10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY

Docked boat and landing on Seneca Lake, another boat is anchored in the lake


Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario’s shoreline in upstate New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY

Hubby and I go to Rochester frequently. He has a doctor in one of the suburbs, and so we head out there once per month at a minimum. Last week we made a day of it in Pittsford for the Buffalo Bills training camp, went over for lunch to the Genesee Brew House, then took a ride down to his doctor in the suburb of Victor, and then I met some friends for dinner on the way home. I always mention to one of those friends that if I lived in Rochester, I’d be in the Finger Lakes every weekend – and I am only half kidding.

That got me to thinking: what are some good day trips from Rochester, New York?

Here’s my list of 10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. I’ve defined a day trip as one which can reasonably driven to, the sights of the area enjoyed, and then returned home, all within a reasonable 10-14 hour day.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Buffalo, NY

Explore Buffalo’s waterfront with a visit to Canalside. Home to seasonal attractions, Canalside offers something new with each visit. While there, visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, which offers tours of US naval ships and a submarine, as well as other military equipment. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to take in Buffalo’s sites.

The Buffalo Zoo is the country’s third-oldest zoo and showcases animals from around the globe. From animals native to New York to those on the endangered list, a visit to the zoo is both educational and inspirational.
Test your science knowledge and skills at the Buffalo Museum of Science. With an exhibit that highlights the city from outer space, the museum is home to all types of attractions that appeal to people of all ages.

Since a lot of day trips to Buffalo happen in conjunction with a football or hockey game, I’d be remise in not mentioning that professional sports fans will enjoy a stadium tour of the Buffalo Bills’ home turf, as well as catching a game or watching the Buffalo Sabres hockey team.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

For even more ideas, check out this post: 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Canandaigua, NY

Located at the top of Canandaigua Lake, this picturesque little town offers some great food (OMG! go to the Rheinblick German Restaurant on Main Street – it is fabulous!), historical buildings, lots of summer fests, and the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic Park.

Roseland Wake Park is a great place to take the family. There are beginner classes especially for children. If your family likes outdoors, why not get a New York State fishing license (you can print it immediately online) and spend the day fishing!

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

Chimney Bluffs State Park – Wolcott

Created by glacier till, the rock formations resembling chimneys at the state park are among the most unique landscape features seen along Lake Ontario. Visitors to Chimney Bluffs State Park in Wolcott, about an hour from Rochester, can view the formations up-close or from the lakeshore. In either case, the view is spectacular. Head off on one of the park’s trails during your visit and enjoy a day in nature as you explore among the tall trees and beautiful views. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a meal while you explore Chimney Buffs State Park.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Corning, NY

Corning is home to outstanding museums and attractions on the southern edge of the Finger Lakes region.

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the history and science of glass. Visit the galleries showcasing beautiful pieces of glass artwork. Some of the best glass blowers in the world will create art pieces while you watch during live presentations. During your visit, try your hand at glass blowing, as classes are offered daily.

Norman Rockwell continues to be considered one of the best folk artists in American history. The New York native created more than 320 illustrations for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. While best-known for this work, Rockwell also created illustrations for the Boy Scouts of America’s magazine and other outlets. The museum’s exhibits include his illustrations and the studio he worked in, as well as other items, including his archives.

Known for its outstanding shops and boutiques, a visit to the Gaffer District is a must when visiting Corning. The five-block historical area is home to excellent restaurants and bars. I adore the Gaffer District – from the great resteraunts, to the glass works to the art galleries and shoppes, this area really has it all!

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

The Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region, known for its outstanding vineyards and wineries, is about an hour southeast of Rochester. The perfect location for a day’s visit, you can take in culture, history, nature and enjoy excellent food and wine during the trip.

With so many wineries and vineyards in the area, Finger Lakes is home to three wine trails. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail may be the best-known of the three. Founded in 1986, it’s the largest in New York. With a history of winemaking dating back to the mid-1800s, the region saw a resurgence with new vineyards in the 1970s. Today, wines produced from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region are considered among the best in the world.

