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DIY Halloween Ouija Board with FREE printable!

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DIY Ouija Board - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I was a keen crafter long before the birth of The World of Suzy Homemaker. I was well-known among friends and colleagues for my handmade greetings cards and I've dabbled in all sorts of techniques over the years.

It wasn't long after moving into OneandSeventy that I got itchy fingers and started looking for things to make. One such project was a Ouija Talking Tray, which was inspired by this image that I found on Etsy.

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I've always been fascinated with Ouija Boards, not necessarily for attempting to communicate with the dearly departed (assuming you believe that's possible), but for their beauty.

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A vintage board has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember, but they can be pretty pricey. So, when I found that image, I spied a fabulous way of combining a craft I hadn't tried before, with a little of something I'd always fancied!

My Ouija Talking Tray started off as a bog standard wooden tray; part of a three tray set like this, which I bought for small change from our local buy/sell/swap Facebook page.

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After priming my tray and giving it a couple of coats of DecoArt acrylic craft paint in antique white, I got to work on the image.

As luck would have it, an A4 sheet fitted nicely into the bottom of the tray. After whiling away several happy hours on Photoshop and with the help of images sourced from the wonderful Graphics Fairy, I printed out my creation.

Then it was just a case of transferring my masterpiece onto the tray.

Erm....?

The most popular method I could find involved Mod Podge but at the time, I didn't have any of this apparently wondrous decoupage medium. I also don't have a laser printer. Like many a home, my personal printer is an inkjet which, of course, isn't water-soluble. The Mod Podge method needs a laser copy, because an inkjet image will run horribly the moment it makes contact with water.

Hmmm...

I did try a freezer method, where you literally freeze the inkjet print to seal it, but I can't say it was terribly successful.

Then there was this amazingly simple method for transferring inkjet images onto wood using address label paper.

 

I love this guy! Quick, concise and covers all the main points. Brilliant!

But...! The base of my tray was shiny, like a laminate, so I wasn't convinced it would work.

I was stumped!

And then I remembered my secret stash; that seemingly bottomless pit of crafty type bits that I've amassed over the years. You know, the one that supplied the heart shaped mâché boxes for my initials wall art and the tracing paper for my homemade house sign and last year's Halloween Candle Decorations.

The stash that Beloved wanted to bin...

Oh hello lovely Lazertran Decal Paper!

I knew there was a reason I insisted all those boxes come with us during the last three house moves ;-)

OK, so it doesn't actually transfer the image to the tray, it's a decoupage method for inkjet printers. But the great thing about Lazertran is that not only can it be used on a multitude of surfaces but, with a little oil-based varnish, the background of the print becomes transparent. This was exactly what I wanted to make it look more like the image was part of the project, rather than just stuck on.

Unfortunately, I only had one sheet of Lazertran and my ink-thirsty HP Photosmart 7510 decided right in the middle of my project to run low on ink, resulting in more pretty purple than spooky black. To be honest, those clouds are not as in-your-face-purple as the photos would suggest and over time, the colour is starting to fade a little, so I wasn't too miffed. 

After sealing my decal with polyurethane varnish to give me the clear background I wanted, here's how my Ouija Talking Tray turned out.

DIY Ouija Board - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

DIY Ouija Board - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

DIY Ouija Board - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I haven't tried talking with it yet, but maybe I'll give that a go on All Hallows' Eve. After all, that is supposed to be the day when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest...

Cue spooky cackle of the witchy poo variety.

Free Printable

If you would like to create a Ouija Board for yourself, I'm including a FREE printable with this post.

Use it, have fun with it and share the hell out of it, but a link back to The World of Suzy Homemaker would be very much appreciated! I know I can't force you, but it's good cricket to give credit where due :-)

Click on the image to download the full-size version. It's quite large, so please be patient!

I'd love to see what you do with it, so drop me a comment in the box below with a link to your creation.

Free Ouija Board Printable from www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

A hui hou,

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  • Guest
    Jessi Tuesday, 07 October 2014

    Love it, hope to see some DIY posts for Christmas too :)

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Tuesday, 07 October 2014

    Thanks Jessi. I'll do my best!

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    karen Thursday, 11 June 2015

    Can I use this on my website. I have a page on paranormal terms and would like to show a ouija board. I will link back to you...

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 11 June 2015

    Hey Karen, go for it! I'd love for you to post the link here, so I can pop on over for a read! Beloved and I are interested in the paranormal, so you may have yourself a new reader! :-)

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    Sarah Thursday, 23 July 2015

    I just used your awesome ouija board template for a cake. Are you instagram? I would love to credit you there in my post!

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 23 July 2015

    That's fantastic Sarah, I'm honoured! Yes, I'm on Instagram and would love to see your creation. My Social Media profile is @SuzyHomemakerUK - looking forward to connecting with you :-)

  • Guest
    Sarah Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Just shared your link on my little blog. Thanks so much! I will follow you on instagram as well.

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  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Fantastic! I'm a bit of a Halloween fan myself, so I'll pop on over x

  • Guest
    Jen Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Can you edit it? Would love to make an invitation out of it.

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Hi Jen. Why sort of edit do you need? I'm sure I could help! Sue x

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