Embossed Leather Books

If the Devil is in the details then you’d better make sure you get the details right.  And if you’re looking to add a little detail to any haunt an easy way to add some subtle depth is to make some creepy Embossed Leather Books.

Lindsey of the Better After blog has a technique that makes really authentic looking Embossed Leather Books and it’s a quick and simple process.

You’ll start by hot glueing whatever you want to appear on your books.  Once everything is dry take some damp paper towels and mod podge them to the books.  This will give them a leathery appearance when dry.


Once everything was dry Lindsey added a base coat of black paint to her books and then applied some gold rub-n-buff and copper metallic paint to bring out the details of the embossed items.

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The process is painless and turns old boring books into incredible looking old tomes.


Items needed to complete this include:

  • Old books
  • Items to glue to the cover
  • Paper towels
  • Mod podge
  • Black paint
  • Metallic paint
  • Gold rub-n-buff paint