I love books, don't get me wrong, but I've always wanted to make a secret hollow book to keep tiny treasures in. I have a fake one that looks like a book, but it's made out of wood and not very convincing. So when I was going through my room, I found a book that I don't know how I got, and was going to give it to charity when I realized it would be the perfect book to tear apart!
It's called Letters of the Century by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler, and it's a good two inches thick. Perfect amount of thickness to hide things. Since it's a real book it will be disguised perfectly with my other volumes, and no one will be any the wiser. (Except, of course, anyone who reads my blog.)
- A thick book, perferably hard cover
- Exacto knife or box cutter
- Large clips
- A plate (to put bits of paper on)
- A cup for the water and glue mixture
- Music (optional)
4. Using your ruler and pen, draw lines for where you want your hole to be. I made 1 inch margins all around.
6. Keep cutting. Cut deeply, making sure the corners especially are cut. It'll be easier to take the paper out. If you make mistakes, like accidentally cutting the margins, don't worry because no one will notice later when it's all glued.
7. Change your song or take a snack break. The cutting part took me about two and half hours. Also, put any larger pieces of paper onto a plate. There will be little bits of paper everywhere, but you can clean it up later.
As I went along, the margins got smaller, meaning the pages I was cutting away got bigger. The inch turned into half an inch, but I don't mind. It was probably from the angle I was cutting at.
Then glue the inside again, making sure any loose pages at the top stick.
Here are the pages I cut away.
What do you think? Are you going to make your own secret hollow book?