A drive around any of the lakes, including Seneca, Canandaigua and Cayuga, are among the prettiest drives you can take anywhere. Check out some of the trails along the way, waterfalls, and New York State Parks, as well as visiting the shops and boutiques in communities like Watkins Glen and Seneca Falls.

More Finger Lakes Winery Information

(because I’ve spent lots of time there, and bought even more!

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If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Niagara Falls, NY

Located less than a two-hour drive west of Rochester, Niagara Falls (New York and Ontario) provide a perfect getaway. Of course, with the world-famous Falls flowing into the Niagara River, you can enjoy the view from either side of the border, standing feet away on the American side with a walk through the Niagara State Park.

The Canadian side offers a great view of the Horseshoe Falls with a large observation area.

If you want to get a water level view of Niagara Falls, take a tour about the Maid of the Mist (USA side), which takes poncho-wearing visitors as close as possible to the Falls. The mist from the Falls will greet you as the boat floats toward the basin of the horseshoe. Before revving its engines and heading back to the dock. If you truly want to get within a hands-reach, visit the Cave of the Winds. Wearing a poncho, you will ride the elevator down to a series of wooden stairs where you climb down Niagara Gorge, enjoying the spray of the falls while enjoying a close-up look at one of the wonders of the world.

While you are visiting the area, check out additional fun activities, such as the zipline to the Falls. Traveling about a mile across the falls more than 200 feet above the water, riders on the four ziplines reach a speed up to 40 mph (70 kph). If you are in the mood to speed on the river, enjoy a speed boat tour on the Niagara Gorge, speeding upriver as water flows overhead drenching you and your travel buddies.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

For even more ideas, check out this post: 365 Things to Do in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park – Darien Center

The region’s premier theme park, Six Flags Darien Lake is about an hour drive from Rochester, perfect for a day at the park. With rides for every member of the family – from thrill rides for teens and adults to child rides – you can easily plan to spend a day the Darien Lake attraction.

For people who love pushing themselves to the limit, Six Flags is ready to accommodate. Roller coaster fans will enjoy riding the Boomerang. Taking riders on the ride of their lives, this roller coaster moves fast and in all directions. Immediately dropping 125 feet and completing three loops, then doing it again…backwards. The 90-second ride will flip you and send you in all directions. This is not a ride for the faint hearted. The Boomerang is just one of a dozen thrill rides guaranteed to challenge you.

With nearly 20 family-style rides, Six Flags Darien Lake will allow for some quality family time on attractions like the Scrambler, Corn Popper or the Giant Wheel. Take a ride together on the Grizzly Run, featuring a circular raft traveling along a tamed-down version of whitewater rafting. While it may not be a Class III rapid, you will get wet on the Grizzly Run.

Looking for a safer ride for the younger members of the group? Then, head over to rides such as Bucky’s Barrels, Critter Chase or the Darien Lake Railway children’s train.

Six Flags offers several family-oriented entertainment shows throughout your visit. Grab a family meal at any of the concession areas.
During warmer weather, the park also has a water park featuring eight water attractions.

If you are going for a concert and not staying on the premises, check out hotel accomodations here: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Syracuse, NY

Just down the road (well, the I-90) from Rochester, Syracuse is home to the Syracuse University Orange college programs, featuring great football and basketball games.

It is also home to excellent outdoor activities, such as Highland Forest, where you can enjoy a hike among some of the most attractive scenery in Upstate New York, as well as joining a horseback riding tour. Visit Rosamund Griffin Zoo and see more than 700 animals, with many available at indoor exhibits.
History and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy self-guided tours of unique designs like the Niagara Mohawk Building (aka Niagara Hudson Building) and the Weighlock Building, which is home to the Erie Canal Museum.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

Watertown, NY

A trip to the 1000 Islands area is full of history and fun. While in Watertown, which is about 2 ½ hours northeast of Rochester, visit the historic Burrville Cider Mill. Built in 1801, the mill is a perfect spot during the fall for apple cider and donuts. While in the mood to tour historical sites, the Jefferson County Historical Society is housed in a 19th century mansion that once belonged to the Paddock family. Featuring family heirlooms and memorabilia, as well as exhibits from the Victorian era and other periods, this museum also includes a log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, and garden. The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library includes rooms decorated in historical style while housing books and more. Tours are available upon request.

