How to Make a Hollow Book Safe

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How to Make a Hollow Book Safe
Hide your best treasures in a book safe cleverly disguised as ordinary reading material. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you need a one-of-a-kind gift for a mystery novel lover or are looking for the perfect hiding place for your treasures, you can make a hollow book safe. While the safe looks like an ordinary book, it actually has a hollowed-out space in its pages that can conceal jewellery, important papers or any other small objects you'd like to protect. This project is relatively simple to complete, but it does require the use of sharp tools, so it is not suitable for children.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Hardcover book
  • Cling film
  • Craft glue
  • Sponge brush
  • Heavy books
  • Ruler
  • Box cutter or X-acto hobby knife
  • Felt fabric
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Choose a thick hardcover book for your book safe. The book needs to be at least 1 1/2 inches thick in order to make a safe that is deep enough to be useful.

  2. 2

    Open the book to approximately page 20. Wrap these pages and the cover in cling film, then wrap around the back cover as well, leaving all the pages after page 20 exposed.

  3. 3

    Close the book with the cling film still on it. Use a sponge brush to spread craft glue onto the three outside edges of the exposed pages of the book to seal them together. Pile several heavy books on top of the book to hold it closed as the glue dries.

  4. 4

    Open the book and remove the cling film. Place a ruler parallel to the inside binding of the book on the first glued page. Use the ruler to cut a rectangle with the knife, cutting down into several pages of the book and leaving at least a 1/2-inch margin on all four sides. Remove the cut-out rectangle.

  5. 5

    Continue to cut the rectangle deeper into the book, by approximately 1/4 inch each time, until the space is as deep as you want it to be. Use the X-acto knife to clean up the rough edges of any of the cuts you made.

  6. 6

    Spread glue into the bottom of the hollowed-out space. Cut a piece of felt the size of the rectangle and glue it in place in the safe's bottom. Cut four more strips of felt to fit the sides of the safe and glue them in place.

Tips and warnings

  • The title of the book you choose can add an entertaining element to the book safe, such as "Treasure Island" or "To Catch a Thief."

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