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DIY Bubbling Cauldron

Chances are you already have several items laying around that can be used for a DIY Bubbling Cauldron.  Whether it is a plastic Halloween cauldron you have purchased or you have a fun bucket of some sort that can be converted to one.  With a few supplies, you can easily convert it to a spooky cauldron filled with a realistic looking witche’s concoction that is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Items Needed for DIY Bubbling Cauldron ~

  • clear ornaments – different sizes
  • craft paint – green, orange, yellow, rust/bronze, black (depending on your color scheme)
  • paint brushes/sponge of various sizes
  • half or full styrofoam ball (depending on size of “cauldron”)
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue
  • cauldron or bucket
  • cut paper sacks if your bucket is larger to help fill space
  • string lights or fairy lights

Additional Items to Complete the Look ~

Before I move on with the easy to follow steps, I want to take a minute to tell you about this great group of crafters I am involved with.  Every month, Julie from Sum of Their Stories blog, presents a theme for us to create a substainable craft.  This month’s theme is Tradition.  For those of you who know me, you are already aware of how much I love traditions.

A long standing tradition that was handed down from my mom is decorating for the holidays.  We always have the tried and true decorations that were brought out every year…some purchased and some crafted.   However,  we would also make new decorations to add to the ongoing collection.  Halloween was very big at our house and I have such wonderful memories of everything about the month of October.  This fun DIY Bubbling Cauldron is a super fun craft that I will now be adding to my annual display of everything spooky!

How to Create Your Own Bubbling Cauldron ~

We had an antique bucket that has been moved from space to space to space in our garage over the years.  I had to laugh because when I brought it in and set it next to my other supplies, my hubby asked, “Well, you aren’t going to ruin that cool bucket are you?”  First of all…RUIN?  😉 Second of all, I quickly replied, “What plans did you have for this bucket…did you even know we had it?”  He laughed and agreed!

  1. Run lots of hot glue over the rim of the bucket, letting it ooze down the sides as it wishes.  (If you are using a plastic cauldron, you can paint it first if you wish to give it a “rusty” look.
  2. Once the glue has dried, you can paint it with your desired paint colors to look like the concoction inside is boiling over.  I used different brushes and quickly realized I preferred the sponge brush as it gave it more of a “soupy” look.
  3. Once the paint has dried, fill the bottom of your bucket with paper sack strips (if needed) and then place the stryofoam ball or half ball on top of papers.
  4. Place your string of lights all around the stryofoam ball.  *I tried several different types and colors of lights.  The colored light strand that blinks became our favorite.  It seems to have a more realistic hot brewing look to it.
  5. Remove the clear ornaments from their boxes and take the tops off of each one.  (side note…I couldn’t throw those away because I am POSITIVE I will find a use for them later!  Can you say CRAFT HOARDER! 🤣)
  6. Start placing the bulbs around inside the cauldron, putting a bit of hot glue on each one to secure them.  Once your have the inside top filled with “bubbles”, start dripping them down the sides.  After you have them all glued together you should be able to lift the whole thing up as one unit.  This makes it easy if you need to change out your lighting.
  7. Complete the look with spider webbing, a big spider, a witch and of course that Potion book I mentioned earlier.

Find the Items Here ~

If you are a craft hoarder like me, you may already have all of the items needed to make this DIY Bubbling Cauldron.  Many of the items can be found at the Dollar Store if needed.  I love this because I try to share crafts that aren’t expensive to make.  Let’s talk about the vessel for your cauldron first.  The plastic bucket can work perfectly, but get creative and look around for something you may already have.  Flower pots could be a great idea to be converted!

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*Be sure to measure your cauldron size before choosing the size of ball.

October Sustainable Craft Challenge ~

Back to the monthly challenge.  Listed below are the awesome ideas that my fellow bloggers created for the Tradition theme this month.

Julie from Sum of Their Stories ~ Vintage Doily Afternoon Tea Embroidery Upcycle

Terri from Our Good Life ~ Halloween Scenes on Thrift Store Paintings

Gail from Purple Hues and Me ~ DIY Paper Mache Pumpkin Centerpiece

Mel from Decor Draft Design ~ DIY Halloween Haunted House Sign

Jo from A Rose Tinted World ~ DIY Halloween Bowling Game

Be sure to check out each of their posts for some amazing ideas…you are sure to find something new to create!

Come back and let me know how your crafts turn out….looking forward to hearing from you!

Happy Crafting ~


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  1. Julie

    Awh, how lovely to carry on your mum’s tradition of holiday decorating. Your cauldron is a fabulous upcycle of that old bucket, definitely not ruined ! 😀

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you Julie…I agree that the old bucket that was upcycled for Halloween is still cool! 😉

  2. Gail Griffin

    How cool and amazing is this, Mimi! When I first looked at your picture of the bubbling cauldron, I had no idea you used clear ornaments for the bubbles! What a very creative idea! Perfect to add to your decorating tradition!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you so much Gail. I really love how this bubbling cauldron turned out! Thanks for the lovely compliments!

  3. Debbie

    This is such a fun and great idea for a Halloween decoration! Thank you for the easy to follow instructions, too!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you Debbie! It certainly is one of my favorite Halloween DIY’s!

  4. Karleigh

    Always the best crafts on here! I can’t wait to try this one!!! 

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thanks Karleigh! Love the Halloween crafts! Can’t wait to see how your bubbling cauldron turns out!

  5. terristeffes

    I love that you follow your mom’s tradition of decorating. I hope my daughter gets that from me. 🙂

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thanks! Traditions certainly are the best! With your crafting skills I have no doubt that your daughter will follow in your footsteps!

  6. terristeffes

    I love that you follow your mom’s tradition of decorating for the holidays. I hope my daughter gets that from me someday!

  7. Kelly Krebs

    This is such an awesome idea! I love decorating for Halloween and this will be an amazing addition to my decor. Thank you so much for sharing! 

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thanks Kelly! It is such a fun Halloween DIY project! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  8. Jo (A Rose Tinted World)

    This is inspired! Love the use of the clear ornaments, and it has given me an idea for some old plastic outdoor lightbulbs that I have been hoarding for craft purposes…:)) so Thank You!!

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