If you prefer a day of outdoor adventure, Watertown is a great spot to visit. With ziplines, whitewater rafting, and nature trails available, you can spend all day exploring without stepping foot indoors.

However, if the family seeks a slower mode of day trip, visit the Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, a 32-acre zoo showcasing animals native to New York, such as elk, black bears, river otters and bald eagles. Old McDonald’s Farm encourages people to get up-close to more than 200 farm animals at the petting zoo. While there, take a hayride around the farm.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

10 Great Day Trips to Take from Rochester, NY. Rochester is a beautiful city hugging Lake Ontario's shoreline in northern New York. Rochester is positioned in a spot where several locations are within a 2-3-hour drive and make for a wonderful day trip. I have 10 great day trip destinations for you from the Rochester area!


Watkins Glen, NY

Home to professional auto racing, Watkins Glen International Raceway hosts both NASCAR and Formula One-style competitions. The racetrack has played an integral role in auto racing for more than half a century. Visit the International Motor Racing Research Center to learn about the history of racing and the role Watkins Glen has played.

Watkins Glen State Park offers a beautiful nature experience as one of the best parks in the New York. During a two-mile hike, you’ll travel down 400 feet, taking in majestic views of waterfalls and cliffs. Named as one of the best parks in the country by USA Today readers, hiking trails take you over and under waterfalls as you discover amazing views of the gorge.

Take a cruise around Seneca Lake on a Captain Bill’s cruise ship. Founded in 1963, the tour company continues to be one of the Finger Lakes’ most popular lake cruises. Captain Bill’s offers daily tour cruises, as well as dinner and special occasion ventures.

As part of the Finger Lakes region, you will find great resteraunts and wineries in the area- And bakeries! We have visited some delicious bakeries while in Watkins Glen – as well as outstanding local shops and boutiques.

If you decide to stay overnight, here are some great places to find hotels and B&Bs: local hotels and more hotels! and more hotels.

While Rochester offers its fair share of attractions, such as the George Eastman Museum (of Eastman-Kodak camera fame) and Seneca Park Zoo, sometimes you just need to getaway and take a break from your area. In that case, Rochester is centrally located to offer some great day trip options, from Niagara Falls to the history of auto racing and areas for great wine. As you venture out for the day, have a great time.


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Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe

sweet potato and bacon quiche missing on slice, in a black pan, on a blue placemat. A napkin and silverware rests above the serving


This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and fresh farm eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe

A quiche is a savory dish consisting of a pastry crust filled with eggs, milk or cream, and cheese, meat, seafood or vegetables. A quiche can be served hot or cold. Thank you, wiki

The word quiche makes the dish sound more difficult to make than it really is! Making a quiche is actually fairly simple. If you have trouble with pie crusts (this can be an issue for some) simply buy one! The rest is just chopping, frying, and baking for this sweet potato and bacon quiche!

whole sweet potato and bacon quiche, in a black pan, on a blue placemat. A napkin and silverware rests to the upper right, a pan of potaties is in the upper left


Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe Notes:

• You can use a pre-made, rolled store-bought pie crust or make your own.

• If you would like to make your own pie crust, you may want to try this sweeter pie crust recipe. It is a phenomenal pie crust recipe.

• If sweet onions are available when you are making this quiche, you may want to give ’em a try for a different spin on this recipe.

• When sautéing the sweet potatoes, you do not need to cook them all the way through, just lightly brown them.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe Ingredients:

• ½ pound Bacon
• 1 Onion
• 2 TBSP Butter
• 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1 9″ Pie Crust
• 8 eggs
• 1½ cups Milk
• Salt to taste
• Pepper to taste
• 2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe Mise en Place:

Frying pan
• Knife
Cutting Board
• Paper Towels
• Peeler
Deep Dish Pie Plate
• Grater (if not using shredded cheese)
• Measuring Cup
• Aluminum Foil
Measuring Cup

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe Directions:

1. Cut up and fry one-half pound of bacon in a pan. When cooked, place the bacon on paper towels to soak up grease on the bacon. Do not discard the bacon grease in the pan.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


2. Chop one whole onion.
3. Peel and slice one onion. Fry the onions on medium heat in bacon grease until they are brown and begin to caramelize 15-20 minutes. Remove and set aside.

