How to make a Cauldron Pumpkin Candy Holder in a few easy steps using a craft pumpkin, styrofoam balls, and vinyl. Trick or treaters will love this bubbling cauldron pumpkin filled with candy!
Halloween is right around the corner and I’m so excited to start sharing Halloween ideas! Decorating Pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do every fall. I find so much joy in creating projects using craft pumpkins that can be reused year after year. When I started brainstorming ideas, I thought of my Cauldron Cupcakes and knew I had to find a way to turn a pumpkin into a cauldron.
This DIY Cauldron Pumpkin Candy Holder was fun to make! The best part is you can fill it with Halloween treats or non-candy gifts for trick or treaters. You can find a list of non-candy ideas in the Teal Pumpkin Monster post.
To make this Halloween pumpkin I used a painted black craft pumpkin (but you can easily paint a faux pumpkin black with spray paint or acrylic paint). The top is cut off so it can be used as a bowl to hold Halloween candy. Around the top of the pumpkin, Styrofoam balls cascade down the side to create an oozing witches brew. The Styrofoam balls are covered in glue and green glitter to add a little sparkle to the cauldron brew. The bottom of the pumpkin features orange flames that have been cut using a Silhouette cameo and orange vinyl.
The pumpkin is then filled with candy and ready for trick or treaters on Halloween night! This is currently sitting in our living room as part of our Halloween décor and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I definitely plan to reuse it year after year.
Are you ready to make your own cauldron pumpkin? I have an easy tutorial for you below and a quick 1-minute video to show you a step-by-step tutorial.
I’ve added Amazon affiliate links below for the materials needed for this project.
Cauldron Pumpkin Materials
- Black craft pumpkin
- Orange vinyl
- Styrofoam balls (in multiple sizes)
- Mod podge
- Green glitter
- Hot glue gun
- Silhouette machine
More DIY Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween
- How to Make a Pumpkin Topiary
- Allergy-friendly Teal Pumpkin Treat Holder
- Black and White Witch Hat Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Diorama
- Glow in the dark Pumpkins
How to make a cauldron pumpkin treat holder (VIDEO TUTORIAL)
- To use the pumpkin as a candy bowl, you will need to cut the top off with a craft knife. Cut a couple of inches away from the stem.
- Use a toothpick to hold a Styrofoam ball in place and cover with a thin layer of mod podge. Sprinkle fine green glitter until the ball is completely covered then set on a Styrofoam block to dry. Allow the Styrofoam balls to dry for a few hours.
- In the meantime, cut flames using a cutting machine and orange vinyl. The design used for this project is 2830 from the Silhouette studio. Size the flames to about 5-6 inches in height, depending on the size of your pumpkin. Tip: size the flames larger than you think you’ll need for your pumpkin then apply the flames slightly underneath. Use transfer tape or apply them like stickers underneath the pumpkin. Continue to apply flames until the entire pumpkin is covered.
- Hot glue the Styrofoam balls around the top of the pumpkin, starting with the largest and filling in the gaps with the smaller ones. Continue to add Styrofoam balls until it resembles a cauldron bubbling over. Tip: use 2-3 Styrofoam ball sizes to create dimension.
- Fill your pumpkin candy bowl with treats to welcome trick or treaters!
- Note: the witch legs in the background were used as props but I think this project would look great with some witch legs glued to the back of the pumpkin! You could also stick them in with the candy. These are from a few years ago but I’d suggest checking the craft store to see if they have any this year.
Pumpkins with Vinyl Craft Ideas
Today I’m participating in a blog hop with some of my favorite bloggers! Find some creative inspiration for your Halloween decor with these handmade ideas using vinyl on pumpkins.
- Hello Pumpkin from Lemon Thistle
- Glowing Eye Pumpkin from Persia Lou
- Cauldron Candy Holder from A Pumpkin and a Princess
- Rainbow and Clouds pumpkin from Lydi Out Loud
- Monogram Pumpkins from Printable Crush
- Fabric Pumpkins from Sew What Alicia
- Trick or treat yourself from See Lindsay
- Folk art pumpkin from The Craft Patch
- Spiderwebs pumpkin from Girl Loves Glam
- Cactus pumpkin from Sugar Bee Crafts
- Boo Spiderweb from a Girl and a glue gun
- Rainbow hearts from Happiness is Homemade
- Sloth pumpkin from That’s What Che Said