Halloween used to be one of my least favorite holidays to celebrate. From people dressing up in super scary costumes to all of the sugar comas experienced - I was just never a fan. But I've learned to appreciate all of the fun that is to be had during Halloween. With October on the cusp, it's now a perfect time to start decorating the house with pumpkins, goblins, candy, scarecrows, and DIY Spell books.
I first started my shopping with by getting some large variety bags of Hershey's candy from Walmart. Then I was on the hunt for some good books to turn into my spooky DIY spell books.
There is something to be said about the scent and feeling of picking up an old book. I've never been one to appreciate reading books electronically - I'm a paperback book fan all the way. So gather some old books or pick some up from the thrift store and let's get to decorating.
What you will need:
- light colored cardstock
- craft glue and brush
- brown craft paint
- sponge or paper towel
- old books; paperback or hardcover
(2) Next is antiquing the books with some brown paint. Use a wet paper towel or sponge to dip into the brown paint then smear onto the book edges. This will give the books a natural aged appearance.
(3) Create spell book covers or use my free printables. This is where you can get really creative or even customize the books with your family names on the cover, perhaps as the author. You can find all three of these covers to print off for yourself by following these links;
(4) After printing out the covers, you will want to distress them by crumbling. Just roll the cardstock into a ball then flatten out. This will help make your covers look aged and used.
(5) Using the craft glue, brush the back of each piece of cardstock and the book covers then press cardstock firmly into place.
(6) Once craft glue has dried, you can distress the books one last time. Using the same wet sponge or paper towel and brown craft paint, wipe any areas that you want to look aged. I went directly over the cover and a little heavier on any corners. Feel free to make your spell books as dingy and dirty as you want.
(7) Display your spell books on a shelf, laid out on a coffee table, or alongside some candy.
I currently have my books displayed on a coffee table with a big bowl of candy next to it. I grew up with dishes of candy all throughout the house. Most of the time my sister and I just ignored the candy that was sitting directly in our faces each day. Now I only keep candy in the house for special occasions, or cravings. These large variety bags of Hershey's candy from Walmart are perfect for Halloween. I'll have enough to set out on a table and extra to pass out on Halloween.
What's your favorite type of Halloween candy?
When do you start decorating for Halloween?