User Reviewed

How to Create a Ouija Board

Four Parts:Printable BoardPaper BoardsWood BoardsDesigning Your Board

A Ouija Board, also known as a "Spirit Board", is any flat surface printed with letters, numbers, and other symbols, that is used to answer questions from people at a seance. The participants place their fingertips on a planchette or some other movable indicator that then moves around the board to spell out messages.

Printable Board

Printable Ouija Board

Part 1
Paper Boards

Method 1: Written

  1. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 1.jpeg
    Cover a large piece of paper with letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, and the words "Yes", "No", "Hello" and "Goodbye".
  2. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 2.jpeg
    Lay the letters in a circle, putting a sun in the top left hand corner and next to that the word "yes". On the right side put a moon, and next to that put the word "no" then put the numbers outside the circle on a table. Use a tumbler turned upside down on top of the paper as a pointer.
  3. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 3
    Sit around the table with a couple of friends. Each of you place one hand lightly on the up-turned glass. Decide who will ask the questions. Another person could be taking notes.

Method 2: Cut

  1. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 4.jpeg
    Start by writing out all of the letters in one or two rows, making sure that the characters are large enough to read.
  2. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 5
    In the row below that write the numbers 0-9.
  3. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 6
    Write out “Yes”, “No” and “Goodbye” symbols, which will make communicating with the spirits easier. You can add any other phrases you wish.
  4. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 7
    Cut out the characters, numbers, words, and phrases.
  5. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 8
    Adhere them with glue to the paper according to your desired layout.
  6. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 9
    To make the pointer slide, you can make it a smooth surface. Glass or sheet protector should be fine!
  7. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 10
    Voila! You are ready to have your first talking board séance!

Part 2
Wood Boards

  1. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 11.jpeg
    Get your materials. You'll need a wood board, sanded and smooth. You'll also need paint, varnish (or another clear coating), and a soldering iron (with a calligraphy tip or similar). Pencil and paper will also help.
  2. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 12.jpeg
    Practice. Soldering irons are a little tricky. Practice on some scrap wood first so that you can see how slow you need to go and how hard you need to press. It will also give you the chance to figure how to move it in order to get different shapes.
  3. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 13
    Get your board prepped. Make sure the wood is clean and smooth.
  4. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 14
    Draw out your design. You can draw the design free-hand or you can use a "cheat", such as printing the characters onto transfer paper or you can purchase ink stamps from a craft store.
    • Make sure the designs are not too small or detailed, especially if you do not have a lot of experience with a soldering iron.
  5. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 15.jpeg
    Go over the designs with the soldering iron. Draw over the design with the iron. Don't rush yourself. Look at it in different lights to be sure that it looks right.
  6. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 16.jpeg
    Let it cool and clean the surface. Let the burned areas cool and then brush off any excess material. Erase pencil marks and other marks and gently wipe the whole surface with a lightly damp cloth. Let it dry before going on.
  7. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 17
    Varnish the surface. The varnish or other clear coating will create the smooth surface necessary to make the planchette work. Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for whatever finish you decide to use. You will likely need to do several coats and each one takes a long time to dry correctly. Set aside plenty of time for this project.
  8. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 18.jpeg
    Add further details. You can paint on even more details once the varnish has dried completely. Details are best painted on in the second to last layer of varnish, so long as it is clear and not colored.

