Spooky Halloween Book DIY

Take your old thrift store books and turn them into creepy and spooky Halloween decor! With a few simple supplies, you can create your own Spooky Halloween book in no time!

I am obsessed with making these Halloween books!! I had no idea how much I would fall in love with them.

Here’s what you’re going to need to make your own:

  • Hardcover book
  • Random assortment of Halloween creepiness
  • String
  • Mod Podge
  • Rhinestones
  • Paper towel
  • Googly eyes
  • Wooden Letters

Plan out your layout before you begin.

Once you know how you want it to look, you can start hot gluing the items onto the cover and spine.

Next you will take a paper and mod podge it onto the cover over your embellishments. MOST paper towels are two ply and so you will want to separate them and only use one ply.

Be generous with the mod podge and work your paper towel into all of the nooks and crannies of the embellishments.

Let dry – this may take a couple hours. If you want to speed up the process, you can use a hair dryer.

Once your piece is completely dry, take some chalk paint or matte finish paint and paint the entire cover.

Let dry completely.

The next step is optional but I did it. I “dry brushed” some white paint onto the raised edges of the embellishments.

Dry brushing is a technique where you get a little it of paint onto your brush and you wipe the majority of it off onto a paper towel and then paint. This will give you a light layer of color. Dry brushing is great for shading!

You can see here where it helps the embellishments stand out a little bit more.

Let dry and you’re ready to display it! This is a project that is great for teens since it can be a little messy.

Grab some Halloween lovers, head to the thrift shop and make some Spooky Halloween books this weekend!

I absolutely love it on my spooky Halloween mantle!

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One Comment

  • Dawn

    I did this using crumpled tissue paper instead of paper towels, and using my finger, highlighted the raised parts with gold paint. Really cute and easy!

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