag and insert crumpled newspaper or some smaller white plastic bags into the bottom center, forming a "head", then tie off with ribbon/string. Use a large sewing needle to run fishing line up thru the center of the head. Hang at various heights from trees, gutters, etc. ~ From Paula

Sarah had a few ideas---

Pumpkin Candle Holders: Cut out a circle in the top of a small pumpkin and put a candle in it!

Pumpkin Vase: Hollow out a pumpkin and put fresh or dried flowers it. Put a glass of water in the center to secure fresh flowers. Put sand in the bottom of the pumpkin for dried flowers.

Easiest Pumpkin Cookies Ever!

1 package spice cake mix

16 ounce can pure pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Mix and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. (I know it doesn't sound right, but I swear, they are delicious!)

And finally, put miniature pumpkins all over the house for a festive feel. I have found that they are actually quite cheap!


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