DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft

Are you a fan of fairy tales? I’m not talking fluffy unicorns here. On no. The true origins of fairy tales are often much darker and way more macabre than Disney would have you believe.

I mean, who cuts off their toes to fit into a pair of shoes to attract a prince?

Now I love me a nice pair of Choos, but that’s just taking things a step too far!

In recent years, it seems the fairy tales we remember from childhood have had a bit of a makeover. Although toe severing has been kept to a strict minimum, it does feel like some of the latest films have a darker twist to them.

Did someone mention Maleficent?

DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft

I doubt my somewhat alternative take on a Fairy Tales book would make the Disney cutting room floor, but it makes a fantastic addition to any witch’s oddities collection.

The cover is fairly innocuous, but inside lies a macabre surprise.

Mummified Fairy Book Display

DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft

You may remember I made some mummified fairies, after discovering a great Halloween prop maker on YouTube. Well, I had some left over and during one of my (many) trips to Homesense, I happened across a couple of faux books. You know the type – boxes that look like books, with some cutesy “story of Bees and Butterflies” on the front. 

Originally, I planned to use them for Grimoires, but I ended up turning one into an Apothecary Book (coming soon!) and the other was a perfect fit for one of those fairies.

And it didn’t take very long to make at all.

How to display your Mummified Fairy

DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft

First, I created an “aged leather” look to the front cover, with the technique I used in my spell books here and here.

Then I painted a Bare Basics frame from The Works and backed it with regular printer paper that I aged with my trusty “teabag” method.

The title was designed and cut on the Cricut from Adhesive Metal Effect Sheets, also from The Range.

DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft

If you’d like to make this project yourself, or you have another use for this title, feel free to click on the image above to download a png file that you can either print and cut with scissors, or upload to use on your Cricut.

After knocking up a specimen label on the computer for the inside front cover, I turned my attention to making a cushion for the fairy. There’s nothing fancy or technical about this one! It’s just cotton wool covered with a piece of fabric and lace, then glued into position.

DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft


If you want to go even darker, why not try black velvet? Oooh lush! Velvet can be expensive, but keep an eye on your charity shops for velvet clothes. It’s what I used for the pillow in my coffin as well as the inside of the Harry Potter magic box.

My original mummified fairies have huge wings, which would have required a generous amount of careful coaxing to fit into the box. So I decided to go the easy route and make a pair of “butterfly” wings for this one from acetate.

This is easily done with scissors and if you don’t have acetate, you can use plastic packaging (yay for recycling!) Of course, I cut mine on the Cricut because I’m a lazy cow and well… If you have the machine, why not?

DIY Dark Fairy Tales Book #HalloweenDecorations #OdditiesandCuriosities #HalloweenCraft

A couple of pins to hold the fairy in place and there you have it. Your very own dark Fairy Tale Book. If you want to make it a bit more permanent, a little blob of glue on the fairy’s spine will help keep him or her in place while you proudly display your curious creation.

What do you think? Is this a project you think you might have a crack at? Of course, you’ll need a mummified fairy, but they’re fun and easy to make. But if you’d rather not go to all the effort, you know someone who can make one for you! *wink*

I hope you enjoyed this project. As always, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below to let me know, or drop by Instagram or the Facebook Page for a chat.

A hui hou,

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