I see all of the ceramic and fake witches’ spell books in the Halloween decor section at the craft stores, and I love the idea of them, but hate how fake they look. My favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus (Amuck! Amuck Amuck!) and I’ve always wanted to make a Hocus Pocus Book minus the creepy eyeball and skin, so I did! These are surprisingly easy to make, and much cheaper than purchasing the fake, ceramic versions, and while they do take a bit of time, I think they pay off in the end!
If you want to make you’re own, pick up three vintage books from a thrift store and you’ll need foam letter stickers, a sheet of craft foam, tissue paper, mod podge, foam brush, scissors, black or brown spray paint, gold or silver craft paint, and paper towels. Start by sticking the foam letter stickers onto the fronts of the books and the spines. You can spell whatever you would like: Potions, Curses, Charms, Spells, Hocus Pocus, Magic, etc.
Next, cut out ghoulish shapes and photo corners using the craft foam sheet. For this step, I used my Cricut Explore, but you can easily cut out a spooky shape with scissors, or perhaps even find pre-made shapes at the craft store. Then, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front and spine a book then attach a sheet of tissue paper to the book, covering the letters and shapes, making sure you press the tissue paper down around the crevices of the letters and shapes to make them stand out more. Repeat this step on the other books. Once the fronts are dry, flip the books over and cover the backs.
Next, either paint the books black or brown with craft paint, or tape off the book pages and spray paint the cover and spines. I used spray paint – it was faster. And once the books are dry, rub small amounts of gold or silver craft paint onto the tops of the letters and shapes. I did this with a paper towel. I also applied a bit of paint to some of the tissue paper lines to add some dimension.
And that’s it! The whole process probably takes about 2 hours with the dry times which isn’t too bad. And they will look awesome as part of your Halloween decor for years to come!