spell books – diy

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So along with the potion bottles I made spell books to complete the story.  I’ve pinned a bunch of ideas & read a bunch of tutorials on the subject…and here I’m sharing the techniques I used.
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I had these books in my stash from thrifting | garage sales | flea markets | etc.
I used them often in my consigning days & they are super handy for crafty projects like this.
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I gave them one quick coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in graphite.
I only applied one coat of paint since I didn’t want it totally perfect for more of an aged looked but also went around a 2nd time dabbing the sides of the covers and the page edges.
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I then stamped them with varied fonts (I have a big stash of stamps from my scrapbooking business days) on the spine, using acrylic craft paint.
Whenever you stamp on a project you should test it out on a scrap piece of paper first.  Always!  This helps with placement & spacing.
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Viola!  I have a book of spells, potions, poisons & curses.
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For the main spell book I used these free printables for the open pages from Marie @ the g*rated blog.
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I found where the book opened naturally towards the center & mod podged the pages there where it would be displayed open.
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I added paint around the edges and curled the corners.  It helps to mist the pages a bit to mold them.
You can age it as much or as little as you would like, depending on the “look” you’re going for.
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Of course I wanted it all grungy like it had been around for centuries.
I also added a ribbon down the middle of the pages, holding the spot for the perfect spell recipes.
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I think I’m done crafting for Halloween this year.
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Believe it or not I have quite the list left of things I would like to tackle next year.
Master & Miss Ms costumes are almost finalized so I’m pretty much ready for all Hollow’s eve.
Happy Haunting !
Pinterest spellbooks
sharing @:
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life
tweak it tuesday @ cozy little house
what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
vintage inspiration party @ my salvaged treasures
fall into fall @ diy by design
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
wow us wednesday @ savvy southern style
wake-up wednesdays @ god’s growing garden
flea market friday @ creative country mom’s vintage home & garden
spooktacular halloween party @ made in a day
think & make @ table & hearth
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
share your cup @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
home sweet home @ the charm of home
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
simple & sweet friday @ rooted in thyme
friday’s five features @ diy vintage chic
shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique
brag worthy thursday @ colour saturated life
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
sundays at home @ love of home
halloween decorations @ celebrate and decorate






  1. Cheryl says:

    These are awesome, I am so going to do this next year! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. thanks cheryl. you’ll be so happy when you get it done nest year. thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment. xo- mj

  3. Jann Olson says:

    More spooky fun! Your creative juices were really flowing. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Sherry says:

    Great transformations! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  5. Oh, how fun! I love the idea of transforming these books! Thank you for sharing this tutorial at The Halloween Blog Hop and $100 Giveaway! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. So clever! I love the way you transformed these books. Thank you for linking up and stay well.

  7. Great project and a great way to recycle old books. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

  8. Thanks Michelle. It was a fun project once I got started. Thanks for stopping by.
    XO- MJ

  9. Thanks Donna. Yes! I am all about recycling, upcycling and repurposing… Thanks for stopping by.
    XO- MJ

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