Welcome ladies & gents! It’s time to start decorating for Halloween, and here we’ve already started. You may have seen my Halloween mantle on Tuesday. Have you seen those adorable ceramic books for Halloween from Dollar Tree? I picked up three a few months ago, and everyone has been asking me what to do with them. Well, today I’m going to share what I did with two of mine! I will be doing something similar with the third one, but in different colors to match my master bedroom. Let’s get into it!
Today is our Creative Craft Hop which comes around on the third Thursday of every month. This month it’s hosted by Donna of Modern on Monticello. Stick around after the post, and I will send you on to the next stop on the hop. I encourage you to check out all of the posts, because we have some great DIYs this month!
Supplies for Dollar Tree Halloween Ceramic Books:
- Dollar Tree Halloween ceramic books
- black chalk paint (or your choice of color)
- black metallic paint (or your color)
- DecoColor paint pen in gold (or again, whatever color fits your needs)
- my free printable book title
- paper & printer
- Halloween raven napkins (optional)
- Mod Podge (optional)
- scissors (optional)
I plan to make other books & wanted to share my third one, but I ran out of time. So, you’ll see paint in this image that I didn’t use.
Paint the Book with a Base Coat
Before you paint your books, you need to tape of the book “pages” with painter’s tape. Line the tape up with one of the ridges and run it from the top corner to the bottom edge.
The tape will be a little bit too wide, so run a utility knife down the back book page. It’s indented, so you’ll be able to trace along it easily.
Paint the entire Dollar Tree ceramic books with your Halloween color choice. I used black chalk paint.
Paint the Raised Portions of the Halloween Ceramic Books
My Dollar Tree had two different Halloween ceramic books: a spiderweb one and a bat one. I bought two of the bats and one spiderweb. In these photos I’m going to share my bat one and in the video, which I hope to have up later today, I showed the spiderweb one.
First paint the raised bat and little designs beside it with black metallic paint so it stands out. I also decided to paint the raised dots with it as well so that there wasn’t too much gold. You can go ahead and do that now.
Next, use a thin gold paint pen to trace the rest of the raised sections.
Finally, remove the tape from the Halloween book pages once it’s dry.
Print My Free Book Titles
For personal use only. All of my free printables & cut files are copyrighted material. Feel free to download these free designs and print them or use on your Cricut projects for your own use at home. They are not for commercial use, not to be placed on items for sale. That helps me keep these printables, SVGs, and PNGs coming to you for free! Another note: you will not my logo overlay on your downloaded design. It is there to keep people from downloading the images straight from Google, or others from stealing them to use on their site. Thanks for understanding! Feel free to share this post for your friends and family to make their own projects with this design!
I created a title for each book that you can either print and use the carbon copy method like I did, or you can cut it with your Cricut. Remember, my logo won’t be on your downloaded copy. These are sized perfectly to fit the Dollar Tree Halloween ceramic book title sections.
Print a copy of the design on regular paper.
Use Carbon Copy Method to Add Titles
Cut the titles apart, even cutting “The Raven” and Edgar Allen Poe apart. In the photo I hadn’t yet cut the names apart yet.
Scribble all over the back of the paper with pencil.
Use painter’s tape to tape the title into the title sections of the Halloween ceramic books.
Next trace over the letters with a pencil firmly.
Check to make sure the pencil has transferred onto the ceramic books, then remove the tape and paper.
Next, trace over the pencil lines with the gold paint pen.
Mod Podge a Halloween Napkin on the Back of the Ceramic Book
This part is optional, but I have a little Edgar Allen Poe theme going this Halloween, so I decided to Mod Podge on a raven from a napkin I had from Dollar Tree.
Separate the 2-plies of the napkin, then cut out one of the ravens and potion bottles.
Add Mod Podge to the raven and potion then place the raven head along the spine of the Halloween book and let the rest wrap around back. Smooth it onto the book.
Once it’s dry, add Mod Podge on top of the napkin, the back, and side of the book so it looks uniform. Leave the front alone.
That’s it! Your Halloween ceramic books from Dollar Tree are complete!
I love how these turned out! I will get the video up later today. It’s 5am and this post goes live soon, and I haven’t been to bed yet! When I wake up, I’ll try to get that done ASAP! Remember this is a blog hop, so keep reading so I can send you to the next stop on the hop!
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The next stop on our tour is Carol at Blue Sky at Home who is going to show you how to use paper leaves in fall decor. Sounds fun, right?! After that, I hope you’ll visit the next posts on our tour!