Merry Halloween!

Merry Halloween!
(UPDATE! For a new and improved version of this tutorial, click here!)
Soooooo, almost every other blogger I know already has their Christmas tree up. And then there’s me. Showing you Halloween decorations. So, yeah. Just think of it as an enormous head start for next year.

Anyway, as may know, I’ve been working with Apartment Guide to share some of their great tips and tricks on how to make your apartment greener and recycling and good stuff like that. So I thought I’d share this little project that falls under the ‘recycling’ umbrella for me: altered books!

I started with a bunch of outdated textbooks from my husband’s school that were headed for the dumpster. The DUMPSTER! I couldn’t let that happen, not even to outdated textbooks, so I rescued as many as I could. This involved me pushing a broken shopping cart full of books through downtown Phoenix in a windstorm. You really should have seen it.

Once I was safely home with my pile of books, a glue gun, and some cheapie Halloween toys from Wal-Mart, this is what I did:

(You’ve seen glimpses of this already if you follow me on Instagram, @betterafterlnz).
This is what I used:

The paper towel is actually the most important part.  You’ll see why in a second.  But first, you want to start by gluing everything to your book the way you want it.  I cut the wings off the bat toy and hot-glued them on first, then the skeleton right over that.  I also hammered round thumb-tacks into the corners and edges for extra detail.  After you get everything glued to your book, you dampen the paper towel slightly and just mod-podge it right over the top of everything for that leathery look, pushing it into all the crevices nice and snug with a small paintbrush.

The spiderwebs were made with hot glue, and I just cut the letters out of cardstock and glued them on too, although I put the letters on AFTER mod-podging on the paper towel, but it probably wouldn’t make a huge difference either way.

Once the mod-podge was dry, I painted the whole thing black, then lightly brushed over the details and raised parts and lettering with gold rub-n-buff and copper metallic paint.  You could get the same results with gold paint instead of the rub-n-buff, but just not as bright. Doesn’t really matter, just be creative!

Anyway, the details and lettering really picked up the paint nicely and looked authentically embossed.  Matt actually asked me if “Venomous Potions” was the original name of the book. No, dear they don’t typically teach that in high school these days.

 (Inspiration was found via Seeing Things.)

 

Fun!  I’m so glad they live with me now and not in some sad old dumpster.

I hope you liked my little project.  File it away for next year, and be sure to check out Apartment Guide whether you’re living, looking or moving.  Apartment Guide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you search for green apartment communities.

 

 

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(Click here for the updated tutorial with more pictures and new techniques!)

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266 Comments

  1. November 14, 2012 / 10:23 PM

    Love these! great giveaway

  2. Anonymous
    November 14, 2012 / 10:23 PM

    Thanks for the chance to will this!

    Vesta

  3. November 14, 2012 / 10:24 PM

    those look incredible! great job! 🙂

  4. November 14, 2012 / 10:24 PM

    What a great idea! So Creative!

  5. November 14, 2012 / 10:24 PM

    Hope I win!

  6. November 14, 2012 / 10:27 PM

    Cute, clever, and creepy!

  7. November 14, 2012 / 10:27 PM

    This is awesome! Definitely going to do this next year. =)

  8. November 14, 2012 / 10:28 PM

    How creative!

  9. November 14, 2012 / 10:30 PM

    Think I goofed up on the comment section. Anyway, LOVE the Halloween books they are awesome. Hoping I win the gift card:) thanks!

  10. November 14, 2012 / 10:30 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway! LOVE these books, going to dollar tree tomorrow to see if I can score some cheap after halloween stuff to use on my books!!

  11. November 14, 2012 / 10:30 PM

    Think I goofed up on the comment section. Anyway, LOVE the Halloween books they are awesome. Hoping I win the gift card:) thanks!

  12. November 14, 2012 / 10:31 PM

    Loved this. It could be modified for many holidays with different colors.

  13. November 14, 2012 / 10:32 PM

    So clever! Thanks for the fun.

