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How To Make A Ouija Board
Learn To Make Your Own Ouija Board
Here you will find some great tips on how to make a ouija board from scratch. There are several ways to create a homemade board, some involving more material than others. If you're wondering whether you should make a talking board of your own, I say why not.
The ouija board has received some really negative reviews over time from people who are afraid of the supernatural, or from those who apparently have had bad experiences with the board, or even from people strongly influenced by the various Hollywood movies.
However the ouija board is nothing but an item that helps thin the veil between the two worlds and allow easier communication with the other side. Indeed, there might be people who had negative experiences using the board, however if you take the proper precaution and protection, nothing can happen. And yes, I advise you to protect yourself before working with the ouija board!
So let's see how to make your own ouija board from scratch!
What Is A Ouija Board?
At its core a ouija board, also called a talking board or spirit board, is a flat board (mostly made of wood) that has printed on it all the letters of the alphabet, the numbers between 1 and 10 and the words Yes and No.
Some boards have more elements, however I find that these are enough for any board interactions. The ouija board also has an extra piece called a planchette, which is usually a plastic piece with a pointed side which is basically a moving pointer used to spell out the words that the spirits want us to know.
To use the ouija board, one ore more people are placing their fingers lightly on the planchette (without actually pushing it), while one person asks the question from the spirits. In answer, the planchette will start to move letter by letter until it spells out the message that the spirits want to give us.
Sometimes the question warrants a yes or a no answer, in which case the planchette will move to one of the two words.
Two of the best books I've read (and own) about the Ouija board are Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game by Stoker Hunt and Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board (image above) by J. Edward Cornelius. In fact I think the second book (by J. Edward Cornelius) is better than any I've read before or after - and I've read pretty much all the books that Amazon has on stock on the ouija board. One can never be too careful about it!
The books are around $10 each so no major investments there, but I personally recommend both as they teach you stuff that you really need to know before you actually use the boards. They teach you how to properly protect yourself, how to use the board and when it's best to leave the talking board alone.
The second book mentioned here is in fact much more than a simple Ouija board book. It really is an introduction to magic (not the Harry Potter type!). If you're just now starting do dab into spiritual, paranormal and magic (ceremonial or chaos magic), then this book is a great introduction overall.
Both books disclose that the Ouija board is not for children. It is a serious tool in serious hands. Also the board is not a "passkey to evil spirits' - not if you don't let it be.
I suggest you read these two books and learn a bit about what you are embarking on. Then you will be properly equipped to use not only the Ouija board, but also the entire arsenal used to talk with the otherworldly spirits.
Traditionally the planchette is a triangular shape (with a pointed end) made of plastic which is used to point on the Ouija board to the letters that the spirits want spelled out.
In the older times the planquette was made of solid wood, however since the Ouija board became available in toy stores, it is now made of a plastic material.
The planchette I have at home is made of solid wood, similar to the one in the image here. It's way cooler than plastic.
For the sake of making your own Ouija board, you can simply use a wine glass that is turned upside down.
Ouija Board Instructions
Instructions On Making A Ouija Board
To make your own ouija board you need two main things: a smooth surfaced board, and something (preferably with a pointed end) that acts as the planchette.
The board can be of any material of your choosing. You can add as many or as few elements that you want. For the sake of this example, let's use a square piece of cardboard or cardstock as the main material.
What you will need:
- cardboard or cardstock size A4 or bigger
- a pair of scissors
- a pen or a marker
- varnish (optional)
- upturned glass (if you don't have a planchette)
How to make the board
Before designing your board, you should know the layout you want to use. I will give you below a few sources for inspiration. You can use any elements or make up your own. Be creative and let your mind run free!
- Write out the letters of the alphabet one by one. Make sure that they are big enough to read.
- Next write out the numbers from 0 to 9.
- Now write the Yes and the No words
- Also write the word Goodbye. This is used to end the séance session.
- If you want to add other phrases to the board, write them out as well.
- With the scissors cut out every single letter and character one by one (except for the words, cut out each word separately).
- With the glue add them to the cardboard in the layout that you prefer. Make it as unique and creative as possible - or simply make the typical board - no idea is wrong here!
- Use the turned upside down glass as the planchette. You can also use the lens of a small magnifying glass instead.
Use Ouija Fonts For A Creative Talking Board Design
To make your talking board even more authentic, here are a few fonts that you can use to print out the letters, numbers and words. We call them "ouija fonts" :-)
Video Instructions On How To Make A Ouija Board
- Mystic Prophet Font
Free Ouija font from Harold's Fonts website, perfect for making your own ouija board
- Captain Howdy Font
Another great Ouija front made by Harold, I quite like this one too.
- Metal Macabre
This font is on the 'horror' side, but it's a great one to use for the Ouija board as well
- Gothic Fonts
I found that any gothic font is great to use with the Ouija board. Here is a free collection of gothic fonts - pick and choose the one you like most.
Get Inspirations For The Ouija Board Design
When I created (years ago) my Ouija board, I got my inspiration from the Museum Of Talking Boards. It is an awesome resource, one that has almost 100 pictures of Ouija boards and a wide range of planchette designs. Plenty to get inspired for your own homemade spirit board!
To see the entire range of boards, click here to get to Google's Picassa page. It holds all the Museum's boards in a thumbnail view. Recommended!
How To Pronounce "Ouija Board"
It is usually spelled "wee-gee board", but people also call it "wee-ja".
The second pronounciation comes apparently from the French word "yes" (Oui) and the German word "yes' (Ja).
Resources Teaching How To Use The Ouija Board
Free Resources And Tips On Using The Ouija Board
- Using The Ouija Board
I love these tips By Haunted Hamilton as they give you a safe way to use the Ouija board so you don't get into troubles. Maybe the best 'using a board' guide out there.
- More Ouija Board Tips
A small guide on using a Ouija board written by WitchBoard
- Using The Ouija Board - Pros And Cons
If you're wondering what are the pros and the cons of using a Ouija board, you've come to the right place.
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Did You Know That There The Ouija Board Has Several Different Names?
You might come across different names for the Ouija board. Here are some of the most common names for it:
* Talking Board
* Spirit board
* Witch Board
* Oracle Board
* Mystic Board
* Channeling Board
* Devil Board
* Answer Board
* Zodiac Board