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.
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.
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.
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
-Glue (mod podge, spray adhesive)
-Cheesecloth (textured paper or fabric)
-Metallic spray paint
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.
After the cauldron is completely dry, spray paint using a metallic finish paint.
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.
While the foam is still wet, gently place toy spiders, snakes, bugs, or bones in it. Allow to dry overnight.
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.
Break out the spell book and conjure up some magic!