I love a good DIY project—even better if it’s fast, easy and festive! These spooky Halloween books are so much fun to make and will be something you can stash and pull out year after year. Ready to make a creepy book (or two!) of your own? Here we go!
To make the furry monster book pictured above, here’s what you’ll need:
Remember covering your textbooks in middle and high school? This is the same idea, but you’re using fur. 🙂 I “dry fit” the fur (meaning I didn’t glue it down yet), made sure the book could open and close comfortably while wrapped and then trimmed the excess down
I then glued the fur down using crazy strong superglue. You could also use a hot glue gun if you prefer!
Once you’ve given it time to dry, then you can trim the excess off one more time. It felt, in a very weird way, like giving my dogs a hair cut since their fur is so similar looking!
You’ll end up with something like this!
I knew I wanted to add eyes and teeth. This was my first attempt:
It’s like…kinda goofy right? This might be a good place to stop if you are doing this with a young child. This isn’t too scary looking…he looks happy! 🙂
I knew I wanted scary, not happy, so I decided what I needed was more teeth! The teeth I ordered came in a pack of 12 so I had plenty to play with. They were made of thin plastic, so I cut each one in half. I glued them into the book’s first and last page, then added a heavy metal drawer to add weight while it dried.
I wanted to add a bit more spook to it, so I made a watercolor spray and gave him some bloody teeth. Eek! I also added several more eyes. Much better!
Tada! Spooky, right?
DIY Halloween Craft – Locked Book
I also made another scary book. This one was even easier. And, you only need four simple supplies (all of which can be reused for other projects later on, by the way!):
- Metal lock (the kind with a key)
- Chain (I recommend at least 2 feet)
- A black sharpie
- A hardback book—even better if it is a vintage one!
How to Make this Project
- Find a creepy, vintage-looking hardback book (try flea markets, used book stores, or antique stores).
- Wrap a length of chain around the book — the length will depend on the size of your book. Mine was about 2 feet long. Think of it like wrapping a piece of twine or a ribbon on a present.
- Lock it in place with the metal lock.
- If your lock has a brand name on it like mine did, use a black sharpie to color over it and create a solid black strip instead.
This whole project literally took me five minutes! Super simple and maybe creepier than the furry one! Are you scared? 🙂 Gotta keep those Western Civilization secrets locked up, right?
Want to see where we placed these DIY Halloween crafted books? Check out our Halloween home tour…if you dare! 🙂
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