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DIY Witch Cauldron

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Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!

How to Create a Witch Cauldron

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I love decorating the house with unique pieces. One item I don't have is a large cauldron. Instead of buying one, I thought it would be fun to create my own.

I have quite the collection of plastic trick-or-treat buckets sitting in the garage now that my son is too old for the tradition. This was the perfect base to start crafting my own cauldron. With a little paint and ingenuity, this basic orange jack-o-lantern was transformed into a spooky witch's cauldron.

This is my favorite piece this season. It's a decor item you'll want to display every Halloween!

Materials Needed

  • Plastic trick-or-treat pumpkin
  • Thin cardboard, I used an old soda box
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Modge Podge Ultra spray on
  • Dowel rod
  • Sandpaper
  • Black, silver, dark blue acrylic paint
  • Packing cloth, old cloth, or cheesecloth (You'll want something with a little texture but thick enough to smooth out the face of your plastic pumpkin)
  • Modge Podge Matte
  • Old brake hangers (Something to use as the handles)
  • Spider web
  • Plastic spiders

Steps 1—8

  1. To get started, cut out shapes from your thin cardboard to fill the indents created by the face on your pumpkin. These do not have to be perfect, but they will help when it's time to paint. To get the shapes, I pressed a small piece of cardboard into the indent and cut along the folds that were created.
  2. Spread a thin layer of hot glue onto the back of each shape and press it firmly to the pumpkin.
  3. Place plastic pumpkin on a sheet of newspaper. Spray a generous amount of Modge Podge all over the pumpkin. Use a foam brush to spread it out and get rid of any drips. Allow the pumpkin to dry.
  4. While the pumpkin is drying, mark three 1-inch pieces on your dowel rod and cut them. I used a bow saw to cut mine.
  5. Take a piece or two of sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges. I used 400 grit on the ends where I made my cuts and 150 grit on the sides.
  6. Place a blob of black acrylic paint on another piece of cardboard. Add a touch of silver. Paint each dowel piece and let it dry completely.
  7. Once your pumpkin is dry from the Modge Podge, flip it upside down and begin painting it. I used black with a touch of silver. This will be your first coat. Let your pumpkin dry completely.
  8. Once the pumpkin is dry, flip it over and paint any areas you may have missed toward the top. You'll also want to paint the rim of the pumpkin. Let it dry completely.

Steps 9—13

9. To measure how much cloth you'll need, begin at one edge of your pumpkin rim above an eye. Leave about an inch of the cloth to tuck into the inside of the pumpkin. Wrap the cloth around the pumpkin, under the bottom, and up the other side to the opening. Cut the cloth, leaving about an inch to tuck into the inside.

10. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge Matte to the pumpkin where the cloth will cover. Firmly press your cloth in place, working side, bottom, and side.

11. Apply a thin line of hot glue to the ends of your cloth to secure them inside your pumpkin.

12. Repeat the above steps until your pumpkin's face is completely covered. Secure any edges that don't want to stay down with a thin bead of hot glue. Let dry completely.

13. Give your pumpkin another layer of paint. This time, I combined black with a darker blue. Let it dry completely.

Steps 14—17

14. Now comes the fun part, assembling your cauldron! Search around the house to find something that would fit perfectly for your handles. I used two rusted brake hangers. Once you have your items, hot glue them to the sides of your cauldron.

15. Flip your cauldron over and secure the three pieces of dowel rod to the bottom for the feet.

16. Time for finishing touches! Stretch a piece or two of spider web across your cauldron to add character. You can also add a few plastic spiders to the web if you wish.

17. Display your cauldron as part of your Halloween decor!


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