Secret Book Safe

This tutorial takes you through how to hollow out one of your unwanted hardback books into a hiding place to keep your treasures out of sight.


Approximate Time: 30 minutes


  • craft knife
  • mod podge
  • foam brush
  • hard back book
  • ruler
  • marker or pen


  1. First, grab a book you don't mind re-purposing. (Sorry to anyone who loves "Among Thieves")
  2. Photo of Book Safe Step 1

  3. Next, get the ruler. Make sure that it is a fairly long book, as this will lend more stability to your hollow book. Open it up to page 40 or so and with your ruler and marker draw a border around much of the printed area. This will be the area that you will be cutting out with your knife.
  4. photo of Book Safe Step 2

  5. Press your craft knife as hard down as possible with cutting into the shape so that you can go through more than a page or two at a time. You have a lot of pages to go through and a life, so the more you can get through the better. After the initial pages are cut, there is no need to continue marking out the remaining pages as you will keep cutting within the boundaries of what has already been cut. Continue cutting out pages until there is around 1/5-1/4 of the book left. It is important to stop at this point as going any further will lessen the stability of your hollow book.
  6. photo of cutting through book pages

  7. Now is the time for the mod podge and foam brush. Dip your brush into the mod podge and trace around the page every 10-20 pages.
    DO NOT glue around the first page that you cut into as this will glue your book closed.
  8. photo of Book Safe Step 4

  9. Then glue around the outside of the book on the pages that have been cut, making sure to leave the first 10-20 pages free as this will lend a more realistic book look to the finished product.
  10. To get the best seal on the pages place the book under something heavy such as a weight or chair. Let the book rest there until dry. I usually just leave them out overnight and they are good in the morning.
  11. photo of a chair on the book safe

Now you, or your kiddos, have a place to hide your important things. Like your Magic Wiggly Worms. photo of secret book safe

By Teri M from Omaha, NE


May 18, 20110 found this helpful

These are so cool! I made one of these for a Christmas secret gift exchange to hold a gift card! The used book was called, "It Takes a Real Man to Cry" LOL! The male gift receiver, my fiance's brother, was puzzled a little but knew it was a joke. So fun!

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