Saturday, October 25, 2014

'Hocus Pocus' books & spells

Our family loves the movie 'Hocus Pocus', and I've always wanted my own spell books. Try as I might, calling out "BBBoooooOOOOKK" did not work. 

This year I decided to take matters into my own hands. So on a Saturday afternoon, with Pandora Halloween music playing, my friend and I set to work. We got 6 hardbound books free from a local exchange. 
Then we gathered other supplies:

  • hot glue gun with lots of glue
  • aluminum foil
  • printer paper or any other paper
  • small piece of fabric (2" x 3")
  • acrylic paint (black, white, orange, and brown)
  • duct tape
  • modge podge
  • Sponge brushes/ make-up sponges
  • simple Halloween shapes (ex. spiders, skull and cross bones, etc)

Instructions for the Eye Book:
  1. Form a one inch ball of foil
  2. Spot glue onto book front about 1/3 the way down and towards the right side of the book cover
  3. Lay fabric piece over foil and duct tape down
  4. Use hot glue gun to create wrinkles and eyelid lines around eye and seams on book. Let glue cool until hard.
  5. Once finished with hot glue, paint over book cover with modge podge. 
  6. Apply torn paper pieces to wet modge podge then paint over paper layer with modge podge
  7. Mix brown paint 1 to 4 with modge podge on a paper plate. Paint mixture over entire book cover. Allow to dry
  8. Using sponge brush and orange paint tap brush lightly in orange paint, then tap lightly to center areas between scars and seams. Allow to dry.
  9. Using sponge brush or make-up sponge shade seams by dabbing on black or dark brown paint until desired effect is reached
  10. With a small brush, paint eye
  11. Shade the edges of the book with black and brown paint dabbed on

For other books, use a glue gun to add any raised designs to book cover. Then paint on a layer of modge podge. Smooth foil over entire book cover while modge podge is still wet. Allow to dry. Follow painting procedure as with Eye Book. 

We made 6 books for about $3 each.

My BBBBOOOOOOOKKKKKK finally came home!

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