To view as a slideshow click the first picture. Great job Jaime!
These were the supplies. The paint and spray foam are from Lowes (about $7 per can). I used less than half a can of the spray paint, but I needed two cans of the spray foam. For the spray paint, make sure you get matte finish so the coals don’t look glossy, and double check that your paint will adhere to plastic. The lights are C6 LED lights that I bought from Walmart for $10. I only used one string of them.
This is my cauldron. It’s about two feet wide. I bought this from Party City last halloween for $25. It’s plastic. Nothing special.
I purchased a large sheet of plexiglass (also from Lowes) for $19. It was the perfect size for my cauldron, so I didn’t have to cut it.
I cut up some pop (soda, for you American’s) bottles, using the tops and bottoms of them to add some dimension and height.
I taped down the LED lights in the place I thought would be best. I had most of the lights at the front of the display, seeing as no one would really be seeing the back.
Make sure you tape your plug so it hangs off the plexiglass, so it’s easy to plug in.
I taped down the pop bottles in the four corners, helping to hold the cauldron in place.
I left enough room around the pop bottles, keeping in mind that the spray foam would be expanding. The last thing I wanted was to have the foam expand into the area where the cauldron would sit, and have that area too small.
I turned on the lights to see the position of everything, and make sure It was a somewhat even amount of light on either side.
Looks good.. time for the spray foam!
This was my first time using it and I was thrilled. This was after one full bottle of the spray foam. I used a foam that was “max fill” (maximum expanding) and I STILL needed another bottle. I didn’t take a photo after using the second bottle, but I basically filled in the corners and small gaps between the foam, giving it more lumps, while still trying to keep the middle nice and even for the cauldron to sit on.
Spray painting time! I started by giving the coals a light ‘dusting’ of paint. Then I realized it was too light and needed way more dimension. I used short bursts, keeping the bottle about a 1.5ft away. I was trying to lightly paint the coals. I was VERY scared that I would coat the whole thing in black paint, and would lose the fire effect.
Turned out pretty great. I held the spray paint on an angle, spraying the sides instead of directly on top. I think that also helped to not cover the lights.
Turned off the lights to see how it looks…
Now for the cauldron! I bought a piece of plexiglass that was large enough to cover the cauldron and sit on top of it.
After much difficulty in cutting the plexiglass, my dad and I realized we hated the look of the plexiglass resting on top of the cauldron.
So my dad thought up this great idea of using adhesive foam to create a lip on the inside of the cauldron. My cauldron is oval shaped, so this worked out perfect! Cutting the plexiglass sucked. It was terrible. I’m not even exaggerating. We tried everything – table saw, circular saw, dermal, until finally we tried a jigsaw. Now, I’m not saying the jigsaw worked, because we still ended up with many cracks and a few holes around the edges, but it was good enough for us seeing as the smoke would just seep through those small gaps.
My dad had a green halogen flood light from last Christmas and let me use that. If I didn’t have that I would have bought a string of green LED lights. Do NOT use a regular flood light. I guarantee you will melt the cauldron, and you can’t have that much heat near the fog machine. You will start a fire. You’ll need to drill a small hole in the side of the cauldron (towards the bottom) for the plugs to go through. Once the plugs are through, use black tape to cover it back up to stop the fog from seeping out the back. I created a stand out of old wire hangers to hold the light a few inches off the bottom, allowing the light to reflect throughout the cauldron. I purchased a compact fog machine (and fluid) from Walmart (the machine was $30, fluid was $5). Poor the fluid into the fog machine, plug everything in, wait for the fog machine to heat up, and place the plexiglass inside the cauldron (we used a suction cup for ease of rotating the plexiglass). The fog machine I bought came with a remote (which I highly recommend). When you turn on the fog machine, you only let it ‘fog’ until the cauldron has filled up! Then make sure you unplug the machine so it doesn’t stay warm in the cauldron. And that’s it! You’re all done.
If you did everything right, your cauldron should look almost identical to mine!
I had a fantastic time creating this, and it was my first time doing something so out of my element. I’m not a hands on type of girl, so having my dad help me out with the power tools was very beneficial. I usually do smaller crafts; this was my first time attempting something this big. Hope you guys like it and find this tutorial helpful! 🙂