Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath

green tulle mesh wreath with purple bow and overlay, black wooden hat and hanger, hanging on a black door


This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath

This is a mini Halloween wreath perfect for a desk, drawer, kitchen cabinet, etc. You could definitely use this idea on a larger wreath, simply adjust your supplies. This easy to make wreath comes together in 10-15 minutes.

green tulle mesh wreath with purple bow and overlay, black wooden hat and hanger, hanging on a brown door with glass insert


Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath Notes:

• This wreath is quite simple in design. We used eyeballs for the decor and kept it at that. You could add: black cats, lizards, worms, bugs, spiders, cockroaches, etc.

• If using this to decorate cabinets (kitchen, office, school), you can make these all the same, or swap out the tulle colors to change them up, or add some of the creepy-crawlers suggested above to individualize each wreath.

• The mini wreaths can be found at your local dollar store (well, that is where we got ours), and come two in a pack. These directions are for one wreath.

• The hanger is optional. The length you use will be determined by where you would like to hang this mini wreath.

• The wooden witch hats were found in a five-pack at the dollar store.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath Materials:

• Wooden Witch Hat
• Black Acrylic Paint
• Paint Easel, Paper Plate or Aluminum Foil
• Foam Paint Brush
• 1 8″ Wreath Frame
• 3 Different Tulles – slime green, purple, black (you can use orange)
• Plastic Eyeballs

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath Tools:

• Hot Glue
• Hot Glue Gun
• Scissors

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath Directions:

1. Cover your work surface against paint slips and hot glue incidents.
2. Paint your witch’s hat black on both sides. Allow to dry completely. This is cheap wood, so it dries very quickly and soaks in the paint. If you would like to add a second coat after the first coat of paint is dry, that is fine. This craft only has one coat of paint on the witch hat.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


3. How much tulle you use depends on how poofy you make this. The steps are:
4. Weave your base color tulle through the tines. For this craft, it was the green tulle.
5. Scrunch the tulle as you go.
6. Tie off, and hot glue in place.
7. Poof and fluff the tulle to achieve the look you would like.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


8. Tie on a simple bow. Purple tulle was used on this craft.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


9. Weave a little purple tulle over the top of the poofed green tulle.
10. Tie off and hot glue in place.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


11. Hot glue painted witch’s hat at an angle to the right (or left) of the center.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


12. Attach a hanger. (optional) We used a piece of black tulle as it matched well.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


13. Now, hot glue on plastic eyeballs.

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.


14. Display as desired.

Yield: 1 wreath

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath

Mini Halloween Eyeball Wreath. This spooky little Halloween eyeball wreath is simple to make by following these step by step tutorial instructions. A fast Halloween decor craft, you can use these mini wreaths to decorate cabinets, desks, or as great Halloween party decor accessory.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Wooden Witch Hat
  • Black Acrylic Paint (02699)
  • Paint Easel, Paper Plate or Aluminum Foil
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • 1 8" Wreath Frame
  • 3 Different Tulles - slime green, purple, black (you can use orange)
  • Plastic Eyeballs

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Glue Sticks

Instructions

    1. Cover your work surface against paint slips and hot glue incidents.
    2. Paint your witch's hat black on both sides. Allow to dry completely. This is cheap wood, so it dries very quickly and soaks in the paint. If you would like to add a second coat after the first coat of paint is dry, that is fine. This craft only has one coat of paint on the witch hat.
    3. How much tulle you use depends on how poofy you make this. The steps are:
    4. Weave your base color tulle through the tines. For this craft, it was the green.
    5. Scrunch the tulle as you go.
    6. Tie off, and hot glue in place.
    7. Poof and fluff the tulle to achieve the look you would like.
    8. Tie on a simple bow. Purple tulle was used on this craft.
    9. Weave a little purple tulle over the top of the poofed green tulle.
    10. Tie off and hot glue in place.
    11. Hot glue painted witch's hat at an angle to the right (or left) of center.
    12. Attach a hanger. (optional) We used a piece of black tulle as it matched well.
    13. Now, hot glue on plastic eyeballs.
    14. Display as desired.

More awesome Halloween wreaths:

Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath – A step by step guide on making a Halloween wreath inspired by a witch’s cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a Halloween witch’s cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!

DIY Spooky Spider Halloween Wreath – This simple to make homemade Halloween wreath is spooktacular – and takes only 15 minutes to put together. If you are looking for easy do it yourself Halloween decor, look no further than this DIY Spooky Spider Halloween Wreath, and make one today!

Haunted House Halloween Wreath – This whimsical haunted house Halloween wreath is an easy to put together – truly a 15-minute craft! If you are looking for simple Halloween wreath ideas, look no further than this fun haunted house Halloween wreath DIY!


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Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron attached to a half-moon black prelit wreath, hanging on a black door


A step by step guide on making a Halloween wreath inspired by a witch’s cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a Halloween witch’s cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!