  14. November 14, 2012 / 10:32 PM

    So clever! Thanks for the fun.

  15. November 14, 2012 / 10:35 PM

    I would be my husbands hero if I won this gift card! 🙂

  16. November 14, 2012 / 10:35 PM

    That is so cool! You did an amazing job on those, glad you saved them from the dumpster.

  17. November 14, 2012 / 10:36 PM

    I love these! I wish they lived at my house!

  18. November 14, 2012 / 10:37 PM

    This is remarkable. I have tons of old books. I need to do this. Thanks for the idea!

  19. November 14, 2012 / 10:37 PM

    Wow. That turned out awesome. I am definitely picking up some old books at the thrift store and some dollar store creepy toys 🙂

  20. November 14, 2012 / 10:37 PM

    So fun and creative! You’ve got mad skills!

  21. November 14, 2012 / 10:38 PM

    Yay! I could use a $50 Home Depot card!

  22. November 14, 2012 / 10:39 PM

    That is amazing! I was really skeptical when I saw the supplies, but WOW!

  23. November 14, 2012 / 10:40 PM

    Those look so cool!!! They look all leathery!!! Good job!!! Plus…HOPE I WIN!! WO-HOO!!

  24. November 14, 2012 / 10:46 PM

    Love it!

  25. November 14, 2012 / 10:49 PM

    I’m in the middle of a project at my house and this sure would come in handy!!!

  26. November 14, 2012 / 10:51 PM

    I love what you did there. One of the local thrift stores has a shopping cart full of books for $5.00. I think we may end up with several of these next year. ;o) And what a fantastic giveaway!

  27. November 14, 2012 / 10:53 PM

    Those are so cute!!

  28. November 14, 2012 / 10:57 PM

    These are great! Now I want to hit up the Walmart 90% off carts to see what I can find in there!

  29. November 14, 2012 / 10:59 PM

    They look amazing, and something I could do! Paper towel, would have had no idea. I had a bathroom I striped of wallpaper, and hate to texture, so I used tissue paper. Roll paint on wall, laid a sheet of crumpled-then-flattened tissue paper on wet paint, roll paint of the top. Coolest texture.

  30. November 14, 2012 / 10:59 PM

    Those books are amazing!
    And I need to paint my brown living room so thanks for an awesome giveaway

  31. November 14, 2012 / 11:01 PM

    Too cool for skool!

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

    Hoping to win the $50 gift card …

  32. November 14, 2012 / 11:02 PM

    Very cool Halloween decoration! 🙂

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  34. Anonymous
    November 14, 2012 / 11:03 PM

    That project is so awesome! And, I actually think I could accomplish it, unlike many of the furniture “works of art” that I typically envy.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  35. Anonymous
    November 14, 2012 / 11:04 PM

    That project is so awesome! And, I actually think I could accomplish it, unlike many of the furniture “works of art” that I typically envy.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Sorry – posted before without my contact info – Stephanie, steph0828 at hotmail.com

  36. November 14, 2012 / 11:07 PM

    Clever! I’m totally pinning this for next year’s mantle.

  37. November 14, 2012 / 11:07 PM

    Those are pretty awesome! You have much more skills than you give yourself credit for.

  38. November 14, 2012 / 11:07 PM

    Clever! I’m totally pinning this for next year’s mantle.

  39. November 14, 2012 / 11:07 PM

    I don’t even like Halloween but those books look cool!

  40. November 14, 2012 / 11:09 PM

    A paper towel! Brillant!

    I would love to win the gift card! After 3 years of saving, I’m planning on a DIY kitchen update over christmas, the gift card would sure help!

  41. November 14, 2012 / 11:11 PM

    Are you kidding me?? This is fantastic!!!

  42. Deb
    November 14, 2012 / 11:19 PM

    Thanks for the great halloween idea nad the super giveaway

  43. November 14, 2012 / 11:22 PM

    I was definitely skeptical when I saw your pile of supplies, but they look great!

  44. November 14, 2012 / 11:23 PM

    I can see lots of possibilities for this!