4. Peel and cube two sweet potatoes.
5. Sauté sweet potatoes in two tablespoons of butter. You do not need to cook these through, just lightly brown them. Set aside.
6. Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


7. Place one pie crust in a deep-dish pie pan.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


8. In a large bowl mix together 8 eggs, 1½ cups of milk, salt, and pepper (to taste).
9. Add in 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, and the cooked onions, bacon, and sautéed sweet potatoes to the egg mixture. Combine well.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


10. Pour egg mixture into pie crust.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


11. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let set for 10-15 minutes.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


12. Serve with fruit, biscuits, or salad.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.


Yield: 1 quiche

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe

Sweet Potato and Bacon Quiche Recipe. This easy to make quiche recipe is loaded with bacon-y goodness, delicious sweet potatoes, and farm fresh eggs. A perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe, this sweet potato and bacon quiche is a fantastic family meal.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Bacon
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 9" Pie Crust
  • 8 eggs
  • 1½ cups Milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut up and fry one half pound of bacon in a pan. When cooked, place the bacon on paper towels to soak up grease on the bacon. Do not discard the bacon grease in the pan.
  2. Peel and chop one whole onion.
  3. Fry the onions on medium heat in bacon grease until they are brown and begin to caramelize 15-20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. Peel and cube two sweet potatoes.
  5. Sauté sweet potatoes in two tablespoons of butter. You do not need to cook these through, just lightly brown them. Set aside.
  6. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  7. Place one prepared pie crust in a deep-dish pie pan.
  8. In a large bowl mix together 8 eggs, 1½ cups of milk, salt, and pepper (to taste).
  9. Add in 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, and the cooked onions, bacon, and sautéed sweet potatoes to the egg mixture. Combine well.
  10. Pour egg mixture into pie crust.
  11. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let set for 10-15 minutes.
  12. Serve with fruit, biscuits, or salad.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1282 Total Fat: 77g Saturated Fat: 29g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 43g Cholesterol: 253mg Sodium: 1672mg Carbohydrates: 109g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 36g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietician. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.

If you would like more egg-y breakfast recipes, try these:

Sausage Breakfast Pie Recipe This yummy sausage breakfast pie recipe is a really great meal for breakfast, brunch or dinner! This breakfast pie recipe freezes fabulously so makes for a great freezer casserole meal. Make two sausage breakfast pie recipes at once – one to serve – and one pie to freeze for later when you need that perfect meal quickly.

Broccoli and Ham Quiche Recipe – Use up your ham leftovers to make this easy quiche recipe! Broccoli, ham, cheese, and mushrooms combine for an easy to make this flavorful, delicious and satisfying Broccoli and Ham Quiche. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this versatile quiche dish is sure to please your entire family.


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Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron base. There are two cauldrons, one large, one small. Two decorated brooms are in the background, outside on a porch


Make these striking witches cauldrons for Halloween this year! This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch’s cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.

Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron

This was an idea that I have had simmering in the back of my mind ever since we made the Bubbly New Year’s Eve Table Décor craft. I figured if those bulbs made great bubbles from a champagne glass, why not for a Halloween cauldron?

I made the Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomstick craft years ago. I gave one to my mother and kept the other two. They are on display in my front hall throughout October (I really dress up that hall), but thought they could use “more.” After all, Halloween is all about over-the-top!

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron base. There are two cauldrons, one large, one small. Two decorated brooms are in the background, outside on a porch


So, why not a cauldron?

I bugged my niece to put this on our craft list, and then I started buying the supplies. I knew what I wanted, but did not have any idea how many bulbs these crafts would use, or how much I should buy. I thought I really over-bought (see supply table photo below) but I didn’t. I purchased two matching cauldrons, one open kettle cauldron, and then my niece got a fantastic Halloween wreath we are going to bubble too. After everything was made, the bulbs were almost all used up!!

This homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron is basically a shatterproof piece of holiday-art. There is no real manual-skill needed to make this, but you need to have a vision – your vision – to make one of these.

This craft is all about the notes. There are few steps once you get the base down, but there are many, many tips on how to go about making this visually stunning.

This is not an inexpensive craft to make. I’d suggest you purchase the bulbs with coupons at JoAnn, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby if you can. Or, wait until after Halloween or Christmas and get the bulbs on clearance. Some other ideas are garage sales, the dollar stores, or Goodwill or Salvation Army.

The smaller your cauldron the less cost prohibitive this craft. That large cauldron is in a 16″ bucket and the cost of the craft was in excess of $200 with the specialty bulbs. If you want a large cauldron, leaving out the specialty bulbs could save you quite a lot (maybe one large eyeball for effect?)

Another way to go on this craft is instead of colorful bulbs, monochromatic say in purple and black bulbs in various shades and textures would be stunning with lights and fog!

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron base. Two decorated broom are in the background, outside on a porch


Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Notes:

• If this is an outdoor display, drill several holes into the bottom of your cauldron before beginning. That way, any rain water will be able to seep out.

• If this is to be an outdoor display, weigh down the bottom of your caldron with a few red bricks (which you can buy at Home Depot if you have none at your house) as this craft does not weigh very much at all and the wind will take it away! Make sure not to cover the seep holes.

• If you want a fog machine to put inside this craft, make sure to leave lots of holes via the bulbs, and check the fog machine directions so that an obstructed pathway is not an issue. I have seen small ones that might fit, but did not add one to either of these. You are on your own with that. Hubby insists these need a fog machine which we are going to put behind these two and we will be using a larger one.

Make certain the bulbs you purchase are shatterproof!!!

• This craft is about textures and sizes as well as colors. You will want to make sure to buy different textured bulbs such as sparkly, matte, shiny, dimpled, etc. Purchase different sized bulbs as you will start large, and end up small. You are not just matching or complimenting colors, you are matching and complimenting textures, colors, and sizes.

• The top portion of this craft comes together very quickly. The draping of the bulbs down the side of the caudron and waiting for the hot glue to dry is what takes time.

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron base. There are two cauldrons, one large, one small. Two decorated broom are in the background, indoors on a tan rug


• Make sure you take a step back from your cauldron while adding bulbs. This craft is time consuming. The smaller one (this medium sized cauldron) was done in 90 minutes with the added spill. Without the spill, it is about an hour. However, the large cauldron? That look over four hours! Walking away from the entire craft for an hour, overnight, or a few days can help you decide where the next batch of bulb-bubbles should be built, and what colors and textures look best together. Do not be afraid to allow this to live on your craft table for a week while you complete it.

• When polishing your craft (say the last 10-15%), you may have to decide not to add much to a particular area. All the little decisions matter at the end. Take that step back and put it aside. You need to decide where you want negative space (either though a hole or black bulbs). While this is an excessive craft (to say the least!!), those dark spaces in a Halloween cauldron do matter. There is a natural bubble aeration, large and small, dark and light, and this is what you are trying to mimic.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• We used these spider lights and I highly recommend them to work with. They are rubbery-plastic and they can be easily hot glued in place. There are eight settings and they work great. You do not have to add lights to these, but it does look cool at night.

• The spider light can also be used to cover up the ornament cap when you cannot turn it down.

• With the specialty bulbs (eyeballs, spiders, ghosts) they may not be able to be turned upside down to look “right”. That is where the spider-light-hiding can come in very handy.

• A big savings tip is to use a box to take up space in the cauldron instead of packing it using only floral foam.

• Hot glue strings are not bad on this craft!! A high-temp glue gun was used. It worked great, but watch so you do not burn your fingers.

• Can Goop work? I’d say yes, but it will be more time consuming. While we did not use it, if you plan on having an outdoor cauldron Marine Goop + hot glue might be a better choice than hot glue alone. To use, a dot of Goop, then hot glue, place bulb, hold to set. The hot glue will set up fast, the Goop taking longer to dry, but this way you will not have to wait for the Goop to dry before going on to the next bulb.

