Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Spell"binding Craft

Well, with Halloween fast-approaching it only seemed right to have my first tutorial be Halloween-related.  I was very happy with the results and it only cost $2! 

First, I got this old 1958 dictionary from the thrift store.  It's all tattered and perfect!

I wanted it to look like old fabric covering so it so I flattened out a paper bag.

Crumpled it up and spread it back out (sorry for the blurry picture).

Then I covered the book with some Elmer's glue.  I also covered the pages in aluminum foil so it wouldn't get spray paint on it.

Used my Cricut to cut out "SPELLS" on contact paper.

Can't forget the side!

Sprayed with trusty .98 black spray paint and peeled off the letters

Perfect! (well as perfect as my crafts get)

Thanks for stopping by and please check back soon!


  1. I love decorating for Halloween and I have to do this "Spells Book". I hadn't thought of this. Thanks for sharing! I will go to Goodwill today to get a book. This will be fun!

  2. LOVE this!!!! found you @ Show and Tell Saturday:)

    Kat @

  3. I love the Spells book!!!

    And great idea covering the edges with foil...I wouldn't have thought to do that and would done something much harder and irritating to protect the edges. LOL

  4. So cute! What a great idea. Love it!

    I'd love it if you linked up to my weekend link party! Have a great day!

  5. Cute idea! I love old books!

    Stopping by from Show and Tell Saturday!

  6. Thanks everybody for such great feedback on my first post!

  7. so cute! I love the idea of covering the book rather than painting it. Great idea.

    Popping by from Show & Tell Saturday!

  8. ohhh! i love this ...come on over and link up to MMM :)

  9. Emily - this is so fun! I love the look of the crumbled paper - very clever! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party, I have featured this here:

    Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. Great idea! I was just at a garage sale today looking for a good old book - should'a checked you out first!