They are so fun to make, and way easier than they look.
You will need:
- old books
- paper towels
- small plastic Halloween paraphernalia, spiders, skeletons, etc.
- letters: either scrapbook stickers, foam letters, cardstock cutouts, whathaveyou
- hot glue gun
- Glue n’ Seal
- black craft paint
- metallic craft paint or Rub n’ Buff
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 last year at Wal-Mart, they just came in a large bag of novelty toys, but I haven’t seen them this year. Something similar to these toys would work too.
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 it right 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 mod podge 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.
Last year I had a little craft party with my friends, and we made tons of these books, and it was so much messy fun.
(The spiderweb on the “Spells” book was made with hot glue. Just sketch out a web shape, then run a line of hot glue over it).
This year, my friend Alicia figured that the technique would probably work on glass bottles too, and she was right! It works great!
Follow the steps above, slap on a spooky label, and you’re the Queen of Halloween and the envy of all your friends.Here are a few others from Alicia:
If you make some too, I would love to see pics of your work!
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