What is Brewing with this Creepy Cauldron?

I bought this giant-sized black plastic cauldron some years ago on sale after Halloween and if memory serves me right, I have NEVER used it for anything.  I decided this year was going to be different and if I was going to use it, I was going to give it a creepy makeover.


This is way better than a plain plastic cauldron, isn’t it?  You should still be able to find these locally, but if you can’t you could always get them on Amazon and have them delivered right to you.  There is still plenty of time to add some creepiness to your cauldron!

Halloween Cauldron

This is a pretty basic plastic cauldron.  It could be associated with Halloween, but there isn’t anything spooky about this whatsoever.  The day I decided to tackle this project I had help, and it was quite time consuming, so I am glad that I did!

Aging a Cauldron for Halloween

This is the first step, and it is very messy.  Using a mixture of dry oatmeal and craft glue, we coated the entire cauldron.  In some places there were big spots of the oatmeal and in others, we just put a few pieces here and there.


When you think you have added enough oatmeal…add more!  The idea was that it looks like it has rusted and boiled over many times.  I know it kind of looks like Rice Krispie treats in these pictures, but alas, no treats were enjoyed in the crafting of this cauldron. In Spots where there was no oatmeal I made sure there was a generous coating of craft glue so that the plain plastic form was given ample texture.

Making a Cauldron spooky for Halloween

Next step was sealing it with a spray sealer.  I put several coats of that on so that none of the oatmeal would fleck off.  Now begins the painting.  I used black, white and gold spray paint and just kind of had fun with it.  I stood back and let the paint gently color the oatmeal.  In the picture above you can see that somewhere along the way my cauldron got a dent in it, but I thought that just added more character to it.

A Cauldron gets rusted up

Can you see where the spots of white have been sprayed over the black?  You could just as easily use gray to get the same look, but I had the white, so that worked.

A spooky Witches' Cauldron

A few little sprays of gold and my witch’s cauldron is complete and ready to use!  I used it for icing down drinks at a little Halloween open house, but you could just as easily use this technique on a smaller cauldron for passing out candy to trick or treater’s.  I know I will get a lot of use out of this over the years, even if it is just as a Halloween prop on my front porch. The following are some shots from my Halloween Open House I shared last week.

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What would you use a creepy cauldron like this for?  I would love to hear from you and see pictures of your Halloween cauldrons!

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  1. Now that is one groady…looking cauldron….there are tons of them in the Goodwill stores here. Think I may have to give it a try. I think I have some lumpy ceiling paint I may try…but Oatmeal looks like it works. Thanks for the great idea, might do it to some candlesticks too. Grins, Sandi

  2. I see you’ve had a few items lurking in your stash also! Great makeover and great use of simple inexpensive items to transform it. Did you line the inside with anything or just filled it as is?

  3. I filled the bottom of the of the cauldron with a couple of spare faux pumpkins just to take up some space so I didn’t need to use 30 pounds of ice! I didn’t line it with anything. I have a few other things I have discovered since moving into the new house that I haven’t acted on yet.

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