How To Make A Ouija Board

How to make an Ouija board

Intrigued by the mystique of the Ouija board? Then you aren’t alone. Also known as spirit or talking boards, these powerful tools for spirit communication are extremely popular for speaking to the dead – particularly to loved ones who have passed. While store-bought boards exist, high-quality ones can be pretty expensive. Luckily, there’s a great solution to this problem – make one of your own!

If you want to learn how to make a Ouija for your personal conduit into the unknown, this guide has everything you need to know. From materials to customisation, we’ll teach you how to create a Ouija board from scratch. But, be warned, there are dangers to the Ouija Board.

How To Make A Ouija Board: A Step-By-Step Guide

1. Gather your materials

To make your own Ouija, you’ll need different materials depending on whether you want to make a paper or wooden board. Here are the main materials you need for each method:

Materials for paper boards

  1. Large sheet of paper: You’ll need a large sheet of paper (an A5 works nicely) to serve as the base of your Ouija board.
  2. Writing tools: Grab a pencil, pen, or markers for adding letters, numbers, and symbols.

Materials for wooden boards

  1. Wood board: Choose a smooth, rectangular wooden board. You may also need sandpaper to smooth it out.
  2. Soldering iron with calligraphy tip (optional): If you want to solder the letters into the board, you will need a soldering iron. The easiest way to solder directly onto the board is by using a calligraphy tip. You will also need an old cloth to clean it when you’re done.
  3. Transfer paper and printed letters (optional): To save time, you can print the letters, numbers, and symbols and use transfer paper to place them directly onto your board.
  4. Paint and paintbrushes (optional): If you want to personalise your Ouija game, you can use paints in any colour. You will also need paintbrushes with this method.
  5. Wood varnish: To seal the wood once you’re done, you will need wood varnish.
  6. Pencil: To create a stencil for where you will place the elements on the board, use a pencil. Just be sure to erase pencil marks before sealing it.

2. Choose the base material for your board

Start by choosing a base material for your DIY Ouija board. Some of the most common choices are paper and wood. If you’re opting for paper, make sure to choose a large sheet to accommodate letters, numbers, and words.

3. Cut and shape the board

For a paper Ouija board, you can cut or tear it to fit the size you want.

On the other hand, if you want a wooden board, then you’re going to want a rectangular piece that has already been smoothed. Otherwise, you can smooth it out using sandpaper. Try to make sure that the edges are smooth and dull to avoid accidentally injuring yourself.

4. Add elements

Next, you’ll want to add in your elements. This includes the letters, numbers, symbols, and words that you would usually find on a Ouija. It’s important to know how to arrange these elements, though, as this is what opens the line of communication to summon spirits.

Before you get started, you may want to map out where all the elements should go with a pencil. Just be sure to erase any markings you make! You can also add printed letters, paint them on, or solder them onto the board with a soldering iron.

You should include at least the letters, numbers, and the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’. You can focus on adding symbols and extras once these have been included (but more on this later…).

Yes, no and goodbye

Start by adding the word ‘YES’ in the top left-hand corner and the word ‘NO’ in the top right-hand corner. You can also add the word ‘OUIJA’ or the phrase ‘SPIRIT BOARD’ between them. While this isn’t necessary, it adds a touch of authenticity to your finished product.

At the very bottom of the board, add the word ‘GOODBYE’ in the centre. This is what you’ll use to end your session.


The letters should start on the left of the board and go in alphabetical order to the right of the board. Additionally, you will want to arch these rows of letters.

Ouija boards usually have two lines of letters, with the top row starting from A and ending at M. The second row should be from N to Z, like this:

  • Row 1: A B C D E F G H I J K L M
  • Row 2: N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Below the letters, you can include the numbers 0 – 9. Be sure to start with the number 1 and end with the 0, so that it looks like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0


If you’d like to personalise your board, you can add the symbol of a sun and moon. The sun should be just above the ‘YES’ in the top left-hand corner, while the moon is above the ‘NO’.

You can also add any other symbols or pictures you’d like. Remember, this is your Ouija board, so it can include anything you’d like. You can also add the elements in any colours you’d like. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to decorate your Ouija.

5. Design and craft the planchette

Select a material for your planchette. For paper boards, you can use a small drinking glass or clear plastic to fashion one. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is clear or be prepared to cut a small hole out of it so that you can see the letters it lands on! This is an important factor for conducting a séance.

If you’re creating a wooden board, you can also create a more intricate wooden planchette in the shape of an elongated heart or circle. Again, you will need to ensure there is a viewing hole in the base of the planchette so that you can communicate effectively during your first talking board séance.

6. (Optional) Seal the Ouija board

When you’re done creating your board, you may want to protect it from being damaged. This final step is optional but can help to keep your DIY Ouija board in tip-top shape.

For paper Ouija boards, covering them with a glass or sheet protector can work well and is an easy way to stop them from tearing during use.

On the other hand, wooden boards will need more protection since they’re prone to scratching and more permanent damage. You can seal the wood using a wood sealant or varnish.

Since they’re not as easy to make as a paper Ouija, this step may be more important for wooden boards. The last thing you want is to ruin your new creation, right?


Are homemade Ouija boards effective?

Homemade Ouija boards can be just as effective as store-bought ones. This is because it’s more about the intention you have when you’re using them rather than the board itself.

Whatever material you choose to use, just be sure to set clear intentions beforehand, and you may just be able to have a spirit come through to communicate with you!

Can anyone use a Ouija board?

Yes, anyone can use Ouija boards. However, it’s important to know what implications it may have for you. For example, some religious texts warn against using these communication devices to speak to spirits. Otherwise, you may risk negative spiritual complications.

Are Ouija boards safe to use?

Ouija boards are completely safe to use – as long as you use them correctly! You should always start by stating your name and your intentions before inviting spirits to speak with you. According to psychic Stacy Aylan, you should also always end the session properly. She says “To properly end your session on the Ouija board you must be polite to the spirit and say goodbye to them.”

Final Thoughts

There you have it – how to make a personal Ouija from start to finish. And now that you have a new board at hand, you can start to communicate with spirits. But be warned! It’s important to learn the Ouija board rules and know how to use a Ouija board to avoid upsetting the spirits or bringing about unintended consequences…


Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!