DIY Book Safe

When I was a little girl, I loved creating secret hiding spaces for all of my valuables (which was probably only about four dollars and a couple of cocktail rings). My mom taught me how to make this book safe back then, and I’m still a big fan of the idea. I got this Jane Austen compilation book a few weeks back for 25 cents at a library book sale and thought it was perfect for this project.

(For those who can’t even possibly imagine cutting a book apart, this project is definitely not for you.)

You’ll need a measuring tape (or a ruler), a piece of cardstock, a paintbrush, a craft knife (like an X-ACTO knife), a pencil, some scissors, some Mod Podge, and a thick book.

Start by dipping your paint in Mod Podge and sealing the outer pages together.

After that dries, measure your book pages, and cut your piece of cardstock to 2″ less than your book page measurements on both sides. Because my book pages measured 6″ by 9″, I cut my piece of cardstock to 4″ x 7″. Place the cardstock in the middle of the first page and trace around it with a pencil.

Using your craft knife, follow the line you just made and make precise cuts. Be very careful, as these knives are sharp.

Keep cutting. It will probably take you an hour or so of cutting, but be persistent because the end result is so worth it! Depending on how new your blade is on your craft knife, you can get 4 or 5 pages per cut.

When you’re happy with the depth of your new safe, dip your paintbrush in Mod Podge again and “paint” the inside of the book so the pages stick together.

Allow your book to dry for at least an hour. Now you can place all of your valuables inside the book and place it on your shelf! As you can see, my “valuables” are pretty much the same as they were when I was a little girl. 🙂

Happy crafting!

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