DIY – Book Of Shadows –

My son and I created this antique looking Book Of Shadows quite a few years ago and I thought since it’s spooky season, why not share the easy DIY here with you! ❤


What You’ll Need:


For those that may not want to make this but like the look of an old book, there are plenty of really neat looking journals over on Amazon. This Old Book: Blank 200 page journal opens up a lot of interesting looking ones. 

(links are posted through from If you’re in the states and it doesn’t let you bump through to .com then you can go through this link here:

To Make: 

Choose your book and start with thin strips of paper towel (or whatever you chose to use) I like the paper towel the best because it’s strong enough not to tear but wrinkles up easily to look like old worn leather.

Paint a small patch of glue on your book and lay the paper towel over it, then paint glue again over the paper towel. Continue this until your book is entirely covered. – You may have to do one side at a time and allow to dry in between or you may end up with a sticky mess. (You could try opening the binder and laying it flat but we also wrapped the paper towel cover into the inside of the book right up until the binder rings. Also- If you let it harden this way, you’ll have a hard time closing it later. It’s probably best to do one side at a time.)

You can add extra wrinkles, cardboard shapes, paper towel shapes, glue gun shapes, you could even stick little rubber halloween decorations to the book and then do a light coat of the paper towel and glue mixture over top. – The pentagram on ours was made from rolled up paper towel but I think a glue gun may make a more precise shape. The title cut out at the bottom is cardboard and a printout. The side of the binder we put cardboard rectangles along it to give it more definition.  Originally we had some really neat rustic looking ornate corners on the front, which were from the scrapbooking section at the dollar store but they fell off somewhere along the way.

Once the entire book has dried, you can paint it however you like. We did a base coat of black and then using a dry brush, dipped into golds and browns, wiped extra paint off onto a paper towel and then the lightly over the top bumps and embellishments on the book.

Once you’re happy with the paint and it’s finished drying, you can clear coat it with a matte spray or an extra coat of glue or modge podge.

If you are adding your own pages and want them to look old and spooky you can stain them with tea bags or coffee. Make a STRONG mixture in a heatproof bowl & dab the pages with tea bags. Lay them out to dry.

Finally, You can add feathers, twine, ribbons, page tags, or any such things your creative mind can think of.

We added some pockets on the inside as well for extra bits of paper etc. To do this, lay a few sheets of paper towel onto a cellophane wrapped cookie tray (so it doesn’t stick) and paint with glue like you did the book. leave the sides flatter than the middle so it’s easier to glue on later. Once it’s dry, paint it the same as you did the book and glue along the bottom and sides leaving the top unglued. (I’ll try to add a few photos of the making of)


Everyone who has seen the book sitting on our shelf says: “Oh, wow! that book must be really old!”

I love how it turned out and it’s extra special because it was a project my son and I made together. We have had this book around for about 6 years and it’s still as great looking as day 1, everything has held up really well.

DIY Book Of Shadows



DIY Witches Book BOS



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24 thoughts on “DIY – Book Of Shadows –

  1. Jennygirl says:

    I’ve made two. One for me and one for my mother-in-law for Yule. We decided we need another each for herbs…so that’s this summers project. 🙂


  2. no money newbie says:

    This is great! I have an old white binder that would be perfect for this! I found an online tutorial for the homemade paper. I think I will do that for the outside cover (color with old coffee grounds, like what you mentioned above, in hot water). Along with using homemade paper for the regular pages. Plus a few odds and ends of leather. Lots of cardboard and scrap paper.

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  3. Kathy G Burgess says:

    I will be creating mine this week ! Thanks so much for sharing such an awesome idea ! What a crafty little Witch you are lol !! Blessed Be


  4. Jan Benton says:

    I was wondering how to make the pentagram I have napkins and was wondering if you can share directions on how to make that I love the look of everything and I’ve enjoyed making this book, thank you for posting. Amethyst Rain

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  5. Vickie says:

    Absolutely love the look of your book. I will be making one soon. Can you tell me what kind of paper you used for the pages? They look old as well and look perfect for the book. Thanks so much for sharing with us

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  6. Lisa says:

    First let me say that I am not a crafty person. I failed cutting and pasting all through school! But I couldn’t find what I wanted for my book of shadows in my price range, until I saw your DIY. I decided what the heck. And for my first attempt I thought I did dang well thanks to your instructions. I am really pleased with it. I wish there was a place here to post my pictures so you could see the finished product. Thank you so much!

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  7. mitzitsetse says:

    I just completed this project. It turned out great! I’d like to credit you on my blog, along with some notes, if you don’t mind. I’ll reply with a link when I’ve posted. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. tscrapsrva says:

    Reblogged this on DSC Graphics and commented:
    I am a Pagan and Proud!
    This tutorial craft for a physical Book of Shadows is wonderful!

    For a digital version of a Book of Shadows you can graphically edit to suit your needs can be found here,

    And another version of a book template can be found here

    or here

    All are editable templates….


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