I have seen many of those faux spell books all over Pinterest and they looked like a fun project to try. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any sacrificial books to turn into spell books, however, I did have a book shaped box that my iPad cover came in. I hung on to the box for no reason other than my slightly latent hoarder genes. It was such a nice box and I was sure I could find a use for it. I’m proud to say that not only did I find a use for it, but my faux spell book doubles as a secret hiding place for all of my “spell” casting needs.
Materials for your faux spell book:
- Sturdy box that has a hinge opening
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Black paint (I used chalkboard paint)
- Gold mica powder
- Decorative paper for the inside
- Mod Podge (or you can water down some elmer’s glue)
- Several Kleenex’s
- Paint brushes
- Spell book template (download below)
How to make your faux spell book.
First, I went to Google for inspiration. I already had some cool animal skull print paper to line the inside with and that was my inspiration for the outside. After googling many different animal skulls, I decided that cows were sort of quirky, yet ominous. I then free-handed a skull on the front and then drew some mystical looking symbols around it. If you’d like you can download my pattern for free, fill out the form above and you’ll get a pdf in your email. I also wanted the book to have a title, but somehow I felt like “Spells” was too on the nose. So, I found a Runic alphabet and wrote spells, but with a little more flair.
Next, I traced over everything with my hot glue gun. I did several passes to build up the glue height. One trick I often do with hot glue is to keep a little water nearby and if I need to fix something, I dip my finger in the water and then reshape the glue without burning myself. This was a trick I picked up while making my Bee Wreath.
After the hot glue dried, I got out the Mod Podge and Kleenex. It turns out that my tissue actually consisted of three layers. So, I started by separating the layers to get three very thin sheets of tissue. Next, I dabbed some mod podge glue on the box so that the tissue would stay in place when I put it down. Lastly, I went over the whole tissue with Mod Podge, making sure that it really tucked around all of the hot glue and that the details showed clearly. After I covered the front, sides, and back I allowed the box to fully dry for 24 hours.
Before adding the Mod Podge to the top, I secured it with a few dabs of glue. Here is what it looked like after the tissue dried and before painting it.
The next step was pretty satisfying. I painted over everything with black chalkboard paint. I did leave the edges of the “book” white. After the outside was dry to the touch (1-2 hours), I painted the inside walls black as well. This helped to give the inside a more finished look.
I put tissue on the back as well. This gave a nice leathery look when I painted over it. Here is the completely painted spell book before adding the mica powder.
Once the paint was totally dry (I waited 24 hours), I used my finger to rub some mica powder over all of the raised parts. This was literally the most satisfying part, because it created instant gratification. The box looked so good after the mica powder was added.
Optional: Line the inside with decorative paper
I wanted to cover the graphics on the inside of my box with my super-rad animal skull paper (the paper came from www.pepinpress.com—they have amazing stuff). I added the paper to the inside front cover and the back. My original plan was to line the sides too, but painting the sides black ended up being much easier. In order to attach the paper, I coated the surface with Mod Podge and then tried to smooth the paper down from top to bottom to avoid bubbles. Then I covered the top and edges really well with more Mod Podge. It ended up with a few wrinkles, but they add a little character.