  45. November 14, 2012 / 11:24 PM

    We’re building a new home for our family so it would be awesome to win this!! (great job on the projects too!)

  46. Trina
    November 14, 2012 / 11:27 PM

    I’d love to win this gift card, and you should give away your cool books next :-). They look really great!

  47. November 14, 2012 / 11:27 PM

    I never would have thought to up-cycle old books like that! I have a few old college books lying around that I could totally do this too.

  48. November 14, 2012 / 11:28 PM

    The books are great! Love them. I love to scroll through your blog and drool over all of the makeovers. Makes me want to move so I could start over with all re-purposed furniture and fixtures. I would love to win the gift card.

  49. November 14, 2012 / 11:30 PM

    This could work for any holiday! I’m thinking Valentines would be perfect..

  50. November 14, 2012 / 11:31 PM

    Wow. Those books turned awesome.. Definately gonna try this next year! Awesome giveaway too!

  51. November 14, 2012 / 11:34 PM

    This is great! They look so real! Great giveaway!

  52. November 14, 2012 / 11:35 PM

    Love the books! I can always use a home depot gift card.

  53. Brian
    November 14, 2012 / 11:36 PM

    Very creative.

  54. Sara B.
    November 14, 2012 / 11:40 PM

    Creative idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. November 14, 2012 / 11:41 PM

    Home Depot is AWESOME but you are awesomer! I love these books! What a great idea. I didn’t know you lived in Phoenix. Dust storms get pretty bad there. I’m a blond-haired, blue-eyed, busty California girl now (well busty anyway) but I was born in Casa Grande AZ and grew up all over AZ, love that place. Nowhere in the world are sunset more beautiful!

  56. November 14, 2012 / 11:48 PM

    Awesome giveaway. I would love to win!

  57. November 14, 2012 / 11:49 PM

    These look awesome!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  58. November 14, 2012 / 11:51 PM

    So awesome! Both your project and the giveaway!

  59. November 14, 2012 / 11:52 PM

    Less scary and more merry – maybe a Christmas tree and green or red paint and you have a cool Christmas journal for photos and memories!

  60. November 14, 2012 / 11:56 PM

    Looks awesome. Also, yay giveaway!

  61. November 14, 2012 / 11:58 PM

    pllease!!!!

  62. November 15, 2012 / 12:25 AM

    I love shopping at Home Depot!

  63. November 15, 2012 / 12:39 AM

    You’re so creative! They turned out amazing!

  64. Kim Coe
    November 15, 2012 / 12:49 AM

    Gift cards to hardware store is the only thing I want for Christmas this year… 🙂

  65. November 15, 2012 / 12:55 AM

    That’s okay, I’m still selling some Halloween in the shop, too. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    ~Glenda

  66. November 15, 2012 / 1:02 AM

    I love the books! Such a clever idea!

  67. November 15, 2012 / 1:05 AM

    I absolutely love this idea! I cannot, repeat cannot, throw out a book. Now I have a fabulous reason to keep them. Thank you!

  68. November 15, 2012 / 1:14 AM

    i love the home Depot!

  69. November 15, 2012 / 1:35 AM

    The books turned out great! Not what I expected when I saw the plastic decorations…:)…and thanks for calling me “dollface” (I’m referencing your note under “Leave your comment”….please don’t think I’m weird…or – at least not too weird. :)Don’t know if it’s always been there, but that’s the first time I’ve seen it.

  70. November 15, 2012 / 1:35 AM

    I want to win!

  71. November 15, 2012 / 1:41 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway & I love the way the books turned out.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  72. November 15, 2012 / 1:59 AM

    Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

  73. November 15, 2012 / 2:02 AM

    Wonderful giveaway; thanks for hosting!

  74. November 15, 2012 / 2:15 AM

    Very creative!

  75. November 15, 2012 / 2:22 AM

    I think I could win this!

  76. November 15, 2012 / 2:35 AM

    What an awesome way to recycle old books!

