Altered Book Safe

This book safe is a great way to hide things on your bookshelf or in your school bag or locker.

Altered Book Safe

What you need

1 Hard cover book
Craft Knife
Velvet or felt
White craft Glue
Sponge brush


Take a hard covered book that is at least 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) thick to provide you with enough depth to store items in it.

Open the front cover and turn over a few pages so you are about 10-20 pages into the book. Secure the pages with a rubber band or paper clip. This will prevent them getting in your way.

Take a ruler and measure a rectangle leave a border of about 1/2 inch (1.5cm) from the outside edge. Mark the rectangle with a pencil.

Next take your white craft glue and add a little water to it to make it thinner and easier to spread.

Start from the back of the book and glue each page down including the hard back of the book with a few dabs of the glue around the edges. Remember we will be cutting the middle of all the pages away so keep the glue to the outside. Make sure you keep the pages flat as you glue.

Glue all the pages until you get to the page with the rectangle drawn on it. Then glue that page down also.

Allow the book to dry. Add some heavy weight to keep the pages flat whilst drying.

Once dried use your craft blade to cut out the rectangle.

You can press down hard with the craft knife to cut multiple pages at a time. Keep doing this till you reach the bottom. Leave a few pages on the bottom and make sure you do not cut through the hard back cover on the bottom.

Take your felt or velvet and line the square by gluing it into place. Finish off the edges with some ribbon or binding.

Add 2 pieces or ribbon to the front and back of the book so you can tie it to keep the book closed.

Book safe closed

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  1. I love this idea. I have several boxes of outdated textbooks. No one wants them. It is even hard to find places that will take them to recycle. I would try to recycle material for the inside from old clothing and possibly even make a book cover to add another dimension. Great idea! I’m always seeing old books at yard sales and our library sells their old books as a fundraiser for the library. The money goes to a great cause and by recycling the book into the book safe it’s not going to a landfill.

  2. Thanx – that’s just fabulous!


  3. I have always wanted to make one!
    Now i can, since a second hand book store sells books cheap.

  4. I made one of these And turned it into a “book” shelf. With all the pages that I cut out I was looking for something else to make. I don’t want to just waste those pages. Any ideas?

  5. I found that after a couple hours of gluing, there should be a quicker way of doing this.
    I started on another book. I marked my template box, I used a ruler as a guide and cut through
    The pages first. After I got all the pages cut out, I hot glued the inside and put down my fabric.
    Hopefully this will help those of you who have less patience like me lol :)

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