This book is so easy and inexpensive to make it’s crazy!
With a glue gun and a little imagination nothing can stop you.
Supplies that I used:
Acrylic paint (black, brown, white and gold)
Glitter nail polish
Preparing the book
- Wad up several sections of the book. Leave some wadded up, others straighten back out. (Image 1)
- Rip out several sections of 10 pages all together. (Image 2)
- Tear pieces of pages and glue them so that they stick out of the book in several locations. (Image 3)
- Tie something, I used a piece of jute, around the book and paint on a very thick layer of white glue. be sure to paint the pages that are sticking out, too. (Image 4)
- Allow to completely dry and remove the jute. If you can open the book you haven’t painted on enough glue, paint on more glue. (Images 5 & 6)
Let’s get started!
You need to do the Tissue Treatment over the outside of the book. While that is drying, read Step 3 and put your shoes on.
Embellishing the book
Go on, let your creative juices flow and worry about cleaning up the mess later! I have listed the things that I used to spookify my book. I’d love to see your book and hear what you used on yours, the options are limitless! 🙂
Image 7, 8, 9, and all the rest…
A – Pieces of burlap that I tore apart and hot glued ON TOP OF the first layer of tissue
B – Glass gem I painted the back with glittery nail polish and hot glued to the book. (or a pupil for or an eye would be cool) I then added tissue around the edges to make it look like it belonged there. For added fun, I painted white glue over the top of it and then scraped part of it off with my fingernail after it dried. It looks really creepy that way, just sayin.
C – Jute that I wrapped around the fluer de lis clasp to make it look more interesting.
D – Foam sheets covered in tissue paper for the clasp
E – Crumpled up tissue paper I covered over for depth.
F – More foam sheets for leather binding, just hot glue them in place and tissue over them!
G – I painted the inside of the gaps black for mystery and intrigue
H – Hot glue that I painted after it cooled off with glitter nail polish, “magic oozing out of the pages” is what I was going for.
I – Glue strings, get as messy as you want and LEAVE THE STRINGS! You’re welcome.
J – A hangman’s noose made of jute because not all spells are nice ones.
K – Yep, a seashell…
L – Sticks out of my yard, from a pine tree if you really need to know 😉
M – A feather… a really cool feather!
N – 1/2 a bug painted black and glued inside a gap in the pages to look like he’s crawling out.
O – A dead flower from my yard, I dipped it in white glue to make it stronger and so it wouldn’t shed. The bonus was that it made it look really creepy!
P – Red wax dripped out of a few gaps in the pages. Yes, I could have used red paint but I really like the texture of the red wax.
Q – That’s a helicopter thingy from a Maple tree. I took a walk in my yard and you should too! In your yard… not mine.
R – That’s a moss covered stick, hard to see here but pretty cool in person!
S – I painted some of the edges of those sticking out pages black and some with a tiny bit of glitter nail polish. Can we really over do this project? I think not.
T – More rope (jute) because I wanted to and at that point no one in their right mind could stop me even with a silver bullet and a crucifix.
U – I slopped some paint on the end of the pages and then dragged it out to give the pages an old, tattered look. -insert evil laugh right here-