  77. November 15, 2012 / 2:38 AM

    This is fantastic & God bless you for still being in the Halloween spirit! October just isn’t long enough. I stocked up on some clearance Halloween decor so I will be sure to makes these..next year. Thanks for sharing love!

    istaistaista.blogspot.com

  78. November 15, 2012 / 2:42 AM

    This is so creative, love it!

  79. November 15, 2012 / 2:49 AM

    Love me some Home Depot!!!!!

  80. November 15, 2012 / 2:54 AM

    Really clever! I’m going to do this for my brother for Christmas.

  81. November 15, 2012 / 2:55 AM

    Did I hear the words “gift card?”

  82. November 15, 2012 / 3:06 AM

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

  83. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 3:16 AM

    I love those, they look amazing! (And love HD!) scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  84. November 15, 2012 / 3:17 AM

    Oh good gracious alive. You have GOT to be kidding me. Those are UH-MAZING! Sooo fun!

  85. November 15, 2012 / 3:18 AM

    Those just look soooo cool!!!!

  86. November 15, 2012 / 3:19 AM

    Very creative. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  87. November 15, 2012 / 3:20 AM

    Very creative. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  88. November 15, 2012 / 3:40 AM

    Those are absolutely amazing! I am thinking of a lot of possibilities with this technique!!! Awesome!!

  89. November 15, 2012 / 3:40 AM

    Those are absolutely amazing! I am thinking of a lot of possibilities with this technique!!! Awesome!!

  90. November 15, 2012 / 3:47 AM

    Awesome giveaway!

  91. November 15, 2012 / 3:50 AM

    That is really cool, turned out much better than other books I’ve seen! I’m impressed and have the itch to try it myself!

  92. November 15, 2012 / 4:09 AM

    I want to win!

  93. Amy
    November 15, 2012 / 4:37 AM

    The books turned out so cool.

  94. Christin
    November 15, 2012 / 4:58 AM

    So cool! I especially love the skeleton one!

  95. Tami
    November 15, 2012 / 5:06 AM

    Would LOVE to win this! We have many more projects to complete on our house.

  96. November 15, 2012 / 5:06 AM

    Wow those books are awesome! Fingers crossed to be the lucky winner… 🙂

  97. November 15, 2012 / 5:09 AM

    Super clever! Love it!

  98. November 15, 2012 / 5:18 AM

    I really love Giveaways I hope I win.

  99. Karamie
    November 15, 2012 / 5:30 AM

    Very cool idea! Love your blog!

  100. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 5:49 AM

    These are too cute! I love Halloween decorations. What glue did you use on the plastic toys? Will Mod-podge hold them?
    Delia
    de_rotolo@yahoo.com

  101. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 6:29 AM

    Love these!

  102. November 15, 2012 / 6:31 AM

    WOW! That’s awesome, especially the papertowel to make it look like leather.

  103. November 15, 2012 / 6:33 AM

    WOW! That’s awesome, especially the papertowel to make it look like leather.

  104. Abby Kartzinel
    November 15, 2012 / 7:09 AM

    Love the paper towel and modge podge idea for a leathered look!

  105. November 15, 2012 / 10:21 AM

    Those are really pretty awesome!

  106. November 15, 2012 / 11:35 AM

    These are amazing…sure hope I remember this for next Halloween. You would never know these were homemade! Great job!

  107. November 15, 2012 / 11:45 AM

    Those are awesome! Now I’m having the moment of regret for getting rid of old text book last month! See, I was right, never get rid of anything! Kidding!

  108. November 15, 2012 / 12:04 PM

    Who couldn’t use $50 from Home Depot! Love the giveaway and love the books.

  109. November 15, 2012 / 12:11 PM

    I love that book idea- my school’s library always has a cart outside its door for free books and I’m totally going to do that! 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  110. November 15, 2012 / 12:11 PM

    I love that book idea- my school’s library always has a cart outside its door for free books and I’m totally going to do that! 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. November 15, 2012 / 12:41 PM

    Oh my gosh, SO doing this for next year!! Those potion books turned out AMAZING!!
    I think I’ll make mine more of a Harry Potter-ish vibe. 🙂 Geeking out.