With apologies … Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble …

Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath

Song of the Witches
– Williams Shakespere
(from Macbeth)

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron attached to a half-moon black prelit wreath, hanging on a brown door with a glass insert


Needless to say, that verse has been percolating in my mind the last few weeks! I may have taken some poetic license to make the idea come together.

I have completely revamped my Halloween foyer décor, and the theme is witches!! I took my fabulous Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Witch’s Broomsticks and added Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldrons and now all I needed was a wreath to tie it all together!

When I was bugging my niece to make those cauldrons, she came up with the wreath idea. She saw that fabulous lighted half-moon wreath at Joann’s and snagged it but quick! When she showed me it, I immediately grasped the concept and was on board with the plan.

This can be done with almost any black wreath. You just have to adapt the idea to what you have on hand or can find in your local craft store.

This wreath, unlike the cauldrons, was done very quickly. It is small so it only took about 45 minutes and that was with our fashioning a “cauldron” out of a small black party hat. If you can find a small plastic cauldron that fits your wreath size, it will probably only take you half an hour to make a medium (17″) Witch’s Cauldron Wreath.

Unlike the cauldrons. this Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath was not expensive to make. Well, the wreath itself wasn’t cheap, but that was due to the lights being built into it. You can definitely do this for under $40 IF you find the dollar store eyeballs, have some of the pink, aqua, bronze, etc., shatterproof bulbs in your Christmas tree bulb-stock, and can find a reasonably priced black wreath at your local craft store.

Now, again, the question – how many bulbs? The answer? I don’t know. We used next to nothing of what is shown in the materials photo (the leftovers all went to making another cauldron and more wreaths). How many bulbs you use will depend on how big the cauldron you want to fill is, if you make a spill, and how large the bulbs you using are, and how many of the larger (medium) sized bulbs you decide to use on your craft. So much of crafting is personal taste and ideas.

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron attached to a half-moon black prelit wreath, hanging on a yellow


Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath Notes:

• 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 small bulbs as you will start small and end up tiny. You are not just matching or complimenting colors, you are matching and complimenting textures, colors, and sizes.

Make certain the bulbs you purchase are shatterproof!!!

• Make sure you take a step back from your cauldron while adding bulbs. This was quite important as we needed to see how visually it looked from a distance, see how heavy the wreath was, and how the textures were comming together. It helped in filling holes, and especially when we got to the part with the drips.

• If you are not purchasing a prelit wreath these spider lights and are fabulous to work with! They are a nice purple color, and they drape well and glue on easily.

• With the specialty bulbs (eyeballs, spiders, ghosts) they may not be able to be turned upside down to look “right”. Take notice of that as if your wreath is prelit, there are no spider lights to hide the caps.

• A big savings tip is to use a floral foam instead of trying to pack your cauldron with bulbs. Floral foam is also lighter!

• 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 medium bulbs you use, how many small, etc. I used nothing larger than 2″ was used on this wreath. The amount of medium bubls used was no more than 8, then smaller was about a dozen, when it got to tiny and teeny-tiny, a lot were used.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a Halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a Halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath Materials:

• Pins (optional)
50ct Purple and Green Shatterproof 2-Finish Christmas Ball Ornaments 2″ (50mm) – the best bang for the color buck!
3 cm Ornaments – purchased green, orange, purple, and black
• At Hobby Lobby I bought a lot of tiny Little Christmas in bronze, green, and gold
• Also at Hobby Lobby they have Sliver balls (that are actually a gun metal gray), as well as Thanksgiving colors. These were a FANTASIC buy for the price and how many there were.
Darice Halloween Eyeball 45mm Plastic Mini Ornaments Set of 8 or head over to your local dollar tree store for the Specialty bulbs – there are only two eyeballs per pack, but that would make them 2/$1 and you cannot beat that price!
• Floral Foam
Maker’s Halloween LED Half Moon with Bat Wreath This one is the same shape, but not lit: Maker’s Halloween 17″ Half Moon Wreath-Black
• Mini caudron or Small Plastic Black Party Hat

Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath Tools:

• Hot Glue
• Hot Glue Gun
• Scissors

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch’s Cauldron Wreath Directions:

• Note: if you are working with a half moon wreath, prop it up. We used the bulb boxes.
• Attach your cauldron to your wreath using hot glue. If you do not have a cauldron in the size needed for your wreath, you can make your own!
• Cut a small plastic black party hat in half. You may have to cut it down further to match the scale of your wreath. In this instance, the hat rim was cut off, more of the hat was cut down, and then the rim was hot glued back on to form a rim. The whole thing was hot-glued heavily.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


• Insert floral foam to fit the cauldron, hot glue in place. Note: use the floral foam and not more bulbs as it is lighter in weight as well as less expensive than layering bulbs in the bottom of the cauldron.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


• Attach several medium sized bulbs and hot glue to the floral. You can pin in place first if you like. If you are not pinning the caps in place, you can detach the caps from the bulbs.
• Attach more bulbs. This is where you want to form a secure base so there is no wiggle on the upper layers. Secure your medium sized bulbs in place well.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


