Eerie Witches’ Cauldron Creation
October 16, 2017

Want to make bone soup for Halloween? Create this super easy witches' cauldron with realistic flickering flames. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

Eerie Witches’ Cauldron Creation

It’s no secret that I LOVE Halloween! I go all out every year but I didn’t start out that way. I’ve been purchasing Halloween decor over the last 7 years to create my collection! So take a breath and do something small every year. Before you know it, you’ll have an amazing display. My newest addition? A bubbling witches’ cauldron! This is something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS! After “rescuing” birch logs from a stack of firewood at a friend’s cabin I knew the time had come. Faux fire is the best, I mean, seriously!? How could you actually burn these? They are so beautiful! I sourced flickering flame lights and it’s exactly what I envisioned! If you want to start your Halloween decor this year or simply add to your collection, a witches’ cauldron makes a HUGE statement. Bonus!? It is quite simple to create once you collect the supplies.

  • Level of difficulty: EASY
  • Time commitment: 20 minutes – once you’ve gathered your supplies {I told you it was easy!}

I have these cool birch logs I wanted to so something fun with. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

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Witches’ Cauldron Supplies:

Gather your simple supplies. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

Step 1: Place logs

Step 1: Lay your logs in two levels into a small triangle. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

I created a triangle to fit the width of our fireplace hearth and stacked a second layer on top. My natural logs are rough and curvy. If you purchase logs they will most likely be straighter and easier to work with, although they may roll more.

Pro Tip: If you have trouble with rolling, place a couple of glue dots or furniture felts underneath the leading edge to create a stop.

Step 2: Fill triangle

Step 2: Fill the center of the triangle with crumpled kraft or newspaper. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

You’ll want to fill up the center of the triangle to create support. I happen to have stacks of packing paper but you can use whatever you have.

Step 3: Place tissue paper

Step 3: Crumple yellow and red tissue paper to line the of the birch logs. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

Crumple up your tissue paper in the colors of fire. I had red and yellow so I ran with it. Make sure the tissue covers the inside rim of the logs.

Step 4: Arrange Lights

Step 4: Place the flickering fire bulb string in the middle and arrange bulbs to stick out around the edges while concealing the cord with the tissue paper. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

Place the flickering fire bulb string in the middle and arrange bulbs to stick out around the edges while concealing the cord with the tissue paper.

Step 5: Add cauldron

Step 5: Balance the cauldron so it is slightly inside the triangle. Create an Eerie Witches' Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

Place your cauldron on top and balance so it stays put. If you find your cauldron wobbly you could also use a riser in the center for rigid support instead of the packing paper.

Finishing TouchesWant to make bone soup for Halloween? Create this super easy witches' cauldron with realistic flickering flames. Add bones for the finishing touch. Create an Eerie Witch's Cauldron | Halfpint Design - Halloween decorations, witch decor, faux fire, fake campfire, firelight bulbs

Finish off your witches’ cauldron look by adding bones for a great bone stew. My skeleton dog collects more bones for the stew and a witchy details complete the look. I love how real this looks {so real my toddler is worried about burns!} and the ambiance it gives our great room the month of October. During a party drop chunk of dry ice inside a bowl of water and watch the smoke rise. That’s my kiddos favorite part!

Now where are you going to put a witches’ cauldron? This would be an amazing centerpiece on a large buffet, the perfect prop for a Halloween performance, or witches’ hovel in a spook alley!

Join me each October for more fabulous Halloween decor and party ideas!

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Until next time,

Halfpint Design, personal headshot, Bri Adams

16 Comments

  1. Holly

    The faux fire is so fun! Can’t wait to do some Halloween decorating!

    Reply
  2. Jennifer Digiacomo

    This is such a cute decor idea! I’d love to make one for my front door to greet trick or treaters on Halloween!

    Reply
  3. Lori

    Such a fun idea!! I’m definitely trying this!! I love Halloween!!

    Reply
  4. Susan

    Bri ! I LOVE this !!!! I think I might have to do this for the kids this Halloween

    Reply
  5. Nathalie - Press Print Party!

    Simple and effective. I have an actual cauldron that belonged to my grandmother I could do this with for Halloween.

    Reply
  6. Misty

    We’re decorating our RV for Halloween this year at the campground, and this will be perfect for the kids and families to enjoy! Great idea, thanks!

    Reply
  7. Maybe I'll Shower Today

    So cool and creative!

    Reply

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