- Arts and Design
Crafting with Books
Books may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of crafting, but book crafts can be fun and when you're done, you'll have a unique item like none other.
Books can be made into purses, secret storage containers (see photo here of a book safe), and wall hangings to name just a few fun crafts made from books.
Photo of a hollow book, which is also known as a book safe. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Make a Hollow Book -- Book Safe - Use it to store secret items
Save Old Books!
Rescue old books that are falling apart.
Make book crafts.
How to Make a Hollowed Book - Book Storage Box - Book Safe
Check out the step by step photos online using the links below for ideas
This book craft is easy but how the book looks in the end will depend on your skill level and patience in cutting out the hollow space in the book pages. Children can help with some of this book craft. The cutting should be done by an adult.
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Supplies needed: Book you are finished reading, three or more clothespins or binder clips, decoupage medium/glue (like Mod Podge brand), paintbrush, Xacto knife or other craft knife, ruler, pencil
1. Begin by wiping off the book, removing any dust. Be sure to wipe the edges of the book.
2. Open the book leaving several pages at the front so when someone opens the book, it still looks like a book. Use the clothespins or clips to secure the pages to the front cover.
3. Place an old cloth like a towel on the work surface (not paper since the Mod Podge can stick to paper but the cloth will release easily without leaving paper on the book cover).
4. Open the Mod Podge and begin painting the three edges of the open book with Mod Podge. This is to hold the pages together. Wipe off any glue/decoupage medium from the back book cover.
5. Place a cloth on top of the stack of pages and set a couple of bricks or other heavy item to keep the book pages as they dry. Let the glue dry completely.
6. Decide on the design of the opening. You can make a small square in the center or a larger rectangle or a rectangle with a curved top as shown in this photo.
7. Use a ruler and pencil to mark the shape on the top book page.
8. Begin cutting into the book pages with the craft knife. This is tricky so please do not let children do this part. The sharper the knife, the better. Saw the pages to the desired depth a few pages at a time (leave some pages on bottom; do not go all the way to the back book cover). Carefully remove the book page shape and clean up the edges with the craft knife to remove bits of paper that are not cut all the way.
9. Now apply the Mod Podge or decoupage glue to the edges of the book where you cut to hold them together. For a cleaner look, try not to get glue on the bottom page that is exposed. If desired, glue scrapbook or other decorative paper to the bottom of the book opening. Let the glue dry.
Put the book safe on your bookshelf or give it away! Enjoy!
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Book Safes on eBay - Great book crafts as gifts
When you want a unique gift but don't have time to make it yourself, one of these hollowed books is just the ticket. Use it to store an iPad, valuables, jewelry, money, whatever you have that needs to be hidden!
A Book Safe in the Movie "Resistance" - Novel by Anita Shreve
I read the novel "Resistance" by Anita Shreve. It's excellent, like all of her books. I recently watched the movie, and in it, there's a book safe used by a woman, a member of the French Resistance to store items.
She's a radio operator in Occupied Belgium who helped the French during World War II.
Links to How to Make Book Storage Boxes
More instructions and photos for making your own book safe or book storage box!
- Better Book Safe
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- DIY secret hollow book
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- How to Make a Hollow Book - wikiHow
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- Make a Secret Hollow Book
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Use Book Spines
Laminate the spines of old books
to make a bookmark.
Book Crafts by Talented Etsy Sellers - These links go with the photos directly above.
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Use Books for Packaging
Shred old book pages
(use books that are falling apart)
to use to stuff gift baskets or for packaging materials.
Make Your Own Books, Papercrafting, Bookbinding
Use book pages for crafts.
Cut out illustrations and punch text page circles
to use in other crafts.
Book Crafts Links - More book craft projects than you can shake a book at
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