Monday, October 24, 2011

Hocus Pocus

With a  little bit of magic {aka creativity}, you can turn a book cover into some spooky-sweet Halloween decor.   Grab yourself an old book, a few embellishments, and you'll see it's really no trick at all to make.
Supplies needed {not all shown}: front/back cover removed from an old book, wire & wire cutters, crop-a-dile hole punch, glue gun & glue sticks, burlap, tulle & ribbons, glitter, 3 glass vials {I got mine on etsy}, inks & glimmer mist, sandpaper, letter stickers, a bingo card, and assorted embellishments to fit your theme.

The first thing I did was take a little sandpaper to the book cover and inked it a bit because I like the distressed look.  Then, I punched two holes near the top and attached some wire.
I chose a bingo card {Tattered Angels product} as the base for my "art", so first I inked the edges and sprayed it with some glimmer mist.  Next, adhere the burlap to the card.  You can glue it or sew it on to the card.
{I cheated...since I don't sew...Sheila was kind enough to stitch the piece of burlap for me}
After that, I poured some glitter into all three glass vials. {The ones I found came with cork stoppers but you could "close" the open end with buttons glued on top or wrap them with paper & thread.}
Then, I glued the glass tubes on top of the swatch of burlap. You may want to use a stronger adhesive for the glass; if so, let them dry before going on to the next step.
Next, wrap the whole thing with tulle and/or ribbon.  Add a pretty pin if you'd like.  Using a glue gun, adhere the wrapped bingo card to the book cover.
Now it's time to add a word or phrase and some embellishments. 
I glued a fabric flower near the top of my card
and spelled out "hocus pocus" with some letter stickers near the bottom. I added an image to a bottlecap and glued that in place of the letter "o" in "pocus".
For a final touch, I added another bottlecap with ribbon, an old domino{wrapped with wire} and some tulle to the wire hanger. 
And there you have it...
a quick little treat just in time for Halloween.
I hope you'll have some fun creating a bit of your own "magic"!



  1. That is absolutely adorable! Thank you for really EXPLAINING the layering process! I realize LOTS of people understand how you wonderful paper-people do these things. But, as mainly a crocheter, counted cross-stitcher, and general mess-maker, I DIDN'T. Now I get the idea! Awesome piece, great tutorial, very nice YOU!

  2. Love the spider bottle cap . . . cute stuff! Sandy:O)

  3. Fantastic! What a fabulous idea! :)

  4. I came over for a visit from Sheila of Blessed and Distressed and I am really liking what I see. Your Hocus Pocus is fabulous. Happy Haunting...