Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus – DIY Witch’s Cauldron

For the last decade, I’ve spent the majority of each October meticulously planning and assembling Halloween costumes for my daughters. Last year, for the first time ever, they all picked out costumes that required nothing from me. Nothing. Sure, I found reasons to create some fun accessories and coordinating trick-or-treat bags, but there is too much Halloween creativity running wild in my brain for my hands to just sit still. 

halloween cauldron witch DIY

Now, I get to focus my creative energy on designing a fun and whimsical porch display. I’ve been collecting witch-inspired decor for years, but this year I channeled the Sanderson sisters with a variety of crafts. 

I painted “Hocus Pocus” inspired signs and door mat.

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Come little children, I’ll take thee away…

This printable is the perfect focal point to create a framed door hanging instead of a traditional wreath. 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

However, my favorite part of the whole setup is my witch’s cauldron. I searched the storage room for our cheap, beat up, old plastic cauldron. I told my daughter I was going to transform it. Unfortunately, she was completely unimpressed, repeatedly telling me, “That doesn’t look realistic at all.” Hopefully, one of my fellow Halloween-loving crafty moms will be more impressed. 

DIY Witch’s Cauldron 


-Plastic cauldron
-Glue (mod podge, spray adhesive)
-Cheesecloth (textured paper or fabric)
-Metallic spray paint
-Spray foam
-Toy spiders/bugs/snakes 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Step 1:

Adhere various textured fabrics and paper to the cauldron. Mix oatmeal (or sand) with glue to create a paste. Apply the paste randomly to build up layers of texture.  

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Step 2:

After the cauldron is completely dry, spray paint using a metallic finish paint. 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Step 3:

Stuff the base of the cauldron with newspaper (bubble wrap and foil are also great options). Begin spraying foam insulation. The foam will continue to expand as it dries. 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Step 4:

While the foam is still wet, gently place toy spiders, snakes, bugs, or bones in it. Allow to dry overnight. 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Step 5:

Paint foam with acrylic paint. If you plan to use your cauldron outside, it’s a good idea to spray the entire thing in a clear coat after it is dry. 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus

Step 6:

Break out the spell book and conjure up some magic! 

halloween cauldron witch DIY hocus pocus
The finished product, ready for your front porch or fireplace!


Michele Langseth
Michele is a wife and a mother of three girls (7, 4, &1). She is originally from Sioux City, IA but has lived with her husband in North Liberty for almost 9 years. She works from home as an in-home childcare provider as well as a mompreneur making specialty desserts as well as children’s accessories and apparel. She spends her days creating all types of artwork and food while constantly learning new skills. She began her blog vanillabeansanddaydreams.blogspot.com this year as a way to document her journey to rediscover her passion for art.


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