Turning Books into Halloween Decor

Amy from The Idea Room came up with a fun Halloween vignette this year: spell books and potions arranged just as if they were in a witch’s cottage.  If you have some old books lying around, you can make a few spell books of your own!


Amy wanted her books to look ancient, so she hunted for them at a thrift shop.  No need to do that if you have a few old books of your own, or know where to find them.  She created some covers on her computer, then printed them out to wrap around the books.  They look authentic!  With the addition of some “potions and pills” in appotecary jars and test tubes, Amy’s vignette was complete.


If you want to make something similar, Amy is sharing the free printables for these book covers over at The Idea Room.

How to Age Books

It’s not hard to find free or deeply discounted used books.  They aren’t necessarily books you’d like to read…but Emily of Namely Originals has a great idea for fixing up those books to use in vignettes where an old book might come in handy.

Namely Original book before

Emily has figured out to make newer books, like this medical dictionary, look like they travelled across the Atlantic with your great-great-grandmother and have been passed down through the generations.  Using a combination of paint and techniques, Emily adds personality and history to the “junk” books that she finds.  This is a great idea to keep in your files for Halloween decor!

Namely Original book after

You can learn more about Emily’s faux aging techniques at Namely Originals.