Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spooky Books

Alright, here is just ONE of the Halloween Decor Tutorials! They are spooky books and they're super awesome. Just a forewarning, as much as I LOVE the really cutesy Halloween decorations, I like my house to look like a Haunted Mansion for Halloween time. Therefore, my decor is kinda creepy... don't worry though, my next Halloween Tutorial does include glitter. =)

Alright, your supplies need are:

-4 old books that you don't mind trashing
-black craft paint
-hot glue gun
-assorted paint colors in your choice for lettering
-sponge paint brushes

First, squirt some black craft paint in a bowl and paint it over the covers of books (if needed) and over the spines.

Set them outside in the sun to dry. Good news about craft paint is, it dries super fast.... especially if you live in the desert like myself. After they're nice and toasty, bust out your hot glue gun and write the words along the spines. I chose mine to say "Spells", "Brews", "Curses", and "Potions". Be prepared, this part can get pretty messy.

Once the hot glue has dried and hardened, go over the letters with your choice of color paint. After you've completed this step, you can be finished. I however, decided to go one step further and make them look a little more aged. All you do is dip your sponge brush in black paint, and dab most of it off with a paper towel. Then, stipple over the letters very lightly... this will make it look dirty. (Cause let's be real, witches probably didn't have clean spell books..)

As you can see, I didn't clean off every stringy hot glue piece. I was going to, but then my younger brother told me that it looks like spider webs, and I was like "oh, heck yes."

And there you go. Spooky Books a la Get Craftlicious.

Don't you love those apothecary jars?!! I mean, they're in desperate need of some candy corns and mini reese's, but they're pretty dang awesome. All I did was print off some creepy images from Janet Hopkins' Happy Haunting Printable kit, which you can purchase here.

I simply taped mine onto the jars because I don't use those for just Halloween, but if you want to make it more permanent, you could just mod podge it on there.

Didn't it turn out awesome?!!! I'm in love!

What are some of your favorite DIY Halloween Decorations? Are you more like me and love spooky decor, or are you more of a glitter and happy pumpkins girl?

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Curtis and Kristy Hofmann said...

You need a house!

Shalyn said...

This is such a cute, cheap idea- love it!

Andrea said...

Love this! I wish you had a "love" button. haha

Tanya said...

Very cool idea :)

Katie said...

I love your spooky books! I found you via Tatertots & Jello & am a new follower!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

Super super cute, especially with the jars and skull by them. Love the books. great job. winks-jen

Lisa said...

Love this :)

Priscilla said...

I really like this one...thanks for the idea...