• Once you are finished securing the bottom layer of bulbs, add a few medium sized bulbs on top for the second layer. You will also want to shift down to smaller bulbs. This whole craft is about working various textures, colors, and sizes to imitate a cauldron overflowing. 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 Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


• 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. Take a step bck, hold the wreath against a wall or hang it on your door to see what is missing, and where you would like your spill(s). On this wreath, we chose three spills or unequal size to mimic a pot overflowing. You could also have one spill, and then have it trail accross the bottom of your cauldron.
• If you are doing this with a round wreath, you may want to center your cauldron and then you will have more opportunity to have overflows.
• Once you are done building the main two or three layers, now start adding smaller bulbs. The bulbs now are small, smaller, and smallest to imitate a bubbly drop. The colors come into play two. Since this is a black wreath and a black cauldron, less black bulbs were used. They create negative space, and this is a small area with a lot of black already. Keep that in mind.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


• Even though you have been holding up your cauldron against a wall or door to make sure you have looked for any errant holes and to make certain that the balance was what you liked, clashing colors, lack of flow, as well as looking from above, before you clean up, give everything another look and a shake or two “just to be sure.” Make sure all your bulbs are securely fastened, and secure any that may have come loose.

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath. A step by step guide on making a halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!


• In this case, I knew I wanted to hang this on a front storm door that led to a front hall. The back was pretty untidy and showed floral foam and a hanging battery pack. I needed that covered, so the battery pack was tucked into the wreath wires. Then, more bulbs were added on the back of the wreath to cover the floral foam. These bulbs did not protrude too much, so if I decide to place this on a door it will not jut out. In this case, I knowing where I intended to hang the wreath meant a few more bulbs, and a few more minutes hot gluing, but it was worth in in the end.
• Display as desired.

multicolored bulbs formed to imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron attached to a half-moon black prelit wreath, hanging on a brown door with a glass insert


Yield: 1 wreath

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath

Homemade Halloween Witch's Cauldron Wreath

A step by step guide on making a Halloween wreath inspired by a witch's cauldron! This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make a Halloween witch's cauldron wreath. This wreath is perfect Halloween door decor your trick or treaters will love!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 60.00

Tools

  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Note: if you are working with a half moon wreath, prop it up. We used the bulb boxes.
    2. Attach your cauldron to your wreath using hot glue. If you do not have a cauldron in the size needed for your wreath, you can make your own!
    3. Cut a small plastic black party hat in half. You may have to cut it down further to match the scale of your wreath. In this instance, the hat rim was cut off, more of the hat was cut down, and then the rim was hot glued back on to form a rim. The whole thing was hot-glued heavily.
    4. Insert floral foam to fit the cauldron, hot glue in place. Note: use the floral foam and not more bulbs as it is lighter in weight as well as less expensive than layering bulbs in the bottom of the cauldron.
    5. Attach several medium sized bulbs and hot glue to the floral. You can pin in place first if you like. If you are not pinning the caps in place, you can detach the caps from the bulbs.
    6. Attach more bulbs. This is where you want to form a secure base so there is no wiggle on the upper layers. Secure your medium sized bulbs in place well.
    7. Once you are finished securing the bottom layer of bulbs, add a few medium sized bulbs on top for the second layer. You will also want to shift down to smaller bulbs. This whole craft is about working various textures, colors, and sizes to imitate a cauldron overflowing. 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.
    8. 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. Take a step bck, hold the wreath against a wall or hang it on your door to see what is missing, and where you would like your spill(s). On this wreath, we chose three spills or unequal size to mimic a pot overflowing. You could also have one spill, and then have it trail accross the bottom of your cauldron.
    9. If you are doing this with a round wreath you may want to center your cauldron and then you will have more opportunity to have overflows.
    10. Once you are done building the main two or three layers, now start adding smaller bulbs. The bulbs now are small, smaller, and smallest to imitate a bubbly drop. The colors come into play two. Since this is a black wreath and a black cauldron, less black bulbs were used. They create negative space, and this is a small area with a lot of black already. Keep that in mind.
    11. Even though you have been holding up your cauldron against a wall or door to make sure you have looked for any errant holes and to make certain that the balance was what you liked, clashing colors, lack of flow, as well as looking from above, before you clean up, give everything another look and a shake or two "just to be sure." Make sure all your bulbs are securely fastened, and secure any that may have come loose.
    12. In this case, I knew I wanted to hang this on a front storm door that led to a front hall. The back was pretty untidy and showed floral foam and a hanging battery pack. I needed that covered, so the battery pack was tucked into the wreath wires. Then, more bulbs were added on the back of the wreath to cover the floral foam. These bulbs did not protrude too much, so if I decide to place this on a door it will not jut out. In this case, I knowing where I intended to hang the wreath meant a few more bulbs, and a few more minutes hot gluing, but it was worth in in the end.
    13. Display as desired.


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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.

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• 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 securely 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 imitate bubbles flowing from the cauldron base. There are two cauldrons, one large, one small. Two decorated broom are in the background, outside 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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