Looking for a fun DIY for Halloween? Come see how to easily make this Witch Crashing yard decor! This post does contain affiliate links.
Witches are a big part of Halloween. If you’ve been a regular reader lately, you know I am addicted to Halloween, especially decorating for Halloween. It’s my little way of sharing the love I have for this wonderfully fun holiday with all my neighbors, which here, deep in the Bible Belt, probably makes them all think I howl at the full moon and eat children.
I decided very early this year that my newest DIY Halloween project was going to be witch legs crashed into a cauldron. I’ve been slowly collecting my supplies for a few months.
- Giant cauldron from Party City.
- Ruby slippers at the thrift store this summer.
- Sand from Home Depot, etc.
This tutorial is fairly easy, but it will probably take a few hours to complete. My dear sweet husband did a lot of the outdoor work for me mainly so I could be the official photographer of this witch crashing event.
How to make a Witch Crashing
- Large 16-22 inch cauldron
- 1-2 Pool noodles
- 1-inch pipe insulation
- 10 ft piece of 1-inch PVC
- 2 pieces of 2-ft rebar
- Pair of striped tights/thigh highs
- Pair of ruby slippers or witchy shoes
- 50 lb Bag of sand
- Pair of socks
- Polyfil stuffing
- Duct tape
- Pkg of spanish moss
- Filling for cauldron like plastic bags
- Witch broom
- Things to add to the cauldron – skull, crows, snakes, spiders, sign, etc. (from the dollar store)
Using something like a screwdriver, make two holes in the bottom of the cauldron as shown.
Decide where you want to place the cauldron and hammer the two pieces of rebar into those holes as shown.
Cut two pieces of the pipe insulation to about 6-8 inches in length and slide each one down on the rebar in the cauldron.
Cut the PVC piping into two pieces, each about 3 ft 1 inch in length. Check to make sure the PVC will slide down onto the rebar and into the pipe insulation. Then, remove the PVC and we’ll make the legs!
Cut the pool noodle in half to create two “legs.” (The average pool noodle is about 58 inches long, so cut in half this will be 29 inches each.)
Slide the pool noodle down onto the PVC and leave about 2 inches of the PVC pipe sticking out. sticking out. Sliding down will be a tight fit and take some muscle. Then tape over the rough edges of the PVC.
Stuff the pair of socks with polyfil and check to make sure they fit the shoes. Then, remove the shoes.
Slide the socks stuffed with polyfil to create the “feet” onto the pool noodle/PVC pipe that sticks out. That extra 2-inch piece of PVC sticking out of the pool noodle will now form the “heel” of each foot. Then pull the top of the sock up and over the pool noodle. Use duct tape to tape all the way around the top of the sock to the pool noodle. (Apologies — there are no photos of this part.)
Now for the striped witch legs. I preferred using thigh highs, so I could tie each one on. Slide one thigh high or leg of tights onto the sock/pool noodle/PVC piping and tied it off at the “top” of the leg. Do this for both legs.
Put the shoes on the “foot” of each leg. Using a glue gun, go around each foot and secure the shoes.
Slide the finished witch legs onto each rebar piece down through the pipe insulation.
Fill the cauldron halfway with some type of filling. I had some old plastic tarps I was going to throw out, so I filled it with them. Then, fill the cauldron about 2/3 to 3/4 full with sand.
If adding a broom, insert it into the sand and tape it to the side to keep it from falling.
Add the entire bag of Spanish moss to cover everything.
Decorate the cauldron. I went to the Dollar Tree and purchased several things — the sign, the skull, the crow, glow-in-the-dark snakes and spiders.I placed the skull, spiders, and snakes inside the cauldron – hot gluing the spiders and skull to prevent them from blowing away (which worked because we’ve had several bad rain storms and not one thing has blown away).
The sign had a string, which I slide down over the witch legs to secure. I also attached the crow to the sign by pushing the wires in its feet down into the styrofoam of the sign.
It’s a Witch Crashing!
Place a solar powered spotlight across from your witchy legs and enjoy them at night!
More Halloween DIY Decor
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