  112. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 1:05 PM

    So cool and you are so organized….you know,being ready for Halloween 2013 already! ha ha great job, I love saving things from the trash can.

  113. November 15, 2012 / 1:06 PM

    HOLY CWAP this is awesome! How have I never thought of that? Good thing my box-o-Halloween decorations is still sitting out…

  114. November 15, 2012 / 1:06 PM

    HOLY CWAP this is awesome! How have I never thought of that? Good thing my box-o-Halloween decorations is still sitting out…

  115. Tiffany
    November 15, 2012 / 1:10 PM

    Love Home Depot… here’s hoping I win!

  116. November 15, 2012 / 1:17 PM

    You did awesome! Those look friggin amazing! I would totally buy those if I saw them in a store somewhere, but now I can make them!!! Yay!

  117. November 15, 2012 / 1:18 PM

    Yay for a giveaway!!!

    Very cool and scary books!

  118. November 15, 2012 / 1:31 PM

    Love the book idea!!

  119. November 15, 2012 / 1:40 PM

    with all the Halloween stuff highly dicounted right now it’s the perfect time to share your cool recyclings…thanks!

  120. November 15, 2012 / 1:47 PM

    What a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

  121. November 15, 2012 / 2:04 PM

    Tucked aside for nextyear – I always seem to find large old hardbacks at thrift stores that I couldn’t figure out what to do with 🙂

  122. November 15, 2012 / 2:06 PM

    Love them!

  123. Bethany F
    November 15, 2012 / 2:15 PM

    Great project!

  124. November 15, 2012 / 2:20 PM

    THAT just blew my mind! AWESOME!

  125. November 15, 2012 / 2:29 PM

    Love it!

  126. Shantel Holt
    November 15, 2012 / 2:31 PM

    wow love this! i have plenty of ugly old textbooks taking up space on my pretty white built ins to try this with! thanks for the great idea!

  127. April D.
    November 15, 2012 / 2:34 PM

    I could always use a HD giftcard!

  128. November 15, 2012 / 2:34 PM

    very cool

  129. November 15, 2012 / 2:41 PM

    Love these! What a unique way to spook someone for halloween!

  130. November 15, 2012 / 2:41 PM

    I am in love with these! Nicely done!

  131. November 15, 2012 / 2:42 PM

    They are very cool books, thanks

  132. November 15, 2012 / 2:57 PM

    So many projects could benefit from a trip to the Home Depot!

  133. November 15, 2012 / 3:12 PM

    Wow these books look fantastic! Great work!!

  134. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 3:20 PM

    wow! That was some awesome stuff!
    carriesummerlin at yahoo dot com

  135. November 15, 2012 / 3:25 PM

    Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

    -Stacy

  136. November 15, 2012 / 3:32 PM

    holy crap, those are amazing. i’ll take this head start, for sure.

  137. November 15, 2012 / 3:47 PM

    SO creative! I love coming here to find new ways to repurpose stuff! THANKS for Better After!

  138. November 15, 2012 / 3:48 PM

    no way! that’s like the coolest halloween make over ever. man i may even try it for NON halloween related things and just make them because they’re so awesome.

  139. November 15, 2012 / 3:58 PM

    I seriously love these! I’m going to make them. Also…I hope I win!

  140. November 15, 2012 / 4:05 PM

    I love the Home Depot, like on a firstnamebasis love Home Depot. Thanks. And….I love those books, totally doing that next year.

  141. November 15, 2012 / 4:07 PM

    Oh my gosh! This is the coolest ever. I was going to make some old school paper covers like this for Halloween decorations, but this is so much cooler! Dang it. Why, why can I not find any dumpster bound textbooks?

  142. November 15, 2012 / 4:07 PM

    Oh my gosh! This is the coolest ever. I was going to make some old school paper covers like this for Halloween decorations, but this is so much cooler! Dang it. Why, why can I not find any dumpster bound textbooks?

