Hocus Pocus is one of our all time favorite Halloween movies. This year, for a neighborhood block party, we’re creating lots of decor to go with the movie theme. This DIY Hocus Pocus Book of Spells was a fun project to put together.
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DIY Hocus Pocus Book of Spells
I’m enjoying creating items to use for the block party that go along with the movie, like this drink serving tray. I’ve got a few more projects that I’ll be sharing over the next week or so.
Supplies Used for DIY Spell Book
- Thrift Store Find Book
- Assortment of Paints
- Paint Sponges and Spouncer
- Old Leather Belt and Buckle
- Strings of Silver Beads
- Old Silver Bangle Bracelet
- Small Beaded Floral Stem
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Black Ribbon
- Halloween Eye
- Wire Cutters
I went to my local Goodwill to find a book that would work for this project. I would have liked to have found one that was larger, but the one I found was large enough and it was quite thick. I found the eyes and strands of silver beads at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft on sale. I couldn’t find any toy snakes to use, so I thought I would try to use some plastic worms. Those didn’t work out because I couldn’t get any paint to adhere to them. I decided to use the strands of beads for the snakes instead.
How to Make a DIY Hocus Pocus Inspired Book of Spells
- Select a large, thick hard back book
- Add one coat of light colored chalk paint as a base coat using a foam sponge brush
- Allow paint to get semi-dry
- Add one coat of burnt orange paint using another foam sponge brush
- It’s okay for some of the base coat to show through – you want the paint to blend together to appear to show age
- Allow paint to dry
- Add one coat of metallic brown paint using a spouncer
- Put lots of paint on the spouncer to
- Press the paint from the spouncer to leave a texture
- While the brown paint is still wet, add dots of rose gold metallic paint using a spouncer
- Press down to blend the rose gold paint with the brown paint
- Allow paint to dry
Using a foam sponge brush, I painted the edges of the book pages using the burnt orange paint and removed the yellow ribbon marker from the book. That was replaced with black ribbon that’s glued inside the binding.
Adding Embellishments to Book of Spells Cover
I had an old leather belt that has seen better days and used it for the book’s embellishments.
- Cut a strip of leather from the belt
- Paint it with gray paint and allow it to dry
- Use hot glue to attach it to the book
- Use a stand of silver beads and position it to mimic the look of a snake
- Glue the beads in place with hot glue
To add more texture to the front of the book, I pulled parts of the leather from the belt and glued them in place. I used the belt buckle and a piece of an old bracelet that I cut with wire cutters as the book lock. The eye is glued as well.
The other strand of beads is coiled to look like a snake and glued to the front corner of the book. To mimic the head of the snake, I cut the tip from a small floral stem.
For the top corner, I glued together three bracelet loops and added another floral stem tip. While it was a challenge to find items to use for the snakes, it was also kind of fun to get creative.
I’ve had this wooden candle holder for a while. It’s one of those thrift store purchases that I bought without a clear intention about what I would do with it. It’s a good height to use as the base for holding the book of spells. I used wood glue to attach the book to the candle holder.
While my DIY Spell Book didn’t turn out the way I had first envisioned, it’s just cute enough and a tacky enough to be a fun addition to our Hocus Pocus party!
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DIY Hocus Pocus Book of Spells
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