Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Countdown to Halloween #12: Magic Book

I've just realised that there are, as of today, 12 days until Halloween and not 13, so here's a double dose - number 12 in my Halloween Countdown series. Don't worry, I won't be spamming you with two posts every day, just the days that I can't count properly :)

I'm a big fan of all things crafty, and Halloween (even moreso than Christmas) lets me get a little creative and gross at the same time - a winning combination, I think you'll agree. Today, I'm going to show you how to create a really cool Halloween prop - an ancient book. My sister and I were (and still are) a little obsessed with all things witchy, so combine the books from Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus, and you'll get the idea behind this one. Firstly, the inspiration:

[Click Image for Source] Winifred's Spell Book (Hocus Pocus)

[Click Image for Source] Spell Book (Practical Magic)
So, if you're big into Halloweenifying as many areas of your house as possible like myself, then I'm going to talk you through what you need to do to make one of these nifty little spell books to add to a display. Honestly - especially if you're having a party, this can be such a brilliant talking point if surrounded by a couple of candles and a skull or two (don't get worried, my skulls are strictly wax).

Firstly, you need a book that you don't mind recycling. I recommend anything with a dust jacket, mine was an old put-of-date sports almanac that's been lying round the house for years.


When you have the book, get a little bit of sandpaper and sand the front cover down to weather it a bit - I couldn't find any, so I just went around the edges with a cheap emery board. Next, get some newspaper and tear it into strips. Roll the strips up like so:


Then use superglue to make some patterns on the front of the book and stick the rolled-up paper down in whatever shape you want. Trim any ends that are left sticking up.


Now, you can either paint the newspaper with some paint, or use a permanent black marker to colour the paper in. I used a permanent marker, and I've a headache since, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you do it near a window. Fumes - gastastic. Use a gold or silver pen to add some little accents. When it's coloured in, it'll look a bit like this:


Lastly, use any bits or bobs you have lying around to add decorations to the front of it. My leopard-print thing came from a Penneys bracelet that lived a long and happy life until it got caught in a drawer. Just dig around and see what you have - beads, stickers, bits of Halloween decorations - anything will work.


Pretty cool, no? If you want to go even further, you can google 'spells', type one out in a fancy font, then get a teabag and stain the page. Add accents of gold pen, and look - authentic (kinda) spell book.


This is one of my favourite crafty projects to do for Halloween - I hate buying mass-produced things that everyone else has, I love to make my own decorations and props. Whether you think this is ungodly crap, or pretty cool - thanks for reading to this point, and hope you get some inspiration to make one of your decorations this October!

S xxx

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