Thursday, August 9, 2012

Easy and Fun Halloween Decorating Projects

This is a very easy crafty project that makes up into a cute Halloween decoration.

A few years ago I started gathering used books that had black covers to recycle.
I wanted to make a"Old Salem School" themed Witches Spelling Books.
After designing the new cover for my books, I printed off copies and glued them onto the book covers.
Tied them closed with a piece of cheesecloth or homespun.
If you like a more primitive look you can rub a bit of ground cinnamon to the book and cheesecloth tie.

 Next came Old Salem Apothecary Spell bottles
I frequented flea markets and yard sales purchasing old and unique looking bottles. Glue sticks work well to adhere paper labels to the bottles if you do not have label paper to print on.
A few labels and homespun ties, very easy.

If you do not want to design your own labels I do sell the files for you to print and make your own books and spell bottles at home. You can purchase them here. 


  1. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. These are so cute! And what a great idea!~

  3. Hello Rhee, what great labels, neat idea,thanks for sharing. Blessings Francine.

  4. Ree, I love this!! And thanks for the tip about cinnamon....I never would have thought to use it like that! I have to say, those bottles are my favorite - they are awesome and old-looking!!

  5. So glad to see you finally got your blog up and running Ree!!! Love the spell book!

  6. Love both the book and bottles!! Thank you for sharing. Sure wish I had a working printer, sigh.

  7. These are so fun! I love the idea of the 'spelling book.' Reminds me of one of my favorite halloween movies-- The Worst Witch!
    Great ideas!~