I am currently updating and upgrading my Travel Altar (a new post will be posted here when it’s finished) and I finally decided to make a mini Ouija Board. It,s an idea that I have since the very first iteration of my Travel Altar, but I never had the time to actually do it. Now, it’s finished! It’s cute and — best of all — it works!
DISCLAIMER: This Ouija Board is unique. I only made one copy of it and it’s not for sale. I’m well aware of the Copyrights, and I already own 3 versions of the Ouija Board published by Hasbro/Parker Brothers. This handmade reproduction is only for my own enjoyment. Thanks for your understanding.
Firstly, I bought a wooden plaque that already resemble to the proportions of the Ouija talking board. I also bought a small wooden cutout, this one shaped as a star. This will be the base for my planchette. Then, I printed the “Ouija” board pattern on paper, set with the exact same size as the wooden plaque. I did the same for the planchette (I used a vintage design for this one). It had to be sized to fit inside the wooden star. Using the printout of the planchette, I cut the wooden star to form the planchette shape with an X-Acto knife.
Now, I had to patiently cut a hole in the plachette. I used the X-Acto blade and lots of patience!
When the hole is roughly done, I used a file to perfect the shape of the “eye”, while using a template as guide.
After the hole was complete, a sanded the planchette.
I decided to the last minute to add a “screen” to the planchette. Knowing I am to use a self-adhesive film for the final step, I added a transparent piece of vinyl (cut from a Clear Sheet Protector). This one is not glued (yet).
Then, I sealed the “screen” with the cutout design. Being surrounded by the glued cutout, the “screen” won’t move.
Then a glued the Ouija Board cutout on the rectangular wooden plaque. When dried, I cut the extra paper on the side, and rounded the corners. The last step was to protect the printed designs with a self-adhesive film. It’s particularly complex, but you need to focus and be sure to not have any air bubbles when applying it.
And that’s it! It’s small, but it works. If people are making working talking boards with simply a quick drawing on a piece of paper and an upside-down drinking glass (or a shot glass) for a planchette, I knew my mini version was to be workable too! This version is too small to be used by more than one people tough. I will only use it when I’m alone. Anyway — as a side note — I never use a Ouija board with others. I’m using this tool to connect with my ancestors and I couldn’t do this with others in the room. The way I use this particular mini version is by placing the tip of two fingers (I’m using my index and my middle finder of my projective/strong hand) on the “OUIJA” surface of the planchette pointing up. I’m very glad with the results! This talking board will be stored in my Travel Altar. It’s always good to have this tool on hand! Good luck making yours! 🙂