Lighted Caldron And Witch Yard Decor

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”  - from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
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THIS WITCH STANDS AN IMPRESSIVE 4.5’ TALL

THIS WITCH STANDS AN IMPRESSIVE 4.5’ TALL

Fortunately, the materials you’ll need to gather for this project are far more simple than eye of newt and toe of frog, and may even be items you have around the house. Five dollars worth of PVC pipe from Lowe’s creates the frame for the witch. And it cuts so easily with a hacksaw!  Everything black is cheap plastic table cloths and one trash bag, which covers a big planter pot. You can use any large container. Battery pack lights sit inside the cauldron creating the “burning” light. The stirrer is a mailing tube and the hands are inflated plastic gloves with impeccable black fingernails : ).  The mask isn’t necessary, especially if you put this decoration in a dark spot. I just happened to have the mask handy so I included it. Heat up your glue gun. This project can be made in about 3 hours for around $15.

Directions

step 1 - Create the hat brim by cutting a 16” circle from light cardboard.  Cut a hole in the center of the circle approximately big enough to fit on your head.  

step 1 - Create the hat brim by cutting a 16” circle from light cardboard.  Cut a hole in the center of the circle approximately big enough to fit on your head.  

step 2 - You can spray paint the hat brim black or cover it with plastic.  To cover the hat brim, set the circle on two layers of the first black plastic table cover.  Cut one plastic layer the same size as the circle.  Cut the other an inch bigger all around than the cardboard.  Working around the circle fold the extra inch over the cardboard and hot glue it in place.  Set down the smaller plastic layer and align the edges.  Hot glue in place.  Cut out the hole in the center of the brim.  Cut a two inch wide strip of cardboard to fit in the hole of the brim.  Staple the ends together to form a band.

step 2 - You can spray paint the hat brim black or cover it with plastic.  To cover the hat brim, set the circle on two layers of the first black plastic table cover.  Cut one plastic layer the same size as the circle.  Cut the other an inch bigger all around than the cardboard.  Working around the circle fold the extra inch over the cardboard and hot glue it in place.  Set down the smaller plastic layer and align the edges.  Hot glue in place.  Cut out the hole in the center of the brim.  Cut a two inch wide strip of cardboard to fit in the hole of the brim.  Staple the ends together to form a band.

step 3 - Create the hat top by folding a piece of black plastic in half and cutting it into a triangle with a slightly curved bottom.   The folded piece should measure approximately 20” x 15”.  Glue or tape the long open edges together.  Set the first table cover aside.

step 3 - Create the hat top by folding a piece of black plastic in half and cutting it into a triangle with a slightly curved bottom.   The folded piece should measure approximately 20” x 15”.  Glue or tape the long open edges together.  Set the first table cover aside.

step 4 - Stuff crumpled newspaper into a plastic shopping bag to form the witch’s head.  Tie the ends of the bag together and squeeze the ball into shape.

step 4 - Stuff crumpled newspaper into a plastic shopping bag to form the witch’s head.  Tie the ends of the bag together and squeeze the ball into shape.

step 5 - The pipe cuts surprisingly easy with a hacksaw.  Mark cutting lines with tape or a pen.  Cut pieces measuring : one - 4’ body, one - 10” neck, two 6” shoulders,  two - 9.5” upper arms, two - 8” lower arms.

step 5 - The pipe cuts surprisingly easy with a hacksaw.  Mark cutting lines with tape or a pen.  Cut pieces measuring :
one - 4’ body, one - 10” neck, two 6” shoulders,  two - 9.5” upper arms, two - 8” lower arms.

step 6 - Create the witch’s body by attaching the neck, upper arms and the body to the four-way connector.  step 7 - Use elbow connectors to attach the arms.  They will allow you to position the upper and lower arms.

step 6 - Create the witch’s body by attaching the neck, upper arms and the body to the four-way connector.  step 7 - Use elbow connectors to attach the arms.  They will allow you to position the upper and lower arms.

step 7 - Use elbow connectors to attach the arms.  They will allow you to position the upper and lower arms.

step 7 - Use elbow connectors to attach the arms.  They will allow you to position the upper and lower arms.

step 8 - Cut a small hole in the plastic and stuff the neck all the way into the head.  Apply hot glue to the base to secure the plastic to the pipe.

step 8 - Cut a small hole in the plastic and stuff the neck all the way into the head.  Apply hot glue to the base to secure the plastic to the pipe.

step 9 - Using the first table cover, cut three two-inch wide strips of plastic to measure 18” long.  Open up a second plastic table cover and place the center of it over the center top of the head.  Gather it at the neck and secure it with a plastic strip.

step 9 - Using the first table cover, cut three two-inch wide strips of plastic to measure 18” long.  Open up a second plastic table cover and place the center of it over the center top of the head.  Gather it at the neck and secure it with a plastic strip.

