Homemade Money Safes

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Homemade money safes, also known as diversion safes, rely on hiding in plain sight to keep your money safe. These safes are made of ordinary household objects and contain a hidden compartment in which to hide your valuables. After you have filled the safe, place it in an area where the original object would naturally be found, and would-be thieves should be fooled into passing them by if your home is broken into.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Old book
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Tissue box
  • Stuffed animal
  • Plastic bag
  • Needle
  • Thread

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    Book Safe

  1. 1

    Open an old book to a point about 30 pages in from the front. Place glue at the corners of the pages on the front portion of the book to glue them together and stick them to the front cover.

  2. 2

    Mark a rectangle in the middle of the page on the right half of the book. Make this rectangle large enough to hold jewellery or folded paper money. Use the craft knife to cut out the centre of the book pages on the right side of the book. Cut down until you reach about 30 pages from the end of the book.

  3. 3

    Glue together the last pages of the book with the back book cover. Rub glue over the page edges in the centre of the book. Allow the book to dry thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Place your valuables in the centre space of the pages and close the book. Place the book on a shelf with similar books.

    Tissue Safe

  1. 1

    Carefully open a tissue box from the bottom, making sure that you do not tear the cardboard. Remove a 1-inch layer of tissue.

  2. 2

    Place your paper money or other valuables in the box on top of the remaining tissue. Make sure that the pile of valuables is in an even stack, so that the tissue will look level and normal when the tissue box is in place in your home.

  3. 3

    Fold the bottom box flaps back into place. Carefully glue the box bottom back together. Flip the box over and open the top of the tissue box, pull one tissue out to make the box look used and place it on a side table or on a bathroom counter.

    Stuffed Animal

  1. 1

    Carefully slit open the back seam on a stuffed animal with fluffy fur. Remove a small bit of stuffing from the area directly behind the slit.

  2. 2

    Roll up your cash and place it, along with other valuables, into a small plastic bag. Zip the bag closed or close it with a twist tie. Stuff the bag into the stuffed animal in place of the missing stuffing.

  3. 3

    Sew the seam back together in the back of the animal. Make sure that the fur is fluffed up and covers the seam after you finish sewing. Place the stuffed animal in a child's room or on a shelf with other similar toys.

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