Tuesday, September 18, 2012

DIY Spellbooks

DIY Spellbook Tutorial:
Make a frame for each book.
Largest:
Frame:7.5"x11.5"
Cover:(2) pieces:8"X12"
Spine:12"x1.75"

Middle:
Frame:7.75"x10.5"
Cover:(2) pieces:8"X11"
Spine:11"x1.75"

Smallest:
Frame:7"x7.5"
Cover:(2) pieces:7.25"X8"
Spine:8"x1.75"

Glue the front and back covers onto the frame with Liquid Nails.
Make sure the frame and covers line up with the spine part of the book. The other three sides should have a .25" lip over the frame.
Clamp the book pieces together until the glue is dry.
Next, glue the spines onto the books. If there is an overhang, you may need to trim the extra off. Let the spine portion dry.
Paint the books black.
Paint the wood frame a cream color.
Next, to add what looks like pages, paint some brown streaks on the frame and brush around.
I designed the stencils using my SCAL program. Instead of cutting the stencils out of paper, I used vinyl, so they would stick to my books and I would not get as much paint leakage.

Fonts:
Potions: yataghan
Spells: mesquite std
Hexes: Alice in Wonderland
Brews: American Typewriter
After the stencil is stuck to each book, use gold paint and stencil the words on.
Let the paint dry. Lastly, spray a protective gloss coat over each book.
Display!!

15 comments:

Diane @ The Checkered Apple said...

These are really cool!

MaryBerry Boutique said...

Very cool! I need to make me some of these!
Mary

courtney wightman said...

these are so cute! i love them!

Mimi said...

Love, love, love these!! You're so creative.

Jeannine said...

These are so fun for Halloween! I just love em!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

jimi said...

Jessica, They look GREAT!! Love 'em!

Val @ Home Made Modern said...

What a fun idea! Coming over from the Hookin' Up With HoH party...thanks for sharing!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

These are great! Visiting from HoH.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

How cool is that!? Love it. I hope you'll link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/09/2012-wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas.html

Becca @ The Sassy Penguin said...

How cool! I love that you made them instead of using existing books. They look so real.

Crystelle Boutique said...

These books are ART!!!!
Way creepy for Halloween!

Crystelle
http://www.crystelleboutique.com/

Vel Criste said...

this is too cool! Thanks for sharing!

Linking back from 504 Main

Maria Matter said...

brilliant idea & great tutorial Jessica!!
I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thanks so much for linking up!!

lizy b said...

I love these! I'd be so tempted to slip them into by bookcase for the rest of the year. Just to see if anyone noticed!

Candie@Craftbaby.com said...

Love these books! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby's Halloween Decor Challenge! :)

http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/32/halloween-decor