step 10- Open the third plastic table cover.  Cut it in half.  Gather it together in your hand and use a plastic strip to tie it to the front neck.  Before securing it, distribute the material so that it is not all clumped in the front.  It should reach the sides of the witch.  Attach the second half of this table cover to the back of the witch in the same manner. Optional: Cut a few long slices into the plastic covering the body frame to move in the breeze. Fringe the gathered pieces around the neck to add interest.   

step 10- Open the third plastic table cover.  Cut it in half.  Gather it together in your hand and use a plastic strip to tie it to the front neck.  Before securing it, distribute the material so that it is not all clumped in the front.  It should reach the sides of the witch.  Attach the second half of this table cover to the back of the witch in the same manner. Optional: Cut a few long slices into the plastic covering the body frame to move in the breeze. Fringe the gathered pieces around the neck to add interest.   

step 11 - Assemble the hat by slipping the cardboard ring into the hat top.  Hot glue the ring to the plastic.  Pull the excess plastic through the hole to the underside of the brim.  Hot glue the plastic to the under side then tuck the excess inside the ring and glue in place.

step 11 - Assemble the hat by slipping the cardboard ring into the hat top.  Hot glue the ring to the plastic.  Pull the excess plastic through the hole to the underside of the brim.  Hot glue the plastic to the under side then tuck the excess inside the ring and glue in place.

step 12 - Squeeze and shape the newspaper head as necessary to fit snugly into the hat.  Bend the brim slightly forward.

step 12 - Squeeze and shape the newspaper head as necessary to fit snugly into the hat.  Bend the brim slightly forward.

step 13 - Create the cauldron by setting a large planter, bucket or other container into a jumbo trash bag.  Stuff crumpled newspaper between the bag and container to achieve a more rounded look.  Stuff the bag top inside.  Tape in place if necessary.  Use a mailing tube wrapped in orange plastic as the witches stirrer. 

step 13 - Create the cauldron by setting a large planter, bucket or other container into a jumbo trash bag.  Stuff crumpled newspaper between the bag and container to achieve a more rounded look.  Stuff the bag top inside.  Tape in place if necessary.  Use a mailing tube wrapped in orange plastic as the witches stirrer. 

step 14 - Fill the cauldron with crumpled newspaper almost to the top of the container.  Scatter the lights about. 

step 14 - Fill the cauldron with crumpled newspaper almost to the top of the container.  Scatter the lights about. 

step 15 - You can leave the lights uncovered or for more color, cover them with yellow plastic.  To get the stirrer to stay in position, I stuck it in my ankle weights in the bottom of the container.

step 15 - You can leave the lights uncovered or for more color, cover them with yellow plastic.  To get the stirrer to stay in position, I stuck it in my ankle weights in the bottom of the container.

step 16 - To create the hands, blow air into plastic gloves and tie the ends in a knot. Lay a heavy object across the “wrist”.  This will puff up the hand and make applying fingernails with a magic marker an easy job.

step 16 - To create the hands, blow air into plastic gloves and tie the ends in a knot. Lay a heavy object across the “wrist”.  This will puff up the hand and make applying fingernails with a magic marker an easy job.

step 17 - Hot glue the palms of the hands to the stirrer, then wrap the fingers around the stirrer and hot glue them in place.

step 17 - Hot glue the palms of the hands to the stirrer, then wrap the fingers around the stirrer and hot glue them in place.

step 18 - Hot glue wide strips of plastic to the tops of the hands.  These “cuffs” will cover the knotted gloves and blend with the witch when assembled.

step 18 - Hot glue wide strips of plastic to the tops of the hands.  These “cuffs” will cover the knotted gloves and blend with the witch when assembled.

step 19 - To display in the yard or front lawn, stick the body pipe in the dirt and arrange the cauldron in front of the witch.  With the witch in front of the caldron, position the arms and stuff the glove knots into the arm pipes.  Cover with the cuffs. Arrange the black plastic around the witch and turn on the battery pack.

TIPS
• If you prefer to display this project at your front doorstep, buy more connectors and pipe to create a rectangular base to hold the witch upright.
• Some types of plastic table cloths may not hold well with hot glue.  Before you do your gluing, test yours and see if you may need to use a conventional glue.

 

Supplies

At Craft and Party Shops

  • three 54” x 108” black plastic table covers
  • orange and yellow plastic table covers
  • mailing tube - 3.5’ -to 4’
  • cardboard
  • plastic gloves
  • newspaper
  • scissors
  • black marker
  • container for caldron
  • plastic shopping bag
  • jumbo plastic trash bag

At Lowe’s

  • Two 5ft. 1/2” pvc pipes
  • one 4 way pvc 1/2” connector
  • 4 elbow pvc 1/2” connectors

At Amazon

  • 30 led light string
  • glue gun

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