  143. November 15, 2012 / 4:08 PM

    Love the spooky books!

  144. Koliti
    November 15, 2012 / 4:19 PM

    Freakin’ cool transformation!
    You are a creative genius!

  145. November 15, 2012 / 4:21 PM

    I love this blog, love the books, and love home depot!

  146. November 15, 2012 / 4:22 PM

    I love this blog, love the books, and love home depot!

  147. November 15, 2012 / 4:27 PM

    Those books look incredible!! You have a great blog!

  148. November 15, 2012 / 4:33 PM

    This techniques could work on soooo many projects. I’m thinking frames little hinged boxes. Thanks for the giveaway. Jo @ Let’s face the Music

  149. November 15, 2012 / 4:41 PM

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  150. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 4:46 PM

    Thanks for the chance!

    Kristina A
    janhanderatyahoodotcom

  151. November 15, 2012 / 4:57 PM

    These look amazing

  152. November 15, 2012 / 4:57 PM

    I wonder if I could do that with snowflakes or Christmas trees!??

  153. November 15, 2012 / 5:05 PM

    What a creative idea..>I haven’t seen this one yet. Love it. casidyanne at hot mail dot com

  154. November 15, 2012 / 5:09 PM

    Absolutely fantastic! I love reusing old books!

  155. November 15, 2012 / 5:28 PM

    Wow, those books are awesome!!

  156. November 15, 2012 / 5:28 PM

    What a fun giveaway!

  157. November 15, 2012 / 5:30 PM

    Wow…I love those books! I’ll have to remember them for next year…

  158. November 15, 2012 / 5:44 PM

    OMG – these are fantastic! One is better than the next – you are super talented! SO thinking how to do these for a Christmas carol edition. A nice one – not a creepy one! 🙂

  159. November 15, 2012 / 5:57 PM

    Those look great! Very creative.

  160. November 15, 2012 / 6:03 PM

    You are so creative! Thanks for the giveaway!

  161. November 15, 2012 / 6:30 PM

    love this blog! great inspiration!

  162. November 15, 2012 / 6:45 PM

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  163. Marjorie T.
    November 15, 2012 / 7:09 PM

    Great book project & giveaway!

  164. November 15, 2012 / 7:17 PM

    🙂 Would be awesome to win it 🙂

  165. November 15, 2012 / 7:23 PM

    oh home depot…. where i always find things i never knew i needed 🙂

  166. November 15, 2012 / 7:28 PM

    Those are awesome!! A good idea for my outdated technical manuals 🙂

  167. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 7:33 PM

    I can’t even think about a christmas tree yet. Where does the time go. Thanks for the giveaway. I just love your blog. lharring at umich dot edu.

  168. Christina
    November 15, 2012 / 7:53 PM

    I love what you did with the books!

  169. November 15, 2012 / 8:20 PM

    A $50 giftcard to my favorite store? Sign me up! Random.org…please randomly choose me.

  170. November 15, 2012 / 9:08 PM

    Your project is fantastic!
    THANK YOU FOR THE GIVEWAY!!!

    osullivanrobin1 at gmail dot com

  171. November 15, 2012 / 9:08 PM

    I can think of a lot of things I could do with $50!

  172. November 15, 2012 / 9:17 PM

    Those look absolutely amazing. Something tells me mine would looks so good.

  173. November 15, 2012 / 9:24 PM

    Wow, love those books. Now for me to find some to Halloweenize!

  174. November 15, 2012 / 9:28 PM

    I LOVE the books! What a cool idea – I think I will definitely have to do this next year. Also, I didn’t know that you were here in the valley too — always nice to find that someone’s blog you read is local!!

  175. November 15, 2012 / 9:29 PM

    I LOVE the books! What a cool idea – I think I will definitely have to do this next year. Also, I didn’t know that you were here in the valley too — always nice to find that someone’s blog you read is local!!

