DIY Secret Book Safe

It's time for our monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge!

I gotta tell you though... after participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop my creativity is a little zapped... naaahhhh, not really but I do need a little break!😊

I really look forward to our Thrifty Chicks challenge though so I wouldn't miss that!!

Today's challenge is books! There are so many things you can do with old books... like read them!!! Ha Ha!

I decided to make a little secret book safe!

How to make a secret safe from an old book!

I really love the covers on the old Reader's Digest books. There is a local thrift store that has boxes full of them, most still have the dust jackets on them and it's a little bit like a treasure hunt peeking under each jacket to see what the book covers look like!

I chose this pretty green one to make my safe.

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Supplies Needed

Start by opening your book to a spot where you want to create your secret safe. I went in 66 pages (totally random, it doesn't matter if you go 66 or 100 pages in).

Then measure and draw lines where you will begin cutting your pages. I measured in 1" on all edges and 1/2" on the inside edge.

Use the ruler or straight edge to begin cutting so you have a straight line. Use a sharp razor blade and push down so you can cut as many pages as possible at once. I am very impatient so I wanted to get this part done!

Once you determine how deep you want your hole, put the self-healing cutting mat under the pages so you don't cut through too far.

No matter how hard you try you will not end up with a perfectly straight inside edge, it's ok... go with it 😉

Once you have your area cut out and the edges cleaned up as good as you can, clamp the pages and use the Mod Podge to coat the edges, both inside the hole you cut and the outside edges of the pages.

The Mod Podge acts as a glue and glues your pages into a solid block.

Put waxed paper between this area and the top layer of pages (the 66 or 100 pages that you went into your book) so they don't get stuck together.

I originally clamped the glued pages to dry but then I realized that the clamps were leaving indentations on the pages so I took them off, closed the book, and set a bunch more books on top and let it dry.

Mine dried for about 11 hours while I was at work but it should only take about 30 minutes.

I decided to paint the inside of my safe with coordinating paint but you don't have to do this part.

I also added a piece of vintage velvet ribbon with a sewn on Butterfly charm for a fake bookmark.

Here is my collection of pretty Reader's Digest books... hmmm... I wonder which one is the safe!!

Oh! It's this one!

Looks like a normal book...

But it's a secret book safe!!

You could hide your jewelry, money, or special letters and pictures.

Just about anything and no one will be the wiser!

Be sure to check out the other ladies' book projects below!


Tuula at Thrifty Rebel Vintage - Book Wreath Made of Vintage Mini Books
Lora at Lora B. Create & Ponder - How to Make an Easy Book Tree
Diana at Adirondack Girl at Heart - Vintage Christmas Card Artwork + Free Printable

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