How to Make a Ouija Board

Metaphysical DIY: Learn How to Make a Ouija Board. The Ouija board enjoyed its heyday simultaneously with the Spiritualist movement. Séances and lectures were commonplace, where the people tried to communicate with the dead. As it happens with any new trend, commerce jumped on the bandwagon.

After several hits-and-misses, the talking board was developed in 1886. However, Elijah Bond patented the first commercial Ouija board in 1891 and it became a popular fortune telling oracle of the time. Bond said the board advised him that “Ouija” meant “good luck” in Egyptian.

Its original intention was to open portals into higher realms of consciousness, as well as to contact spirit guides, deceased relatives and communicate with spirits from the other side.

Mainstream religions have banned the use of this oracle. Many people refuse to participate in Ouija-ing for fear of contacting malevolent spirits. For this reason, never sit with Ouija in a graveyard, because you may well generate unenlightened entities.

Even if you have a pure intent for fortune telling, consulting it as an oracle, or for delving into the mysteries of the other side, take safety precautions when working with your Ouija board.

For instance, spirits and alcoholic spirits don’t mix well. High-strung, stressed out people should not sit with Ouija. It is good to have a spiritually balanced person present to repel “bad” vibrations.

So – all you DIY’ers – READY – SET – CREATE!

How to Make a Ouija Board

Here's how to make a Ouija Board

Gather your materials:

  • Locate a Ouija board picture on the internet that you like. Use it as a basic pattern.
  • A hard surface board or small table top
  • Paint - your preferred color
  • The Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Clear varnish if desired (this method works well on a table top)


  1. Create an arc by painting letters of the alphabet directly on the board or table. Put A-M on the first line and N-Z on the next line.
  2. Repeat process for numbers 0-9.
  3. Paint the word “Yes” on the top left and “No” on the top right side of the board. “Goodbye” goes on the bottom of your Ouija board.
  4. Affix personal bling, such as crescent moon, sun, stars, zodiac signs, on your board.
The Ouija Board needs a Planchette

The Planchette:

This little, but mighty important tool, is a bit more challenging for the DIY’er to construct. (Many Ouija-ers use a clear shot glass.) Get a thin piece of pretty wood or hard, clear plastic. Study this picture to get an idea of what a planchette looks like. Cut the desired material into a traditional triangle, heart or whatever shape you fancy.

Shape one end into a point and attach three little legs to the planchette, so that spirits can “point” to the letters/numbers.

Mainstream Christianity strongly forbids Ouija boards, believing they are a “tool of the Devil”. Oppositely, Ouija-friendly people believe it an authentic divining tool, which opens doorways to the other side, making it possible to commune with helping spirits, who will provide valuable insights and information.   

And remember – it takes two to Ouija!

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