  176. November 15, 2012 / 9:45 PM

    So cool!

  177. Bianca Branch
    November 15, 2012 / 9:46 PM

    Awesome! Great giveaway

  178. November 15, 2012 / 10:02 PM

    Your books turned out awesome! I am pinning to remember to try next year! Speaking of awesome, so is your giveaway! I love me the big orange HD!

  179. November 15, 2012 / 10:24 PM

    I love Home Depot at the holidays!

  180. November 15, 2012 / 10:54 PM

    Totally in love with these. We do a major haunted house and I think I need to do these,

  181. November 15, 2012 / 10:54 PM

    I don’t decorate for Halloween but these are so cool! I’m wracking my brain for an idea of using this method for another holiday …any ideas? If you do it again in another theme please show it.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

  182. November 15, 2012 / 10:54 PM

    Very cool. Great idea! Will use next year for sure.

    Stephanie

  183. November 15, 2012 / 11:49 PM

    booyah! enter me to win. :))

    erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

  184. November 15, 2012 / 11:56 PM

    oh my!! i just LOVE this. you can post holidays “early” all the time.

  185. November 16, 2012 / 1:16 AM

    This is an AWESOME idea! Love it!

  186. November 16, 2012 / 1:21 AM

    I love the home Depot and your blog!

  187. Holly
    November 16, 2012 / 1:33 AM

    Fun Fun!

  188. November 16, 2012 / 2:14 AM

    I’m cool so I am leaving a comment! : )

  189. November 16, 2012 / 2:18 AM

    How neat… a great idea.

  190. November 16, 2012 / 3:11 AM

    Awesome Project!

  191. November 16, 2012 / 3:12 AM

    Awesome Project!

  192. November 16, 2012 / 3:34 AM

    Wow. Now I seriously want to redo all of my books. Wouldn’t mind winning the gift card, either. Thank you!

  193. Penny
    November 16, 2012 / 4:01 AM

    These are great! I’m so glad you gave directions, I was wondering how you did them!

  194. November 16, 2012 / 4:03 AM

    Amazing job!!!

  195. Elyse
    November 16, 2012 / 4:13 AM

    These.Are.So.Cool! They turned out so wonderful. I will be sure to give it a shot next year. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Always nice to add a little something different to the bookshelf.

  196. Tawnya H.
    November 16, 2012 / 5:25 AM

    I just love this blog! Great tutorial!

  197. November 16, 2012 / 5:31 AM

    AWESOME!

  198. November 16, 2012 / 5:32 AM

    AWESOME!

  199. November 16, 2012 / 5:57 AM

    Could really use a win right now !

  200. November 16, 2012 / 6:26 AM

    Okay those books are freaking awesome! Gotta start collecting some books for next year now.

  201. November 16, 2012 / 7:00 AM

    AMAZING idea!! I’m a fairly new reader of your blog but I absolutely adore everyhting that is posted!! AWESOME ideas allll the time!! Thank you!

  202. November 16, 2012 / 7:23 AM

    this looks so amazing! I haven’t ever seen anything like it.

  203. November 16, 2012 / 12:50 PM

    Love these books, it’s such a great idea!

  204. November 16, 2012 / 1:41 PM

    The Halloween books are awesome! Great job and thanks for the giveaway.

  205. November 16, 2012 / 3:23 PM

    I could always use more stuff from Home Depot! Brilliant use of useless plastic nothingness, by the way! I always just toss those kinds of things into the trash!

  206. November 16, 2012 / 3:51 PM

    those books look amazing!

  207. November 16, 2012 / 5:08 PM

    Perfect for the ongoing projects in our new home!!

  208. November 16, 2012 / 5:13 PM

    these are SO creative! Lovbe them and your site!!

  209. November 16, 2012 / 5:51 PM

    i love the projects!

  210. November 16, 2012 / 5:55 PM

    I love Home Depot. you are really creative.
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

  211. November 16, 2012 / 8:04 PM

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  212. November 16, 2012 / 9:08 PM

    Thank you!