• If you want spider webbing on this craft, apply it at the end over the top of the cauldron. Spider web does not hold up very well and so you will probably want to replace it yearly. Building it into a cauldron would make that difficult.

• How many bulbs will you use? The honest answer is, “I don’t know.” It will depend on how large your cauldron is, how many large bulbs you use, how many medium, etc. To give you an idea:
* 16″ Cauldron: 6- 4″ bulbs + 16 3″ bulbs were used. After that, everything was 2.5″ or smaller.
* 12″ Cauldron: 2- 4″ bulbs + 6- 3″ bulbs we used. After that, everything was 2.5″ or smaller.

There is just a lot less space on that medium sized cauldron. That was not all good… there were a LOT of spiders for that smaller (12″) space. However, the 12″ cauldron ended up with a different vibe from than the 16″ cauldron because the lights are a much bigger part of the 12″ cauldron’s impact. Both these cauldrons have an 80s-feel going for them with the vibrant colors.

I am going to link to everything I bought (which was a lot, but I got 3 cauldrons and one wreath out of it). If I were to make a cost cutting decision, I would keep the eyeballs and spider lights before any of the other specialty items. You may not like the eyeballs, but they really are a great touch of whimsy.

And, as I said, the 12″ cauldren was a lot less costly (even with the spill) than the 16″ cauldron – less than half the price. It just used smaller bulbs.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Materials:

12″ Cauldron
16″ Cauldron
• Pice of Cardboard
• Cardboard Box
Dry Floral Foam
50ct Vibrantly Colored Shatterproof Shiny and Matte Christmas Ball Ornaments 1.5″-2″
Spider Lights
Eyeball Ornaments

Other Bulbs Items Purchased:

Glitter Ornaments (5 Assorted Sets) – this was a fabulous set, but it was not cheap
4″ Bulbs – purchased black, orange, green, purple
3.2″ bulbs – purchased purple and green
2.5″ bulbs – purchase purple, ornage, green, and black
2.3″ Bronze
1.5″ bulbls – purchased blue and green
3 cm Ornaments – purchased green, orange, purple, and black

Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Tools:

• Hot Glue
• Hot Glue Gun
• Scissors

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Directions:

• If outside, see the notes above about weep-holes and weighing down the cauldron.
• Place a small cardboard box inside the cauldron, hot glue in place.
• Insert foam to wedge the box in place (wet floral foam will wedge nicely without cutting, if using dry foam you will need to cut to fit). Add more foam to fill any gaping holes (dry floral foam is fine).
• Add floral foam to the top of the box, and then add another floral foam on top of that. Make certain there is some sloping as that will help you build your base and the direction your eye will take when you bubbles “overflow”. Hot glue in place.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• If you are creating a spill, cut out some cardboard to mimic a flow, and hot glue to the bottom of the cauldron.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Begin placing several 4″ bulbs on top of the floral foam to build the top. Place downward so the cap is facing the floral foam. Pin and hot glue in place.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Add some 3″ bulbs. Hot glue in place (pin if you can). There is no such thing as too much hot glue or securing on this craft.
Note: if you ornaments have strings, take them off.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Once the first layer is complete, add a layer of spider lights.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• If using a smaller cauldron you will need to “bury” about 10 inside the cauldron if you have a spill. This works well for a glow. If you decided against a spill, you will either need to bury a few more spiders inside the cauldron, or hot glue more to the sides at the end. For the 16″ cauldron, there is no need to bury any spiders. Make sure the battery box is on the outside of the cauldron, and contains batteries. Always turn on your lights when working on a craft project as it gives you a better idea of what the finished project will look like when finished, with batteries on and lights glowing.
Note: once you are no longer pinning the ornaments to the foam you can remove the caps if you like.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Make certain you are turning your cauldron as you are adding bulbs and light, especially if this is to be a 360° display.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Be aware of texture, size and colors as you begin to add smaller bulbs to the next level. You may decide to add more large bulbs as you build.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Continue to add bulbs and hot glue the spiders in place as you build higher. The wires will need to be hidden if you can. Against the black bulbs, we didn’t hide the wires as they blended.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Once the top of your cauldron is built you will want to add some bulbs to drape down the side of your pot mimicking an overflow. If you have a spill, you will want to work on that before completing the top of your cauldron. The line on the side of your cauldron is a great guide throughout this process on where your overflow is being built, and how the height of your cauldron bubbles mesh with that flow.
• Continue adding bulbs and affixing the lights until you are satisfied with the way your cauldron looks.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Even though you have been turning your cauldron to make sure you have looked for any errant hole, clashing colors, lack of flow, as well as looking from above, before you clean up, give everything another look or two “just to be sure”. Make sure all your bulbs are securly fastened, and secure any that may have come loose.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these adorable witches cauldrons for Halloween this year. This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.


