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DIY Spray Painted Halloween Spell Books {and DIY Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles at Uncommon Designs}

Hello and welcome to our haunted house… or perhaps it is Professor Snape’s Potions Class… today I am sharing some quick and easy DIY Spray Painted Halloween Spell Books that are so scary they make it hard to for you to tell where you really are…. bwah ha ha ha haaaaaa

DIY spray painted spell books at thehappyhousie

 I am also eerily excited to be sharing these DIY Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles over at Uncommon Designs… I would love if you hop over there after to visit me!

To make these you need:


  • Old hardcover books
  • Flat Black Spray Paint
  • Paint Pen in Silver (or colour of your choice)
  • Paper Towel (and maybe some painters tape) to protect your book pages from the spray
  • A strongly brewed cuppa tea and a foam brush


I started out with these books from the thrift store and some Flat Black Krylon Spray Paint.

I wrapped my book pages with some paper towel to protect them from overspray. If you really are concerned you could probably also tape along the edges closest to the spine to protect them as well.



I gave them a few coats of spray paint, letting one side dry before flipping to spray the other side.


Once dry I used a Silver Paint Pen to write Halloween themed names on the book spines…


you could look up some examples of Halloween themed or decorative fonts in order to get some ideas for your penmanship. You could also practice before hand on some paper, but I was feeling really risky and decided to just free hand it. Wild, I know.


Lastly, I wanted the pages to look aged so I used a tea stain (brew a strong cup of tea and apply it to the edges of the pages with a foam brush).


Now the pages add some authenticity to the image that these old potion books have been sitting in the Hogwarts Library for centuries…


They kind of puffed up as they dried too… making them look more uneven and aged.

A quick, simple project that really adds to any Halloween Vignette…

DIY Spray Painted Spell Books for Halloween at thehappyhousie

Halloween Vignette with DIY Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles by the happy housie for Uncommon Designs

And don’t forget, you can learn how to conjure up some DIY Potion Bottles today over at Uncommon Designs…

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Potion Bottles for Halloween Decor by the happy housie for Uncommon Designs

Now onto this weeks Get Your DIY ON Fall Challenge: Spray Paint!

Here are what my other stunning co-hostesses-with-the-mostesses whipped up this week!

Chevron Shade and a Halloween Vignette by Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Chalkboard Spray Paint Pumpkins by April at House by Hoff

Don’t forget to come back on Sunday 4pm PST to link up any new or old spray paint projects!

Who doesn’t have a ton of awesome spray paint projects!! I know that I personally should own stock in Krylon by now…

And, here is our October schedule in case you want a little reminder of what’s to soon come:

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    1. Hi Amy! I am happy to let you use an image with a link back to my blog (or an image each of the books and the skull). Thanks for asking and for sharing these projects!

  1. Brilliant! I always look at those books that are for sale but the prices usually turn me off. I never thought to paint a book and create it myself! Love the tea stainining idea- perfect!

    1. I know Liz… I wouldn’t pay $10 each for books that will be out a few weeks a year, tops! Much better to make them from $1 Sally Ann finds!! Thank you so much for your visit and comments!

    1. Lol Jenna- thanks so much… they were super easy. Haven’t got Halloween set up permanently yet – am looking forward to doing that soon:) Another mantel me thinks?!?

  2. I love how these turned out, Krista! I’m a big Harry Potter fan, and I love your homage to Snape’s potions class! You are always so creative! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Thanks Abby- I am a huge HP fan too… so naturally Halloween stuff starts merging into that whole genre somehow:) Thank you so much for your sweet comments!

    1. Hi Therese! I saved your party link on bloglovin so I can add it to my list and remember to come next week! Thanks so much for the invite!!

    1. Hi Kelly! I haven’t done a ton in the past… just added some crows and owls to my fall décor. This year I am amping it up a little because of my new faux mantel! So excited about that:) Thank you so much for your visit and comments!

  3. I love everything you did to create this super scary vignette ok super cool vignette for Halloween; so fun ; just visited your faux mercury potion bottles over at Uncommon Designs; so cool Krista! 🙂

  4. Krista, these are fabulous! They are so fun and so different. What a great set up especially for little ones to let their imaginations fly!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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