This magic spellcasting cauldron is easy to make, and it’s sure to delight all who see it, especially the little witches and wizards!
The problem with witches is that they’re always comparing what they have to what all the other witches have.
As a witch husband, all I hear from August to November is how Hagatha the Horrible has a new broom that runs on frog legs and unicorn farts or how Gertrude the Green is using a new wart cream (in case you were wondering, a witch’s wart cream is for growing bigger warts, not for removing them!)
Three solid months of pointing out that Murgatroyd the Malevolent is wearing shoes that are 10% pointier than last year’s model or that Brunhilda Bramblepuss has a new pig iron cauldron that boils twice as fast and produces three times the rust.
So when I heard that the Witch’s Home Depot, aka Grandin Road, was carrying a new line of spellcasting cauldrons complete with floating potion bottles, I knew I had to get one for my shrimp witch wife.
There was just one problem.
I didn’t sell my quota of batwings and salamander tails last month, so I didn’t have 179 clams to blow on a spellcasting cauldron!
Well, where there’s a witch, there’s a wife, and where there’s a wife there’s a way, so I decided to make my witch her very own magic spellcasting cauldron complete with not one, but two floating potion bottles!
Those other witches can suck a deviled egg. My babes is getting the best, and now you witches can have it too!
Magic Spellcasting cauldron SUPPLIES LIST
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- Plastic cauldron
- Acrylic tubes
- Heat gun
- Foam block (Dollar Tree)
- Hot glue gun
- Purple glitter hot glue sticks
- Gold glitter hot glue sticks
- Dollar store bottles
- Purple mesh tube (Dollar Tree)
- Halloween vase filler foam balls (Dollar Tree)
- LED fairy lights
- Iridescent ornaments – small
- Iridescent ornaments – medium
- Crystal clear hot glue sticks
DIY Magic cauldron VIDEO Tutorial
Watch our short and fun video below for an overview of our xxx before you read the detailed step-by-step tutorial.
Watch Our Tutorial On YouTube
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DIY Magic spellcasting cauldron Tutorial
Step 1 – Bend the tubes
I stuck a tube into one of the bottles and marked with a pencil where it exited the bottle. This is where I wanted the bend to be.
I then heated the tube with a heat gun (actually, Handan did this for me – this step is easier with two people) while gently creating an arc by bending it over a glass cylinder vase.
Step 2 – Secure the tubes in foam
I poked two holes in the block of foam with a spare acrylic tube.
I secured the tubes in the holes with hot glue.
You can see in the picture below that I made one side shorter than the other. I did this by breaking off about an inch from the bottom of tube on the right. Careful though – acrylic tends to break a bit like glass into sharp shards.
Step 3 – Create the liquid effect
I used purple glitter and gold glitter glue sticks for the potion liquids.
There were times when the glue wasn’t hot enough to flow, so I used the heat gun here and there to keep things melted and moving.
After the purple came the gold.
Next I added pieces of a round foam disk to the four sides (this is optional) and then I made pools of purple and gold around the top of the foam base.
This isn’t strictly necessary, as that area will be covered by lights and ornaments, but like I said – I was making my babes the best, and that meant going the extra squeeze.
Step 4 – Add lights to the tubes
I measured a length of fairy lights the same length as the acrylic tube, and then I bent the wire back over itself several times. I made sure to space the lights, so they didn’t clump up.
Then I stuck that group of lights up the tube starting from the bottom of the base.
I used a pencil to push the lights all the way to the end.
Step 5 – Add the base to the cauldron
When the glue had hardened, I hot glued the base onto the bottom of the cauldron.
Step 6 – Lay the lights
I randomly distributed the remainder of the strand all around the cauldron.
Step 7 – Add the ornaments
I then hot glued an assortment of 1 1/2″ and 2″ iridescent ornaments on top of the lights and in some places spilling over the lip of the cauldron. Crystal clear hot glue sticks are best for this job.
Witches be trippin’ over these iridescent bubbles!
Step 8 – Add the bottles
To one bottle I added a strand of purple mesh tubing.
I then inserted the purple tube into the bottle.
I partially filled the other bottle with orange/gold glitter balls.
Then I stuck the gold tube into the bottle.
And with that, my little witchy wife’s magic spellcasting cauldron was finished. Let’s have a look!
There appears to be something in the mirror…
The shrimp sure loves her new cauldron, and she’s been practicing all sorts of spells to get ready for The Big Night!