Ofuda are magical talismans or amulets that originate from China/Japan. They are used for anything such as protection or business to increasing your love life. Originally, they belong to the Shinto, Taoist, or Buddhist traditions of Asia, though they could really be adapted into any religion. The standard ofuda is made of paper or cloth, and have the names of any spirit or god on it, along with a prayer, spell, or incantation, written in kanji. (Chinese characters) You may have seen ofuda on popular anime shows such as Inuyasha or Blue Exorcist.
To make an ofuda, you will need the following materials:
Ink (I usually make my own ink, for magical purposes.)
Brush or pen to apply ink to paper
Knowledge of kanji (According to tradition, it MUST be written in kanji. If you don't know any, just go to Google translate.)
Herbs, essential oils or magic waters(Optional. To rub on paper and increase magical powers)
Name of deity you choose to help fulfill the ofuda's purpose
A reason to make it
First, you will need to cut the paper to the desired size and shape. Usually, ofuda are in the shape of a rectangle standing upright, but they could also be circular, triangular, or square. If you chose to use oil or water or herbs, apply them to the back of the paper and let dry over night. When dry, you will need to write the name of your chosen deity on the top of the slip of paper. Make their name the largest character on the page. In the middle, write your incantation or prayer. I usually like to outline the center characters with a sort of a box-like shape. You may choose to write on the outer sides or edges other small, short prayers to your deity. (This is also optional.)
You may also choose to write down any sigils or symbols to further specify the ofuda's purpose.
Now that the ofuda has been made, I would recommend letting it sit out on your altar for a few days or sit it out in the sun or moonlight, to collect more power.
To enchant it, light some of your favorite incense and candles, meditate on your purpose for the ofuda, try to get in contact with your deity, pass it through the incense and flame a few times, and channel your energy into the paper.
And there you go! Now you have your very own talisman, just like in the animes! You may now take the ofuda and attach it to a doorway, a wall or ceiling, lay it on your altar, keep it with you wherever you go, or whatever! Make sure to give thanks to the talisman and deity whenever you can, and when a year has past, or your purpose has been fulfilled, you must born it and release it in fire, or choose to renew it, of course.