Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIY How to Make A Secret Compartment Book

My husband is a great diy expert.  He takes old books and turns them into altered books better known as hollow books.  They come with fun secret compartments and sliding drawers for hiding your treasures and mementoes.  Here are a few pictures of the ones he has made and can be found in this unique Etsy shop called My Secret Compartments.

  • Supplies You'll Need Are:
  • tacky glue
  • carpet knife
  • clamps
  • wax paper
  • scrap paper or handmade paper
  • measuring tape
  • fine sandpaper
First, lay out a sheet of wax paper on your work surface.  Next tear off two sheets that are a little bigger than your book.  Follow these steps:
  1. Open book and lay one sheet of wax paper on the inside cover and tape it to the front cover with masking tape.  Do the same for the back cover.
  2.  Mark a straight line 1 inch in from each end of the book.
  3. See pictures above for step 2
  4. Glue the pages together on the outside edge of the book pages.
  5. Close the book and make sure the wax paper is covering the inside cover so no excess glue gets on it. Use the clamps one of each side of the books 3 edges.
  6. Let dry overnight.
  7. Remove clamps and remove wax paper.
  8. Draw a 1/2 inch line across the back of the book to meet the two lines you have for the sides.
Using your knife start cutting inside the pencil line in a straight line from the back of the book to the front edge.  Remove a few sheets at a time until all the pages have been removed.

Use your piece of fine sandpaper and smooth the edges until all the little wispy pieces are gone.
Now you can choose your paper for the bottom of the inside back cover and glue it in place.  You'll next glue the back of the book and close the book and lay a stack of 3 or 4 heavy books on top overnight. 
Remove the books the next day and your book is ready to use.  Have fun and let me know if you give this a try. 
If you're not up to the challenge but would like to have a hollow book of your very own, just drop by My Secret Compartments shop on Etsy.


Katie Crafts said...

That is so awesome!! I love the idea of a little secret compartment!

D. Renee Wilson said...

Nifty factor 5000!
His work is incredible!
Love it! Thank you for posting.

Kristin Aquariann said...

Brilliant way to upcycle a book!

Natalia Khon said...

This is an awesome DIY! Thank you!
(I checked out the Etsy store too)

Melissa said...

These are adorable and what a great way to recycle old books when everyone is reading on some type of electronic device. Love it!

Julie Jansen said...

Great DIY project. Am bookmarking to come back to later.