Monday, September 17, 2012

Halloween Spell Book Tutorial

This is essentially a repost of something I wrote last year.
It is WAY too early for me to start decorating for Halloween!
BUT.....
Some of YOU...are way ahead of me and actually planning and making decorations for next month.....and I thought you might like to try this fun project!


I love this wonderful decorative set of Halloween Books that my daughter gave me a few years ago.



They came from "The Shop Around the Corner" that I told you about from our Weekend Wander in Waconia!

Alas....this cute little shop is now closed....and I sure will miss it!


Last year I put the books on the entry hall  table with the Owl I splurged on....

We even saved the "perfect" branch to use again this year!

When the time comes....I will probably do something similar to this!


I loved the idea of these books  so much that I wanted some for my school Halloween display....and of course I didn't want to spend the money to buy the "real" thing....

I did a knock-off version and only spent $7 instead of the $25 for the originals.

Since this was BB (before blog), I can't do an actual tutorial with photos.....
so I will try to explain how I made them!




I bought these paper mache books in a set of 3 from Michael's for 6.99


  • I painted the outside with flat black craft paint.
  • I painted the book page area with metallic gold paint.
  • I printed out the cover and spine images on my computer
  • I used Modge Podge to attach the printed titles and cover to the books

And here is the finished result! 
I left them loose....instead of gluing them together....so I can stack them every which way!

I will put them on the center table in the Media Center with all of the Halloween books for kids to check out.....
Last year a kid actually tried to check one of them out.....He was so disappointed when he found out they weren't real!






I still have these photo albums that I bought at Goodwill.....hmmmm


I am thinking I will distress these....add some Halloween themed titles and have another set....


I meant to do this last year and never got it done!!!  Maybe this year!
Wish me luck!




Speaking of Halloween....there is really nothing better than a good spooky book to read to your kids.....check out this post with lots of suggestions!

There is plenty of time to get to YOUR library and check them out!!!

 Halloween Books for Kids!


Enjoy!!!  I am going to relish the rest of September and NOT rush into Halloween!!!
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10 comments:

Karri Reiser said...

Wow, your books look great. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party

Jeanette said...

I love these! I've been wanting some spell books forever! I'm pinning this one!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Your book look great, I would of thought they were real books you just redid over. Didn't even know there was paper mache books existed. Very cool looking spell books. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

CSI girl said...

Love these! I started making some last year and only painted them so this inspires me to finish mine! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Dee, from the CSI Project

Karri Reiser said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured your post in this weeks link party.
http://mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-favorite-things-link-party-16.html

Christine said...

WOW!! They are awesome! I would love to decorate my place with those books.

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

I featured you today! Thanks for linking up!
Kim-madeinaday

imsteelefullofscrap said...

How cute I have some of those book paper maches may try this thank u

Jen said...

Love these!
Great job!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I'm featuring your cute projects as part of a Halloween round-up to be published on 10/17. I'm a Throwback Thursday hostess and just love this project. I hope you'll stop by to comment and to share!

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