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

Ends and Starts

One of my favorite summer moments.

I’ll miss you Summer.


Well, summer is coming to an end for me, short but sweet. I head into a new job tomorrow satisfied with all I’ve squeezed out of the last few months and a little nervous for new beginnings.

During my time off it was my goal to:
1) Dust off my creative side since my last job overpowered it into hiatus.
2) Spend more time with my kids, preferably adventuring.
3) Set up new habits to keep goals 1 & 2 continuing while employed.

I kicked off numbers one and two bootcamp style with my Make Stuff Up Challenge as well as getting this blog off the ground. Sure, there are some projects yet to complete (ahem, basement) and some I never started, and the “daily” was actually every few days, but I crown it a successful jumping off point to keep rolling forward with.

The trick now is goal number three, keeping the creative habit rolling while working. While I am officially laying to rest the daily challenge, I will continue to post on Fumbleweeds once or twice a week with various creative projects, challenge updates (the restaurant challenge continues!), and adventuring reports.

So what’s the new gig? I will be working on Product Management for a small start up making Karaoke apps. A new jumping off point of sorts since I will be challenged to throw my inhibitions to the wind and sing. In broad daylight. At work. Huh, did I think this one through?

fumble and roll.

Summer Sun

Summer Sun