Altered Book Safe

This book safe is a great way to hide things on your bookshelf or in your school bag or locker.

by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)

What you need

1 Hard cover book
Craft Knife
Velvet or felt
White craft Glue
Sponge brush


Take a hard covered book that is at least 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) thick to provide you with enough depth to store items in it.

Open the front cover and turn over a few pages so you are about 10-20 pages into the book. Secure the pages with a rubber band or paper clip. This will prevent them getting in your way.

Take a ruler and measure a rectangle leave a border of about 1/2 inch (1.5cm) from the outside edge. Mark the rectangle with a pencil.

Next take your white craft glue and add a little water to it to make it thinner and easier to spread.

Start from the back of the book and glue each page down including the hard back of the book with a few dabs of the glue around the edges. Remember we will be cutting the middle of all the pages away so keep the glue to the outside. Make sure you keep the pages flat as you glue.

Glue all the pages until you get to the page with the rectangle drawn on it. Then glue that page down also.

Allow the book to dry. Add some heavy weight to keep the pages flat whilst drying.

Once dried use your craft blade to cut out the rectangle.

You can press down hard with the craft knife to cut multiple pages at a time. Keep doing this till you reach the bottom. Leave a few pages on the bottom and make sure you do not cut through the hard back cover on the bottom.

Take your felt or velvet and line the square by gluing it into place. Finish off the edges with some ribbon or binding.

Add 2 pieces or ribbon to the front and back of the book so you can tie it to keep the book closed.

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