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Monday, October 6, 2014

{13 Days of Handmade Halloween} Double Double Toil and Trouble Witches Cauldron DIY



Everyday Party Magazine Witches Cauldron DIY
  (Today's post is from creative talent and magazine publisher/editor of Everyday Party Magazine, Jessica Beekman Roe.)

It should come as no surprise that I love to DIY just.about.everything!  I must admit, though, I was stumped for this project…what can I make that I will love, that won't cost a fortune, and that I can make quickly? October is a crazy busy month in our house, and this year is certainly no exception.  My younger boys are still young enough that they can and will drive a sane woman crazy asking how many days until {insert holiday or event}.  One way I can combat that is with calendars, count downs, and visual cues.  We have a schedule calendar posted in our kitchen, but I wanted something more fun for Halloween.  Inspiration struck in the middle of the night last week, I knew I had to make a Witches Cauldron countdown.  I can honestly tell you this was cheap, fun, and quick to make, and there is truly no right or wrong way to make it!  This simple Double Double Toil and Trouble Witches Cauldron DIY will take less than an hour to make, cost less than $10 and your kids will love it!


Everyday Party Magazine Witches Cauldron DIY

Supplies:


Pizza Pan from the Dollar Tree


Chalk board spray paint
(I use Rust-O-Leum)

Great Stuff Foam

DecoArt neon green paint

DecoArt glow in the dark paint (optional)

Glitter (optional)

PVC (optional)

Chalk, Ribbon, coke can tab, picture hanger and glue  

I made my cauldron outside, if you have to make it indoors, be sure to be in a well ventilated area.  

Everyday Party Magazine Witches Cauldron DIY
 

Spray your pizza pan with chalk board paint and allow to dry.  It should only take a few minutes.

Everyday Party Magazine Witches Cauldron DIY


I put this PVC piece there to keep the foam from growing over the whole pan…I had EVERY intention of removing it, but the foam stuck to it pretty well, and it wasn't worth the hassle to remove it.  You can omit the PVC if you want, or use a paper towel roll, or, truly anything you have on hand.  I only used painters tape to hold it in place because I intended to remove it.


Everyday Party Magazine Witches Cauldron DIY
 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Great Stuff Foam!  I use it for so many nontraditional uses.  I used about 1/2 a can for this project, and if you take a minute to clean the tubes before you put it away, you can use it again.  (I use a bamboo skewer to get all the foam out of the tubes) This part of the project is only limited by your desires and creativity.  I will warn you, this foam expands to at least 3 times the size…I probably could have used less foam to make the cauldron bubbles, but, I like it. Once the foam fully dried, several hours later, I mixed up my neon green and glow in the dark paints and sponged it on the foam bubbles.  Again, your creativity is the limit for this!  I sprinkled some glitter on the paint as it dried too. Next, I carefully wrote Shakespeare's quote from MacBeth on the cauldron part, adding bubbles above each "i".  I used a green chalk marker for all of the lettering, and a white one for the number countdown.  This way I can ask the boys to change the white number part and save the quote, I hope.   Finally, I hot glued some lace to the back to hang it.  Now, it's  hanging on our front door, and the kids LOVE it! 


Everyday Party Magazine Witches Cauldron DIY


Once the foam fully dried, several hours later, I mixed up my neon green and glow in the dark paints and sponged it on the foam bubbles.  Again, your creativity is the limit for this!  I sprinkled some glitter on the paint as it dried too. Next, I carefully wrote Shakespeare's quote from MacBeth on the cauldron part, adding bubbles above each "i".  I used a green chalk marker for all of the lettering, and a white one for the number countdown.  This way I can ask the boys to change the white number part and save the quote, I hope.   Finally, I hot glued some lace to the back to hang it.  Now, it's  hanging on our front door, and the kids LOVE it! 

Follow along: #handmadehalloween2014

Jessica Roe, Everyday Party Magazine





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