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How to Make a Ouija Board

Updated on February 6, 2015
Spirit Board by Madrina Angelique,
Spirit Board by Madrina Angelique,

So You Want to Make a Ouija Board?

Similar to the Voodoo doll, the Ouija Board has endured a bad rap with Hollywood and the media. It doesn't help that the rampant fakery of many Spiritualists has perpetuated the negative hype and invalidated it's purported use as a medium with which to communicate with spirits. Any attempts to communicate with the dead or other spirits should not be taken lightly, however, and should not be done by the inexperienced.

But if you are one of the brave ones and ready to embark on a mystical adventure, fasten your seat belts. Making a basic ouija board is a relatively simple task. They can be made out of literally any material: scrap wood, cardboard, whatever your flavor...anything goes. Read on, because I am about to tell you how to make your very own ouija board.


The ouija board you make can be as basic or complex in design as you want. I suggest taking a look at all of the wonderful types of talking boards at Museum of Talking Boards to get some ideas for layouts and designs, then come up with something original that reflects something about you. Museum of Talking Boards is an incredible site about Talking Boards of all kinds; I highly recommend you check it out if you haven't already.

TIP: To make your talking board using some of traditional talking board style letters, visit Harold's Fonts for some free downloads. Three ouija fonts that are available are Cap'n Howdy, Mystick Prophet, and Sideshow. You certainly don't have to limit yourself to these three, however, as there are hundreds to choose from.

To make your own talking board you will need:

A pair of scissors

An A4 sheet of card (or bigger)

A pen or a marker

A glass or a penny.

Glue (optional)


Make sure your cardstock or piece of wood is approximately 18 x 20 inches. You can make it larger or smaller, but this is a good size to start with.

  1. Start by writing out all of the letters in one or two rows, making sure that the characters are large enough to read. You can use any of the pictures on this page as a point of reference as to their placement.
  2. In the row below that write the numbers 0-9.
  3. Write out "Yes", "No" and "Goodbye" symbols, which will make communicating with the spirits easier. You can add any other phrases you wish.
  4. Cut out the characters, numbers, words, and phrases.
  5. Adhere them with glue to the paper according to your desired layout.
  6. Viola! You are ready to have your first talking board séance!

Mystic Planchette

The Planchette

A planchette is a triangular or heart-shaped piece of wood (now they use plastic -ughh) supported by castors which moves to spell out messages, or answer questions. Paranormal advocates believe that the planchette is moved by some extra-normal force. Planchettes can be any kind of pointing device for similar purposes. Users rest their fingertips on the planchette and it is moved around the board in response to questions posed. Used since the beginning of the Spiritualism movement of the mid-nineteenth century, planchettes predate the invention of spirit boards.

You will need a planchette to go with your ouija board. You can use a dish, a coin, or a small glass turned upside down as your planchette.

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Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board
Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board

Part fascinating history and part practical manual, this engaging guide takes the position that the Ouija Board is indeed as powerful as its detractors claim, revealing the dark secrets and hidden truths of this curious, enduring “game.”


Is the Ouija Board Dangerous?

The board itself is not dangerous, but the form of communication that you are attempting often is. Most often the spirits whom are contacted through the Ouija are those whom reside on the lower astral plane. These spirits are often very confused and may have died a violent or sudden death; murder, suicide, etc. Therefore, many violent, negative and potentially dangerous conditions are present to those using the board. Often times several spirits will attempt to come through at the same time but the real danger lies when you ask for physical proof of their existence! You might say, "Well, if you really are a spirit, then put out this light or move that object!" What you have just done is opened a doorway between the physical and spiritual world and allowed them to enter. As a result, future problems can and often do arise.

The best indicator as to whether or not using a channeling board of any kind is a good thing to do is your intuition. If it doesn't feel right to you, don't use it. It's that simple.

Other Names for "Ouija Board"

  1. Witch board

    The witch persecutions created a strong and public link between witches and communicating with spirits.

  2. Spirit board

    It is believed spirits can be contacted and communicated with by using the talking board.

  3. Oracle board

    Answers to questions are often sought from the talking board. Some users claim special powers to be able to interpret messages using a talking board.

  4. Mystic board

    Mystics are believed to have a direct contact with the spirit world and have special intuitive powers. It is believed that the talking board can contribute to their knowledge of unseen things.

  5. Devil board

    Used most commonly in Christian circles because it is believed the only spirit reached with a talking board is the devil and any "friendly" spirit, is just the devil impersonating passed on loved ones and other "friendly" spirits.

  6. Channeling board

    It is believed the talking board will assist in channeling spirits and communicating with them.

  7. Talking board

    Refers to any of the board-like devices used to communicate with the spirit world.

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      spellbindingsis 5 years ago

      I have never used one but, would like to. Can you use it alone? Is buying a used board a bad idea? Love this Lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      the ouija board is not something to play with if you have one and you used it and it worked you are now sinned and in my words you made the present stronger,strong enough to do eney thing,so you need to burn the ouija board then get out of that house,hopely the demon does not follow,but remember some teens like to full around with thes things just to note its not a game,and your going bye the devils rule not gods.

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      zuleozu 9 years ago

      Hi, I found an original Genuine Ouija Board listing on ebay now (not by me).I have featured it on my lens.