Those that know me in real life, know that I love Halloween and I especially love Halloween DIY projects. I was perusing my Halloween Board on Pinterest recently and decided that I really wanted to create some Altered Halloween Books.
In a nutshell, you upcycle a used book with rubber halloween-ish type doodads and puffy letters. I went to Goodwill Outlet near my office where they sell books at 69 cents a pound. I very quickly grabbed 6 books that felt like they had the right shape. I didn’t look at titles, just based it on their age and shape. One old book grabbed my attention and when I got home and ready to craft…….I learned it was The Great Gatsby. I decided NOT to upcycle that one. I mean really, how can you? It’s residing peacefully on my bookshelf.
All of the lettering and spooky stuff gets hot glued to the book. The thumbtacks in the corner of my book were easily pressed in and then hammered to be sure it wouldn’t budge. The spider was the most difficult part since it doesn’t lay flat. I really didn’t think this was going to turn out all that great because of it. Anyway, we placed a paper towel over the entire top and using a wet paintbrush, brushed the paper towel into place. Then did the other side. The instructions I had said to lay a wet towel over the book but I found that way more difficult than what we chose to do. After that, Modge Podge was applied and allowed to dry. Then we painted it all black. Then we accented it with copper metallic paint and gold metallic paint. It really did turn out fantastic!
Not sure what will be next. Maybe something involving candle holders. Or I might hold off and not add anything to my already busy repertoire. What I do know is that I will make more books and probably offer them on my Etsy shop.