Make Your Own Spooky Books

Last weekend we did a fun project.  Spooky books.  Good for Halloween, or anytime.


What you’ll need:

  • Old books
  • Paper towels
  • Small plastic Halloween paraphernalia – spiders, skeletons, etc. (Ebay)
  • Letters – either scrapbook stickers, foam letters, card stock cutouts, etc.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue N’ Seal
  • Black craft paint (can find in Walmart in the arts & crafts section for $1)
  • Metallic craft paint (can find in Walmart in the arts & crafts section for $1)
  • Paintbrushes


Step one: Hot glue everything in place on your book cover the way you want it.  For the skeleton book, I cut the wings off the bat and hot-glued them on first, then the skeleton right over that.  I also hammered thumbtacks into the corners for extra detail. I bought these toys on Ebay.

Step two: Once you get everything glued into place, spread a damp paper towel (it’s best to separate it into one-ply) over the book and glue over everything. Make sure it’s damp! It will stick much easier that way, and then you can just brush the Glue n’ Seal right over it. Don’t try to make it perfect, the creases and wrinkles are what give it that leathery look. Use a small paintbrush to really jam it into all the crevices nice and snug.

Step three: When the Glue n’ Seal dries, paint the whole thing black.  You will be distressed at this point, because your book will look super lame.  DON’T WORRY!  The next step is the best part.

Step four: Once the black paint dries, lightly brush the metallic paint over the details.  This is what really brings the book to life. I just dab a tiny bit on my fingertip and rub it in. A little goes a long way.




Yesterday I made my own incense!  A woodsy scent of Frankincense and Sandalwood.  A friend posted directions on his blog, and I followed them.  Here’s his blog entry:

These are the quantities that are suggested (once you read the blog you will understand):

2 heaping tablespoons of Sandalwood
1 heaping tablespoon of Frankincense
5 or 6 tonka beans
1 teaspoon of black pepper corns
1 heaping tablespoon of benzoin

Then add about twice that much makko.

A fun project!