Monday, July 22, 2013

How to make your own booksafe

I've always wanted a book safe. I blame it on reading too many Nancy Drew novels as a kid, since you have to hide something in every good mystery. So, I recently decided to make one and today I am sharing how it is done. What you will need is:

  • A large hardcover book (I used a seriously out of date 1980s era science book from the thrift store. Science has come so far since then, that I didn't feel guilty for cutting up a book!)

  • Mod Podge

  • Xacto Knife

  • Pencil and Ruler

First, you will need to open the back cover and slather the inside of the back with Mod Podge. Lay all of the pages on the back cover in a neat stack and weight them down if necessary. Next, generously slather Mod Podge on the edges of the pages, multiple coats may be needed. This will bind the pages together so that you can cut out the center later without fear of pages shifting. Mod Podge dries clear, so you don't have to worry about any discoloration.

When the Mod Podge has dried, open the front cover and using the pencil and ruler, draw the rectangle that you will eventually cut out. I left at least a 1.5 in. border between the edge of the book and the beginning of cut out. Next, take the Xacto knife and start carefully cutting.

And keep carefully cutting until you get down to the back cover. This does take awhile, but is worth it! After you've reached the back cover and are finished cutting, it's time for more Mod Podge. Liberally apply it to the inside of the cut out area, making sure to get the edges of the paper that make up the sides. When the Mod Podge is completely dried, your booksafe is ready to use! Enjoy!

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