• Display as desired.

multicolored bulbs formed to immitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron base. There are two cauldrons, one large, one small. Two decorated broom are in the background, ouside on a porch


Yield: 1

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron. Make these striking witches cauldrons for Halloween this year! This homemade cauldron packs a real visual punch. Beautiful to look at, creepy without being scary, this homemade Halloween witch's cauldron is great for Halloween décor, delight trick-or-treaters, or as a fabulous Halloween party prop.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 100.00

Materials

Tools

  • Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. If outside, see the notes on the blog about weep-holes and weighing down the cauldron.
  2. Place a small cardboard box inside the cauldron, hot glue in place.
  3. Insert foam to wedge the box in place (wet floral foam will wedge nicely without cutting, if using dry foam you will need to cut to fit). Add more foam to fill any gaping holes (dry floral foam is fine).
  4. Add floral foam to the top of the box, and then add another floral foam on top of that. Make certain there is some sloping as that will help you build your base and the direction your eye will take when you bubbles "overflow". Hot glue in place.
  5. If you are creating a spill, cut out some cardboard to mimic a flow, and hot glue to the bottom of the cauldron.
  6. Begin placing several 4" bulbs on top of the floral foam to build the top. Place downward so the cap is facing the floral foam. Pin and hot glue in place.
  7. Add some 3" bulbs. Hot glue in place (pin if you can). There is no such thing as too much hot glue or securing on this craft.
    Note: if you ornaments have strings, take them off.
  8. Once the first layer is complete, add a layer of spider lights. If using a smaller cauldron you will need to "bury" about 10 inside the cauldron if you have a spill. This works well for a glow. If you decided against a spill, you will either need to bury a few more spiders inside the cauldron, or hot glue more to the sides at the end. For the 16" cauldron, there is no need to bury any spiders. Make sure the battery box is on the outside of the cauldron, and contains batteries. Always turn on your lights when working on a craft project as it gives you a better idea of what the finished project will look like when finished, with batteries on and lights glowing.
    Note: once you are no longer pinning the ornaments to the foam you can remove the caps if you like.
  9. Make certain you are turning your cauldron as you are adding bulbs and light, especially if this is to be a 360° display.
  10. Be aware of texture, size and colors as you begin to add smaller bulbs to the next level. You may decide to add more large bulbs as you build.
  11. Continue to add bulbs and hot glue the spiders in place as you build higher. The wires will need to be hidden if you can. Against the black bulbs, we didn't hide the wires as they blended.
  12. Once the top of your cauldron is built you will want to add some bulbs to drape down the side of your pot mimicking an overflow. If you have a spill, you will want to work on that before completing the top of your cauldron. The line on the side of your cauldron is a great guide throughout this process on where your overflow is being built, and how the height of your cauldron bubbles mesh with that flow.
  13. Continue adding bulbs and affixing the lights until you are satisfied with the way your cauldron looks.
  14. Even though you have been turning your cauldron to make sure you have looked for any errant hole, clashing colors, lack of flow, as well as looking from above, before you clean up, give everything another look or two "just to be sure". Make sure all your bulbs are securly fastened, and secure any that may have come loose.
  15. Display as desired.

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