Part 3
Designing Your Board

  1. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 19
    Choose your layout. There are a number of ways that you can lay out your board. The design isn't so important, so long as you have all of the necessary symbols. You need to include at least the letters of the alphabet, numbers 0-9, and the words "yes","no", and "farewell".
    • Use the traditional layout if you want to. This is where the letters are written out in two slightly-arced lines at the center, with yes/no above and the numbers and farewell below.
    • You could also use a diamond layout. In this design, the letters are written in a diamond shape, with each of the four points lining up with the center of that side of the board. The numbers are written inside this diamond and the corners are allocated for the words (allowing for an additional phrase, like "not now").
    • You could also try a circular layout. This design is similar to the diamond, but uses an oval shape instead.
  2. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 20.jpeg
    Choose your font. Choose a font which fits with the design of your ouija board. Gothic fonts are good choices, as are many Western-themed fonts. You can, however, choose whatever you like best. Write some test text in a word editor to get an idea of what you think looks best.
  3. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 21
    Choose your embellishments. Many believe it's a good idea to add certain symbols to the corners or other location on your board. Beliefs vary, but common symbols include: the moon, sun, and stars; the symbols for the elements; the symbols for the planets; and symbols or images in neurologically significant quantities (12, 13, 7, 3, etc).
    • You can also embellish your board with physical objects, such as set spots for candles, attached stones (quartz is good for this purpose), or places to put the elements (a bowl of water, a branch, etc).
  4. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 22
    Choose your colors. Choose a color scheme for your board. Darker, earth tones tend to be better at calling forth the spirits, but if you're looking to contact particularly cheerful spirits, there's nothing wrong with using colors you think they'd prefer. If you're trying to contact someone in particular, try their favorite color.
    • Try to use colors that contrast well. You want to be able to see your text easily.
  5. Image titled Create a Ouija Board Step 23.jpeg
    Choose your planchette. You'll need a planchette (the device where you place your hands) in order to use your ouija board. You can rescue one from a random set you find at a dollar store, or you can make your own.


  • The quality of the answers you receive while using the Ouija Board will depend on the quality of the questions asked. Ask a serious question and you will get a serious answer. Ask a silly question and you will get a silly answer.
  • When an angry spirit comes to play, say a prayer and get off for the night. You may not believe in evil spirits but don't disrespect people who do! Just stay calm and remember its your board not theirs.
  • No one can agree on whether Ouija is real or not. Some believe it calls on spirits from beyond to answer questions, while others believe that subconsciously, you move the glass. Keep an open mind and remember to respect the beliefs of others.
  • When you are done, put the pointer on goodbye and then fold up the board. Some believe it is preferable not to leave it open.
  • Some people believe that the spirits are real and that if you are not careful you can upset the spirits around you and get an unwelcome visitor in your home. Treat the board with respect if you're concerned about this. Imagine a pure white light surrounding you for protection.
  • Remember, you are in control and there is nothing to be afraid of but fear itself.
  • If you or your friends are nervous, tired or unwell. Do not use the board. Anything that ends up at the board can sense what you're feeling, and you may end up with a demon. As long as you're all confident and well you should be fine.
  • If things start to get scary, like things moving, or general poltergeist activity, it would be safe to stop for the night.
  • To make your talking board using some traditional talking board-style letters, visit Harold's Fonts for some free downloads. Three ouija fonts that are available are Cap'n Howdy, Mystic Prophet, and Sideshow. You certainly don't have to limit yourself to these three, however, as there are hundreds to choose from.


  • Any attempts to communicate with the dead or other spirits should not be taken lightly (in other words do not attempt to speak with certain spirit in particular, let them come to you, never ask for a spirit to come) and should not be done by the inexperienced. There are plenty of stories on the net. Take some time and read some of them before considering playing with a ouija.
  • The real danger is when you ask for physical proof of the existence of the spirits you attempt to contact. When you "ask for a sign", you literally open a door between the physical and spiritual world and allow the spirits to enter. As a result, future problems can and often do arise.
  • Just remember that the homemade ouija boards that are made of wood tend to work better than those of paper. If the paper is bent or folded, the spirits will be appalled and stay away. This is a good thing when you are too afraid to play but a friend keeps bugging you. All you have to do is bend the paper and not tell them that it would not work then.
  • Scientifically, there is, of course, no evidence that the above points apply, since the words are formed in the subconscious of the user rather than 'spiritual intervention' (or, in some cases, deliberately by the user as a trick to others). Hence, although the results can be surprising, scientific evidence would suggest they arise in the user in a process similar to dreams or hallucinations.

Things You'll Need

Paper Boards

  • A pair of scissors
  • A sheet of cardboard or cardstock
  • A pen or a marker
  • Glue

Wood Boards

  • A wood board, sanded and smooth
  • Paint
  • Varnish or another clear coating
  • A soldering iron with a calligraphy tip or similar
  • Pencil and paper (optional)
  • Transfer paper (optional)
  • Ink stamps (optional)

Sources and Citations

Article Info

Featured Article

Categories: Featured Articles | Ouija Boards