How to Make a Witch Spell Book Tutorial

How to make a witch spell book prop

I wanted a witch's spell book prop as a decoration for a large display unit but I didn't want to spend too much time making one because I've got lots of other decorations to work on too. So I came up with this quick design which doesn't take hours to make if you ignore the time needed to dry thick coats of paint and glitter.  

Grab yourself a hard cover notebook or unwanted reading book that you can use to turn into a feature piece to sit on a shelf, book case or a stand where it can be admired and appreciated. My DIY spell book really picks up the light in the evening and the glitter and tiny little sequins really sparkle and shine. This works with a witch, wizard or fantasy theme such as Harry Potter and is a fun craft. 

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How to Make a Witch's Spell Book: What You Need

  • An old and unwanted hard cover notebook or reading book
  • Glue gun or adhesive to stick twine/cord to paper
  • Twine or cord about 3-5 mm thick
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of color for book cover
  • Glitter glue with fine nozzle for application
  • Additional choice of enhancements: sequins, glues, glitter powders, beads
  • Scissors and pen/pencil
Note: glue guns are for adult use only. Kids can use adhesive such as Elmer's School Glue which is washable and non-toxic or any other brand of non-toxic white PVA glue.

DIY Witch Spell Book Instructions with Photos

Sharpie pen and hard cover notebook

Draw out a rough design on the front of your book

Step 1: Draw a rough design out onto the front cover of your book. I drew a simple spiderweb design in the top corner leading down to the wording "Spells" across the bottom. You could write "Book of Spells" across the cover if you just want text. You can always use a word processing program on a computer to print some fancy looking font out to stick over your book cover if you don't like your own handwriting.

Hot glue gun and twine on a book cover

Stick twine or cord over the lines of your design

Step 2: I like to use a hot glue gun for this because it makes the project nice and quick. If you use a different choice of adhesive, you need one that will stick fabric to paper. Fabric because we are using twine or cord.

Trace along a section of your design with the adhesive and then quickly place the twine or cord over the top before it dries. So you're going over your drawn pattern with the twine or cord, making a raised design.

Using rope twine to draw out a pattern for a book cover

The main lines of my Spells design have been covered with twine

Step 3: It doesn't matter too much if you are not terribly neat, so long as the cording is well stuck down. You could use thicker and thinner pieces of cord or twine depending on how detailed your drawn design is to follow.

Spells and spiderweb marked onto a hardcover front of book

Add more twine on top of areas that you want to stand out more

Step 4: All the design has been covered with the twine. I went over some areas of the spider web again with it to make it stick out even more. Allow the adhesive to dry well so it's all stuck down hard.

Painting the cover with a dark reddish purple

Paint over the whole design with a color you want for the background of the book

Step 5: I mixed up some dark reddish acrylic paint to cover over the book cover as a first layer. You need to push the bristles into the side of the cording or twine to cover everything.

Drying off first layer of paint

Paint the whole cover if you can and allow it all to dry

Step 6: I opened out the book over a tray and newsprint and painted the back cover as well then allowed this to dry overnight.

Second layer of paint to make a more witchy purple

How the Spell book looks with a second layer of purple paint

Step 7: This is the book after a second layer of purple paint. This color looks more witchy and mysterious. It took some hours to dry - good chance to go off and work on another craft.

Applying glitter glue over the raised pattern

Adding on glitter glue for a touch of magic

Step 8: Once all the paint was dry, I added glitter glue all over the raised spider web design. This really catches the light well. My favorite to use is Stickles Glitter Glue.

Completed spiders web cobweb design with glitter

Glitter has been added to the spiderweb on the front cover

Step 9: You can see the glitter applied to the web section here which makes it stand out nicely from the dark purple background. The glitter gives it a magical look just right for a witch's spell book.

Dabbing gold fabric paint over the lettering

I used gold color metallic paint for the wording

Step 10: You could use a paint of your own choice but I had some gold metallic fabric paint which I dabbed over the Spells wording with a small stencil brush.

Adding some gold glitter over the wet gold paint

Adding extra fine gold glitter, tapped on with a brush while the paint is wet

Step 11: While the gold paint was still wet, I used a soft brush loaded with extra fine gold glitter and tapped it over the wording. It stuck to the areas of still wet paint. To remove any excess from the book, I turned it upside down over the bin and tapped the back to shake stray glitter powder off.

Marvy metallics marker pen

Marvy metallics (Uchida) pen worked well on the edges of the book pages

Step 12: A Marvy metallics broad tipped marker pen came in handy for coloring the edges of the book pages in a pinky purple tone. I believe these are now known as Uchida metallic pens. It has a slight sheen that works well with the whole look.

Book of magical spells every witch and wizard needs one!

Added some tiny sequins on for extra sparkle

Step 13: After a few smaller enhancements, some tiny sequins stuck to the spider web, some cording down the book spine and a beaded bookmarker, the spell book prop was good to go. It looks just the part propped up on my display unit in front of other books. Of course you can also print out designs online to stick inside your book too if you want to take the idea even further. I hope you've enjoyed reading my justhalloweencrafts page today, thanks for your visit. Let me know if you make one of your own.

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Page Last Updated: 17th October 2016


  1. This looks so cool and easy. Thanks for a great idea.

    1. Thanks, Trish. It is certainly easy to do - if it wasn't for the drying times for the paints, it would also be very quick too.


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