A Spooky Spell Book DIY

Create your own Hocus Pocus Inspired Spell Book

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Hello and happy October! I know it’s been awhile, summer got away from me and while I was still active over on Facebook and Instagram, finding time to write blog posts while the kids were home was hard and also the last thing on my mind. One of my favorite excuses for a blog post is when I get to join up with other bloggers or crafters and share not only one of my ideas with you, but also to share the creative ideas of these fabulous women. So I’m so happy to tell you that a couple of blogger friends and I are going to share some Halloween DIYs with you. I’ll share mine below, and then I will tell you how to find their creative and spooky projects.

Anyone who knows me knows that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And one of my favorite movies, which is on repeat this time of year, is Hocus Pocus. I decided to do a spin on the Spell Book from the movie. I’m going to show you how to do this version but you can do any kind of spin on this book and I’ll give you some ideas down below. This is also a pretty inexpensive DIY, but due to the gluing it does take some drying time in between steps. Its kind of a project where you do one part and then you can walk away and come back when you have time to do the next step.

I bought the book at goodwill for a dollar and the eyeball at Michaels for $2. The rest of supplies I had at home. So let’s get started!


what you need


  • Book

  • Fake eyeball (I found mine at Michaels)

  • Brown paper bags - the lunch bags are thinner so it makes it easier to add some of the touches

  • Glue

  • Water

  • Packing or strong tape

  • Sponge (or you can use your fingers)

  • Sharpie or black marker

  • Brown colored pencil or crayon

  • Spray bottle of water (to spray pages)

  • Blade to cut


what you do


  1. Cut hole in book cover with knife and continue to cut hole into pages, creating a well, so eye can sink into hole.

  2. Mix glue and water, creating a water glue mixture. I used a 3:1 water-glue ratio. I used about 6 T water and 2 T glue and it was enough for this project. The idea is to have really runny glue, so adjust if you need to.

  3. Tear strips off the lunch bags into pieces, small or large is up to you. (hint: its easier if you go bigger!) With sponge, start to cover book with paper and cover with the glue mixture using a paper mache technique. I did the bottom of the book, (wrapping under the edges) and spine first. Let dry (usually an hour is fine).

  4. Cut bottom off lunch bag. Position bottom of bag in cut hole. You can open up the book and pull it through the hole and secure with some packing tape. This creates a pocket and becomes the eyelid for the fake eyeball.

  5. Insert eyeball in pocket, and then continue to lay paper strips over front of book. Form eyelid and secure with the glue mixture until eyelid is formed (if you want to use some tape to hold down you can, just cover the tape up with the paper strips). Cover the eyelid with the glue too so the paper takes on the same stiff effect. Let dry.

  6. For the raised stitches, tear long strips of the lunch bag and twist. Place on book and saturate with glue mixture. Let dry.

  7. With Sharpie or black marker, draw small lines over raised stitches. if you want more color definition on the stitches, you can add white or yellow too. You can also use the sharpie around the eyelid to create some definition.

  8. To make pages look weathered, spray water around outside of pages and let dry. The pages kind of expand to make the book look thicker and the pages older. Then take a brown colored pencil or crayon and make lines on pages and shade in to blend.

Here are some pictures to help you visualize the process.

Cut hole into book so eye sinks in

Cut hole into book so eye sinks in

Mix glue and water to make a water glue mixture

Mix glue and water to make a water glue mixture

Tear up pieces of bag and cover with glue water mixture, using sponge to smooth it

Tear up pieces of bag and cover with glue water mixture, using sponge to smooth it

Cut bottom off bag to put in hole of book

Cut bottom off bag to put in hole of book

On front of book, shape eyelid from bottom of bag and lay pieces of bag over to keep in place

On front of book, shape eyelid from bottom of bag and lay pieces of bag over to keep in place

Keep covering and cover with coating of water glue mixture

Keep covering and cover with coating of water glue mixture

Twisted paper applied to create raised stitches

Twisted paper applied to create raised stitches

Mark lines over raised stitches

Mark lines over raised stitches

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That’s it! Its your very own Hocus Pocus Spell book. You can embellish with rubber snakes like the original, but I stopped after the stitches because I liked how it looked.

There are other ideas I have for a spooky spell book, as this one is a Hocus Pocus spin and it may not be fitting for your kiddos or your decor.

  • Paint book black and affix spiders or rubber snakes

  • Paint white and attach gauze, can use eye and make it a mummy book

  • Do same technique above without eye but use letters and spell out Spell Book

Now I’m going to give you the links to hop on over to Kayleigh and Dani’s blogs so you can see their fabulous Halloween DIYs. Thanks for stopping by and Happy October!

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Dani - The Taborhood

Dani created a beautiful Jack O Lantern plant stand. Go see it here

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Kayleigh - Rusty Barn Blog

Kayleigh created cute little clothespin bats. Go check them out here