  213. November 16, 2012 / 9:14 PM

    Those look really sweet! Awesome job!

  214. Heidi
    November 16, 2012 / 9:38 PM

    These books are amazing, you should sell them on Etsy!

  215. November 16, 2012 / 10:57 PM

    Great giveaway! The books are so cool!

  216. November 16, 2012 / 11:13 PM

    Sweet! Thanks!!!

  217. November 17, 2012 / 2:51 AM

    Love the books! and its a great giveaway, too!

  218. November 17, 2012 / 3:50 AM

    would love to win this for my husband he would just love it thanks so much for the chance.

    sethandtjay@yahoo.com

  219. November 17, 2012 / 5:12 AM

    This is SUCH a cool project! I am so glad I haven’t thrown away any of the cheap toys we have collected from Halloween’s past! Thanks tons.

  220. November 18, 2012 / 4:27 AM

    Those look amazing!

  221. October 2, 2013 / 8:54 AM

    Awesome idea! I just made 4 “books” using your method. Used an empty dish detergent box in addition to a phone book and 2 Goodwill found books. Thanks!

  222. Heather e
    October 24, 2013 / 2:23 PM

    I half way made one of these last night and had a few questions.
    1. Do u have any tips on how to get to the detail u got out of the skeleton. I had a hard time getting the paper towel to stick and stay. I don’t know if I used to much or to little mod podge, or if the paper towel was to wet. I used a bounty paper towel and tryed putting the mod podge over the top and underneath first. 2 did yours take a really long time to make?

  223. October 24, 2013 / 3:38 PM

    Hi Heather!
    To get the most detail out of the skeleton, it’s best to have a stiff paintbrush to really jab the paper towel in. I try to use the bristly types. I’ve made these several times since, just did a few with my sister the other day in fact, and it didn’t take us very long at all. You could be using too much mod podge, which would make the paper towel less able to stick and harder to work with. Try using less, or giving it a little more time to dry so it becomes tacky. I just dampened my paper towel and squeezed all the water out, so it wasn’t dripping wet or anything, then mod podged underneath and over the top too. Hope that helps! Good luck!

  224. ruth
    November 1, 2013 / 7:20 PM

    I’m going to try this for a Kindle cover.

  225. Papi
    January 14, 2014 / 6:58 PM

    I’d LOVE to see this done in video. I have a large collection of RPG books that this would look great on, but I need to see it happen to learn it.

  226. Debi
    May 21, 2014 / 9:02 PM

    This has got to be, by far, my most re-pinned pin. Great job.

  227. deb wible
    September 18, 2014 / 4:17 PM

    Theses are wonderful great job! I have been seeing theses in stores @ a ridiculous price. Theses are so much nicer & I can do! Thanks for sharing!

  228. Juli B.
    October 1, 2014 / 9:46 AM

    Thank you for this tutorial! I made my first book and it looks great. There were some mistakes along the way: I forgot to dampen the paper towel, used more Mod Podge than I should have, and all I had to work with were sponge brushes b/c I misplaced my bristled ones. But I was able to recover from those mishaps and am pretty happy with the results:
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t31.0-8/10551468_10152894782743054_6172452190426134328_o.jpg

  229. October 2, 2014 / 11:55 AM

    I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it with me Juli! Looks fantastic! I love the font you used for the lettering too. Just perfect. 🙂

  230. jenn
    October 3, 2014 / 9:22 PM

    I made these as gifts, but had real recipes wrote in them some my daughters can cherish other then on just Halloween … Used hard cover spiral notebooks..

  231. September 11, 2015 / 9:16 PM

    If these were made with a thicker book, you could make them into hidden box books by gluing the pages together and then cuttung out the inside. Great job on these! Thank you for sharing!!

  232. Wendy
    December 4, 2017 / 9:15 AM

    Thanks! I used this process to make a guest book for our daughter’s Halloween wedding and it really was scary at the “paint it black” step but turned out grand! If you email me, I’ll send the photo!

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