DIY: Spooky Halloween Books

Last weekend I was lucky to spend some time with my sister and daughter up in Utah.  It was the perfect break from desert life and we were able to be outside experiencing fall and even a little snow!  My sister and I love Halloween so we made sure to add in some fun, festive activities together. We went to Gardner’s Village, where it is all festively decorated with witches.  There were also some Halloween crafting projects and trips to the craft store for decor.  While at Michaels, I saw some ceramic, spooky books for sale.  Since I love a good DIY, I thought these would be perfect to make using old books found at Goodwill.  Follow along to see how to create your own Spooky Halloween Books!  


  • Hardcover books
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Paint Brushes
  • Raised Letter/Shape Stickers
  • Sandpaper: Can be used to rough up book to make it seem more vintage


Gather your supplies.  I looked for books that had older looking pages and were a bit more beat up to give them character.

old hardcover books
© Eclectically K & L 2018

Next, get to work decorating your books.  For the first book, I spray painted the entire outer surface with black paint.  Once that paint dried, I used glue to write out “Potions” on the cover and draw a spider web in the corner.  I had a hard time trying to write letters with hot glue, so I just used craft glue for that.  Another option that would work really well is foam letter stickers.  The craft store has so many varieties available!  Finally I cut out a spider using stiff felt and attached it to the book.  I painted the letters and web using white paint.  I then added a bit of thinned-out gold paint to the rest of the surface to give the book a little more dimension.

Potions book with skull and black roses
© Eclectically K & L 2018

My next book was inspired by the book on Hocus Pocus, one of my must see Hallween movies!  Using regular craft glue I made the snake and stitches and add small pieces of thread.  Using hot glue, I created the eye, corner details, and raised spine details.  To add texture to the cover, I used hot glue to create a thin layer of glue scrapes.

book with glue and stitches
© Eclectically K & L 2018

Once the glue dried, I primed the book with white spray paint.  I then painted the details to best match the book in the movie.  It isn’t a total replica, but I like the way it turned out!

Hocus Pocus insired book
© Eclectically K & L 2018

Put your new spooky Halloween books on display and get ready for the Halloween season!   Tell us what your favorite part about Halloween is in the comments below!

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