I wanted to add a little ghoul free Halloween fun to our front porch. I am such a weenie when it comes to anything gory or frightening, in fact I still don’t get why some people like to be scared. To me fear = no fun! However, Josh loves Halloween, and I know the kids enjoy it too, so I am trying to do a tasteful version (no severed arms please!) I have had this project in my head awhile, and when I ran across this cheap, plastic cauldron ($1) I knew it was perfect. (I have seen these everywhere now…Wal Mart, Target, etc) In an effort to stay away from chemicals I did not prime this……but it would have gone so much faster and been easier if I did! So prime first (if you are not pregnant :))! The reason being, because the plastic is so slick, it will give the texture something to grip to. (otherwise you will have to wait a week for it to cure like I did…) I mixed low voc latex paint, with lots of sand (for texture) and some flour (for glue). I left it pretty lumpy and used a brush that could be tossed to smear it on.
I left it for about a week to harden., then coated it with flat black. I sponged on small amounts of craft paint in spice brown and gray. I then drizzled watered down white paint down the sides. This witches sign came from the Dollar Tree. I put some used tea bags on it to stain it and left it for about an hour.
Then covered it with half of a cut creepy cloth. (This will make it easier to pick the moss up out of it)
Now the fun part: filling it! I had several ideas of what I wanted to put in it….next year I think I will put either a witches boot or some glittered red Dorothy shoes. The possibilities are endless, candy, pumpkins, signs, skeletons….
A peanut butter jar turned jar of spider webs. I printed it out from here. (But changed the worms to spider webs)
I painted a Dollar Tree pumpkin creamy white, added a crow, a glitter skull, and two spiders. (All of which I had, but came from the Dollar Tree) The witches brooms came from a thrift store for $1 and Josh painted them black for me.
Easy transformation of a cauldron from inexpensive plastic to rusted, iron. Looks like a witch made quite a few brews in this one! And best of all, cute Halloween porch decor for under $5!
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