Looking to hide some loot? 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 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- A Fun DIY Project
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 brush – must be narrower than the thickness of the book.
- Metal ruler
- Pencil or pen
- Utility knife
- Dremel (optional but nice to speed up work)
- Mod Podge
- Saran Wrap
- A heavy object that can easily sit on the book
How To Hollow Out A Book
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 Pages
Pull open the cover of the book along with the first 2 pages and cover them 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 the 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. I hope you enjoy this great homemade book cut out project.
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