How to make a witch’s cauldron

Our Halloween garland above the fireplace is taking shape. Little handmade extras appear as the days go by. This weekend, cauldrons were added. A quick and easy craft activity for all ages.

The best part was that everything we used to make them, came from my collection of pre-used junk that’s too good to throw away. Squirreled away for just the right moment. Guarded fiercely. Waiting for its day to be in the limelight once more.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds themselves justifying why they have a collection of little boxes and bottle tops? Jam jars and little bits of felt?

Anyway, back to the cauldrons. Want to see how we made them?

To start, we used the ball washing liquid dispensers from the wool wash bottles. They were calling out to be cauldrons. I’ve seen the bottom of fizzy drink bottles used before, which work well and are easy to find. The cauldron feet are already there too, but I like the laundry balls more as they curve in at the top. Like a cauldron straight out of a child’s story book…well, almost.

(Scholastic Book Services “The Witch Next Door” – which I adored)

The legs are three pony beads. Any colour as they will be covered up. Black tissue paper that came out of a pair of new shoes and colourful tissue paper that has been in my collection so long, I have no idea when it arrived. Same could be said for the pipecleaners we used too.

Using my glue gun, I stuck the ponybeads to the bottom of the washing balls.

While it cooled, we cut out a square of black tissue paper, before our fingers got too sticky. It was large enough to wrap round the ball.

Next covered the balls in PVA glue, sat it in the centre of the tissue paper square and wrapped the paper around, tucking the ends into the open top. We stuck a smaller square of tissue over the legs to reinforce and cover the legs.

The pipecleaner was cut to a length that fitted in with the size of the cauldron. Using PVA glue, we wrapped a long rectangle of black tissue paper around the pipecleaner. Bent the pipecleaner into a handle shape and stuck it into the inside of the cauldron. Very sticky operation. I used clothes pegs to temporarily hold them in place, but not long enough to become stuck.

A scrap of coloured tissue was popped into each cauldron. We were going to add glow in the dark paint to add stripes, but it had dried up in the bottle. The ghost lights make up for it. Hopefully.

(Ghost lights found this weekend in Poundland …… for £1)

Finally, tied or hooked  the cauldrons to the Halloween garland.

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19 thoughts on “How to make a witch’s cauldron

  • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 11:24 am

    These are amazing! Thanks for sharing such a great looking craft. I love how detailed your instructions are too. Thanks!

  • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    They’re very cute! Thanks for sharing. #MMBC

  • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    These look fab! What a great craft for Halloween. #MMBC

  • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Aww, wow. These look great. What a fab idea 🙂 #MMBC

  • Monday 16 October, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    What a fantastic use of laundry ball, cauldrons look great.

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks Helen.

  • Tuesday 17 October, 2017 at 11:09 am

    What a fantastic idea and not too complicated and too many instructions make me anxious. Thanks for sharing X

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Simple can so often work the best.

  • Wednesday 18 October, 2017 at 3:22 am

    What a lovely idea! very inspirational…you are clever .
    Now I must go and look at my bits and bobs store and see what I can find!

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one with a bits and bobs store!

  • Wednesday 18 October, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Hi Cheryl, these cauldrons are really fab and look like fun to make.How Halloween has changed since we were small, I remember wearing a black bin bag, a witches hat and apple bobbing and that was it!… For years we had a ‘bit box’ under the bed for those ‘just in case’ things. When my two got to the age when I knew we weren’t ever going to use everything in it broke my heart to empty it out. It was like saying goodbye to something we would never get back. But to be honest we did dip into it, usually around Christmas, but my two weren’t very into creating things, they were much happier outside hunting for dinosaurs.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Hunting dinosaurs sounds a lot of fun. We’re keen on fossil hunting so I completely understand why they would enjoy it.

  • Wednesday 18 October, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    These are so cute! Thank you for sharing the “how to” with us.

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      A pleasure, Eileen

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      It is good fun to celebrate the season. Goes too quick.

  • Friday 20 October, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Loving these cauldrons. We’ve got some tissue paper so we may have a go too. #mmbc

    • Friday 27 October, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Hope you have fun.

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