Halloween: DIY Spell Books

DIY SPELL BOOKS – HARRY POTTER 

DIY Spell Books for Harry Potter Costume

DIY Spell Books for Harry Potter Costume

Halloween is maybe the only holiday that can pull me out of my making-stuff-and-writing-about it hiatus. Work, kids, life, blahdy blah blah = time deficit. Time deficit = making things deficit. But then just like that, one little Pinterest success with these spell books, and I’m feeling a need to share. These were an easy-ish, inexpensive project made with my kids to go with their Ron & Hermione – Harry Potter costumes this year. I love how they turned out and will be making more for our Halloween party.

Want to make them yourself? You should! I won’t get too far into the details, simply follow the link to see a step by step, but here are a couple of tips I learned along the way:

  • Old encyclopedias from thrift stores are awesome for this project. The bumps on the spine and the gold detail on the outside covers all add some charm, even when painted over. The inside pages are full of maps, animals, and other encyclopedia style stuff that make it more intriguing.
  • Use gold adhesive lettering from the craft store. When you decoupage over it with the Mod Podge, it still shows through so you don’t need to later paint it to get the metallic look. My kids decides to be very literal and name them “Spell Book” but think of all the possibilities. “Potions & Poisons,” “Hogwarts: History of Spells,” “Deadly Hexes” etc.
  • Have your kids design their own book. They loved coming up with the colors, lettering, and creatures to glue on the front. My daughter added her initials down the spine to make it her own.
  • Next up: I’m going to print out these Harry Potter Spells and glue them onto some of the book’s pages throughout.

Some pics of the process… enjoy!

Hot glue some plastic creature on. Add some letters.

Hot glue some plastic creature on. Add some letters.

Mod Podge Magic

Mod Podge Magic

DIY Spell Books for Harry Potter Costume

DIY Spell Books for Harry Potter Costume

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