Book of Spells


Who doesn’t need a Book of Spells to go with their Halloween decor!!!  My all time favorite time of the year….leaves are falling, sweaters and jeans come out, Halloween decorations go up and a Halloween party to plan!  What’s not to like!!! Here is the step by step process of how I made my spooky “Book of Spells”!

You can use craft paper found at your local craft store or Walmart!  I didn’t have any on hand and remembered I had saved this to go bag that would work just fine!


What you will need:

  • Mod Podge – I used Antique Matte but a regular Matte would work just fine.
  • Sponge applicator for the Mod Podge
  • A Book (preferably one you don’t normally use)
  • Scissors

SONY DSC I just cut my paper bag and used the inside of the bag with the wording underneath so it wouldn’t show through.  Make sure to cut it big enough to cover the book and leave room to fold the sides in.

SONY DSC Crinkle your craft paper or paper bag to make it look wrinkled and old! (yes, I have a noisy dog)! 🙂

SONY DSC Place your paper under your book and with your sponge applicator spread Mod Podge all over the front of your book.

SONY DSC Press the paper down onto the cover, smooth it out to get out the air bubbles. Open the book and put Mod Podge on the edges of the paper/book and fold them over. You will need to tear the top and bottom pieces by the spine so they will fold over without bringing the rest of the paper with it. Repeat this process to all the sides.

SONY DSC Once you’ve finished the whole book you will have little pieces of paper hanging off of the spine of the book. Just tear them off!

SONY DSC Here is what it looks like after you get the paper around the whole book.

SONY DSC Now to add the “Book of Spells” on the cover of the book you will need to print out your words on the computer- in the font of your choosing. Gently secure it to the front of your book where you would like the writing to be (I used tape but be careful taking it off)!

SONY DSC Trace the outline of the letters with a very pointy pen or pencil and press down hard.  No worries, the color will not show through…just the outline!  The outline should make an indention in your book cover so you can easily trace it. I tried to take a picture but you couldn’t see it well in the picture.

SONY DSC After I got all the words traced, I retraced them with a black paint pen (you can use a magic marker as well) and then I filled them in…it was super easy to follow the lines.   I also used a Vintage Distressing ink and rubbed the ink over the front, back, sides and even the page edges to give it a more aged and distressed look!  I found the distressing ink at my local craft store with the scrapbooking supplies.

SONY DSC  Here is the pages.

SONY DSC I felt like mine needed a little more pop…so I printed off a spider web, a spider, a bat & some swirly’s and did the exact same thing as I did with the letters…went around each of them with the sharp pen to make indentions, traced and filled them in with my paint pen. And the last step…spread another coat of Mod Podge over the entire book! You don’t have to do this but it does give it a little shimmer and a more finished look!


I love it…looks awesome with all my spooky decor!!


Lay it down or stand it up…I can’t decide which I like more!  I may just have to transport it around the house to different spots though out October!


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