Halloween Craft: DIY Spell Book

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge.  Me and 4 other bloggers challenge ourselves to bring you a creative craft tutorial based around a different theme each month. This month, the theme is Halloween. There’s a link to their crafts at the bottom of this tutorial.

DIY Halloween spell book

How many people do you think dress up as a witch for Halloween? You always see a few of them while you’re out and about, right? That’s why I decided to make a spell book for this month’s Halloween-themed craft. 

The process is easy and cheap, but I’ll warn you that it’s time-consuming because of drying time. Toward the end, I got impatient and got out my hair dryer to make it move a little bit faster.

Want to make your own? This is what you’ll need.

halloween spell book materials

DIY Spell Book Materials

Mod Podge
Paint brush
Fake spider
Sponge brush
Paper towels
Hot melt glue
Cup of water
Paper mache book
Acrylic pant: black and metallic copper

I found my book at Michaels for about $5. You can get the rest of your materials there as well.

paint spell book

Step 1

Paint the entire book and your fake spider black.

Let it dry.

mod podge spell book

textured spell book

Step 2

Cover the front cover of the book with Mod Podge.

Then, peel one layer off of your paper towel, get it wet and place that ply over top of the Mod Podge. You want it to be wrinkled and torn to add some texture and character.

spell book in progress

Step 3

Paint the paper towel black.

Let it dry.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the spine and back cover.

spider web decoration

Step 4

Using your hot melt gun, glue on your spider and draw a web around it. If you want, you can also add the title Spells at the top of the cover.

mod podge spell book2

Step 5

Cover that whole front cover in Mod Podge, again.

spell book design

Step 6

You guessed it. Get another paper towel, wet it and cover your newly made design.

This time, though, you’ll want to make sure you trace around your design with a wet paint brush so your spider, web and title stand out.

Let it dry.

copper detail on spell book

Step 7

Last step! Using a small, dry paint brush, brush on the metallic copper paint. Get just a little bit on the brush and lightly cover the edge of your spider, web and title. You don’t want to go overboard here. The purpose of the metallic paint is to make the design stand out and make the book look enchanted.

Cover any little wrinkles from the paper towels, the edges of the book, the details in the spine and whatever else you think needs a little bit of a pop.

Let it dry.

DIY Halloween spell book

When you’re finished, you’ll have a creepy new spell book to carry around or to use as a prop for Halloween. I have a tutorial for the potion bottles, too, if you want to go all out.

Don’t forget to give me feedback! You know I love to hear your thoughts.

Check out the rest of the Halloween crafts in The Craft Challenge by clicking on the links to each blogger in the image below. Each blogger is supposed to have their posts up by the end of the day today.

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

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11 thoughts on “Halloween Craft: DIY Spell Book

    • Thank you, Kevin. I don’t think people give the hot melt gun enough credit. You can make all kinds of things with it.

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