Hello, my name is Sue and I’m a hoarder! (Not the first time I’ve said those words!) And never is my problem more apparent than when we’re moving house. I can’t help it! The thing is, practically everything is in the firing line for The Witch at OneandSeventy treatment! A hardback book I’ll never read again, for instance, makes an excellent Faux Halloween Spell Book Prop.
And I have a few!
The great thing about using old books to create… well, an old book is *ahem* it’s old.
No shit Sherlock.
What I mean is it saves you a heap of time making the pages look old, because age has already done the job for you. You can crack straight on with making the prop.
How to create a faux Halloween Spell Book
I specifically designed this book to remain permanently open, so it can be used as the central feature of a Halloween display.
Or a year-round home accessory for those of us who live and breathe Halloween 365!
To get the pages to stay open, I first lightly spritzed all the pages with water – just enough to dampen them.
Then I went through with PVA and glued together a load of pages. It’s a little time-consuming, but an important step. You don’t want someone settling in to read the pages of your old romance novel when it’s supposed to be a Witch’s tome!
Now it has to be said that not ALL of the pages are stuck together. If someone really wanted to read a few pages of that romance novel, I suppose they could! But I found that leaving some of the pages unglued added more bulk and helped create that all-important “curve” of an open book. You could, if you so desired, glue down some more after the pages are dry but quite honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary.
While the pages were still wet, I curled up the corners by gently bending them, before creating the curve. To do this, I opened the book roughly in the middle, positioned each half as I wanted it to look and kept the curve in place with paperweights.
We’re lucky enough to have a range oven here at OneandSeventy, so I stuck the book in the warming side for a few hours. When the book came out of the oven, it was fully dry and laid open nicely, looking for all the world as if it’d been lying in that position for years.
While the book was drying, I went to work designing the spell pages in Photoshop. As it turned out, I saved even more time by recycling the pages of my Handmade Spell Book. All they needed was resizing and a little tweaking.
Before gluing them into the faux spell book, I aged the spell pages with tea to help blend them in with the rest of the pages and attacked the page edges with “Vintage Photo” distress ink by Tim Holtz.
To finish off, I glued a black ribbon down the centre of the spell pages to simulate a bookmark.
I absolutely love this piece and its been living in the OneandSeventy dining room since I made it. What do you think? Is this something you’d like to add to your Halloween decorations? As always, drop a comment to let me know.
Perhaps you’d love a Faux Halloween Spell Book prop, but don’t want to make it yourself? You’re in luck!
I’m going to be making more with all those books I’ve been hoarding, so if you’d like one, get in touch! I’ve had to remove the contact form on the blog due to the sheer amount of junk email, but I am easily reached on Instagram and Facebook, so drop me a line there.
A hui hou,