DIY: Book Safe



Alright guys, are you ready for another book-torial?!! (If you missed the first tutorial on how to cover books with fabric, be sure to check it out here.)

Today we're making a top secret book safe for all your pretty little treasures.  Shall we get started?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You'll Need:


Book (I used one of the books I made with the DIY: Covered Book tutorial.)

Mod Podge

Ruler (I used a square ruler, as shown above.)

Pencil

Xacto knife

Piece of cardboard

Scissors

Sand paper


Method:

1. Mark where you'd like the hole to be inside the book.  You'll want to leave an edge that is at least 3/4 of an inch thick.


2. Use the knife and your ruler to cut through the pages along the outline you drew.  I liked using the square ruler because it helped me create neat corners while cutting.



3.  When you get close to the last pages insert a piece of cardboard between the pages you want to cut and the book cover.  This will prevent you from accidentally slicing through the book cover.


4.  Once you finish cutting you will want to touch up the rough spots.  I fine tuned the edges with some scissors and a piece of sandpaper.



5.  Now, it's time to glue the pages together.  I brushed Mod Podge along the page edges both on the inside of the hole I cut out and the outside of the book.  It is important to only use a little bit of Mod Podge to keep the pages from wrinkling due to the moisture.  


6. Place some wax paper between the wet pages and the book cover to keep the book from becoming glued shut.  Stack some heavy books on top to apply pressure so that the pages will dry flat.  (Note: You'll need to do several coats of the Mod Podge to securely adhere the pages together.  Be sure to allow each coat to dry before applying the next.)


Ta-da!  That's pretty much it.  I'm still trying to figure out what type of closure to use.  I'm thinking magnets might do the trick, but I haven't found any that were super thin and strong enough to keep the book closed.  Do you guys have any suggestions?  If so, you rawk!  :)



So, what will you be hiding in your book safe?






42 comments:

  1. I love this!!! A place to stash my chocolate while I'm reading my Nicholas Sparks! :-)

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  2. LOVE it! I have to agree with Ashley, probably chocolate!

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  3. Super cool! It's like something from Indiana Jones...

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  4. Ooo really good idea. And It seems so cute. I like it.. :))
    xoxo

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  5. I love this! I've always wanted to try this and you make it look so easy!

    P.S. I answered your fall question on my blog :)

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  6. I made one of these a few months ago and it took me FOREVER to cut the pages! Provided I didn't use a square and was eyeballing pretty much everything, but it is a fun project & I think I'll do it again.

    Yours is very pretty. I love the fabric you covered the book with. :)

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  7. Oooh-sum! Meaning, awesome ^^

    I'm staring at a pile of old books (didn't care if those were good when bought them for 10 cents /piece, just wanted them for their cute backs). Hopefully I'll have some spare time soon so I could try these two tutorials !

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  8. Nice work, Erica! I'm still working on my fabric covered guest book ...the covering part is done (which was so easy thanks to your tutorial) just working on making it pretty. :)

    Stephanie
    owlsinmyheart.blogspot.com

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  9. Really cool! Thank you for sharing this bright idea. =D

    http://sassychunny.blogspot.com/

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  10. So cute and functional! The fabric you chose is so pretty!

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  11. So cute! I love this .. i want to store my rings in here! Maybe I’ll line with some velvet. Definitely will try this.

    xo everything-pretty.com

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  12. thanks for your comment, this DIY project is beautiful....
    kisses

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  13. Oh my gosh, I love your tutorials! I love your whole blog... thanks for stopping by!!

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  14. so cute! You are so creative. I think I would put a candy stash in mine :)

    It reminds me of a church camp out I went to in high school and we weren't allowed to bring our electronics, so a couple of the boys cut their bibles like this and smuggled their ipods and cell phones in! Theirs didn't look nearly as cute!

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  15. This is so cool! I always wanted one of those when I was little and a diary with a lock as well.
    I never thought about, what I would have to hide.
    I think I just love the romantic idea about a secret.

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  16. Love this idea with the cover!!!

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  17. What a fun idea! We have so many books around that I ought to turn them into useful like this. The fabric covers are great!

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  18. I cannot even find one book to do this..lol..all of my books are in bad shape...but this is so cool. I always admire how creative you are...love the book cover btw..so pretty:)..you should start thinking of doing sth DIY for PET:P

    Cheers

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  19. This is such a cute idea but i would feel so bad using a book to make it :)

    I am so glad I made you smile with my Monday post! It means my mission is accomplished :)

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  20. Love this idea, I would use it to store my secret stash of chocolate, so no thieving fingers get it lol :).

    Rachael xx.

    http://theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Nice job cutting the paper out of the book! haha I'm not sure if I'm talented enough for that. If I had a book safe I'd keep some old jewelry in it.

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  22. This is adorable! It sounds like it is easy enough for me to do -- which says a lot.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  23. Oh aren't you a crafty little thing?! I love this tutorial....I would use it to store love notes and jewellery

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  24. Possibly the smartest, most darling DIY ever!! Adore this!

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  25. Omg, I absolutely love this!
    The pattern is super cute and the idea is ingenius.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Jordan :)

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  26. Omg, I absolutely love this!
    The pattern is super cute and the idea is ingenius.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Jordan :)

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  27. I have always wanted a book with a secret compartment. That's how my husband proposed and my friend made me a book planter. Great diy!

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  28. Oh man, I've always loved those secret compartment books in the movies. I'm going to make myself one of these!!

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  29. I know this is a really old post, but I think I have an idea for a closure. What about cutting a little notch in the pages for a thin neodymium magnet? Then embed another one a few pages down. That way it would close but still be flat.

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    1. Robin, thanks so much for this idea! I love how with doing it with a magnet like you describe you won't even be able to see the closure. Genius! :)

      I'm going to look around for some of those magnets. :)

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  30. I love this! I've been looking for a cool box for ages to store all my rings in and this seems perfect! Can't wait to try it out!

    Ria x

    lb-chronicles.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. If you don't have sand paper I used a nail file and that worked :)

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    1. A nail file would be perfect for getting into all those tight corners. Thanks for the tip! It's a brilliant idea. :)

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  32. I never thought it would be that hard to cut off this middle part of book. ... :O

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    1. It definitely takes a while to cut out the pages.

      I did a little bit everyday until I was done, so that I didn't have to do it all at once and I could give my hands a break.

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  33. Check out home depot for "super magnets". They come in all shapes and sizes and hold ridiculous amounts! I love using them for all sorts of projects.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check them out! :)

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    2. You're welcome! If you have a Dremel tool it makes cutting the pages go faster & turned out just as precise. I tried it on my 2nd book and it was so much easier! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Good stuff!

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    3. The Dremel tool is a great idea! I don't have one, but it sure would be handy. Cutting those pages by hand does get a bit tedious. Thanks for the tip!! :)

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