Looking to hide some loot in plain sight? Or maybe you simply want a hidden charging station for your iPhone? There are plenty of ways to use a hollowed out book and it is an easy craft for DIY’ers. This tutorial will show you how to hollow out a book and make a secret compartment. This cool book safe makes a great gift for adults and kids alike. It is a great way to conceal hidden treasure.
Secret Compartment Hollowed Out Book DIY
Hollowed Out Book Supplies
First things first, get the supplies ready for the project. Here is the checklist:
- Book – the book needs to be a hard cover and decently think.
- Foam paint brush – must be narrower than the thickness of the book.
- Metal ruler
- Pencil or pen
- Utility knife (or box cutter or x-acto knife or craft knife)
- Dremel (optional but nice to speed up work)
- Mod Podge (or Elmer’s white glue)
- Saran Wrap (plastic wrap or cling wrap)
- A heavy object that can easily sit on the book
You can usually find some great old books as a used book store for super cheap prices. Pick a hardcover book that is the right size to blend in others on your book case. This little trick will help your book safes to be even more inconspicuous as a secret hiding place.
How To Hollow Out A Book With A Dremel
So you want to make a book with a hidden compartment? It is a easy and cool project to do for yourself. Additionally, this DIY book safe would also be a very cool DIY gift to give to a friend or family member. Here is how to hollow out a book and turn it into a homemade book safe.
Gluing the Loose Pages
The first step is to pull open the cover of the book along with the first 2 pages. You will cover this top of the book section with the Saran Wrap to keep glue away.
Get the adhesive concoction ready by making a well-mixed solution of half Mod Podge and half water. Use the foam brush to apply the solution to the sides of the book. Don’t be shy about applying good amounts of glue as it needs to soak in at least an inch to keep the pages together. However, try to keep the brush away from the outside surface of the back cover as the water can leave a stain.
After applying a sufficient amount of glue, close the book and set the heavy object on top. Let the water evaporate out and the glue set at least an hour or two. Wait longer for larger books or if you are unsure if the glue is dried.
Cut the Pages
Use the ruler and pencil to outline the desired perimeter of the hollow spot at the top of the glued pages. Cut the first couple of pages with the utility knife and the metal ruler as guide to keep the lines straight. Then start cutting into the pages with the utility knife or Dremel 20-30 pages at a time. If you do use a Dremel, keep in mind that it is likely to “burn” to edges of the pages. Personally, I kind of like the burns as it gives the book a distressed look.
Clean away all the paper debris and apply glue to the inside of the cavity. This will help to seal in the pages together even better and protect against wear and tear.
More Glue and One Cut
Remember those first couple of pages at the beginning of the book that we didn’t glue? Move the Saran Wrap to only include the front cover and the first page. Glue the page closest to the glued pages on top of the rest and compress the book again. This will help cover up all the cut marks.
It should only take 20 minutes or so for the glue to dry. Once you confirm that the page is dried, carefully cut it along the perimeter of the hollowed out cavity with a utility knife. You should be able to see through the page in good light to keep along the edge.
Remove the Saran Wrap and your diy hollow book is ready for action. If you want to run a cord into the hollow spot for a phone, simply drill a hole in the side of the book.
If you are wondering what book to use for this DIY book safe, try shopping at a thrift store or used book store for a thick, uninteresting book. You can sometimes buy a hollow book but they are usually more obvious. What I like about using a real book is that it has your normal wear and tear and a normal title. But it is your secret book and that makes it special!
I hope you enjoy this great homemade book cut out project. Your hollowed book is a great place to hide a spare key or keep your love letters!
About the Author
Tyler is a DIY blogger from HomeSpot HQ, a free web app for helping homeowners with maintenance, projects, record keeping, and more.
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I have one of these I inherited with money hidden in it. Cool, huh?
Tyler @ HomeSpot HQ says
Very cool! The beauty of these books is they are so versatile. We use one at my house to hide an extra remote control for the TV since the main one seems to grow legs and walk away.