make a pumpkin witch’s cauldron this Halloween

Martha Stewert DIY Halloween Pumpkin Cauldron

Our friends at Martha Stewart are letting us share a frightfully fun Halloween idea on the blog today, straight from this year’s exclusive Martha Stewart Halloween issue.

I chose this pumpkin cauldron craft idea because I plan on making one for my own Halloween party and trick-or-treat night. How fun… and a bit spooky… will this be! I think I need the pointy hat and leggings too. {grin}

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

How To Make A Pumpkin Cauldron

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin cauldron:

  • large pumpkin
  • keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • fleshing tool
  • drill
  • sisal rope
  • 3 eyebolts, with washers and nuts
  • 3 long, straight branches
  • 20-gauge wire
  • S hook
  • outdoor stake light (with yellow or orange bulb)
  • twigs
  • sturdy glass bowl
  • dry ice and protective gloves

1. Cut top off pumpkin, using saw. Hollow out pumpkin with fleshing tool. Drill 3 equidistant holes about 2 inches below opening. Cut 3 lengths of rope to hang pumpkin. Tie 1 end of each rope to an eyebolt. Push eyebolts through holes in pumpkin; secure with washers and nuts. Prop branches in a tepee shape, and secure at top with wire; thread wire inside top to hang S hook. Hide visible wire with rope. Knot pumpkin’s rope ends together, and hang from S hook.

2. For “fire”: Insert stake light into the ground, and cover it with twigs. For “mist”: Put glass bowl with dry ice inside pumpkin; add some water. (Wear gloves when handling dry ice.)


Keyhole SAW, from $5.50; natural sisal ROPE (65495), 3/8 inches by 50 feet, $9; EYEBOLT with nut, 1/4 by 4 inches, $0.50; CUT WASHER, 1/4 inches, $2.50 for 25, FLESHING TOOL, $4.50, Panacea 20-gauge paddle WIRE in Green, $3.50, Thomas and Betts STAKE LIGHT, $8, DRY ICE, for locations.

This year’s issue is on stands now an it’s full of spooky fun, as well as wonderland magic. Make sure you pick your copy up soon! You don’t want to miss it!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Photo by Lucas Allen. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.

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