Thursday, May 10, 2012

DIY - Secret Compartment book!

You will need:

  • A book
  • an exacto knife
  • a glue gun
  • a glue stick
  • felt or a thick fabric
  • ruler
  • marker
  1. open the book about 20 pages in and decide your margins. An easy guide would be to reference your cuts around the text. (ie 1mm away from text)
  2. using the exacto knife, carefully cut out pages a few at a time until the pocket is as deep as you'd like it. I applied heavy pressure until I got towards the end. If any of the pages rip (common with older books) use the glue stick to patch things up
  3. hold the book as straight as you can and glue the inside with the glue gun. By gluing the inside rather than the outside edges, it looks more believable. Glue on the outside is a dead give away!
  4. Measure and cut out a piece of felt using the template described in the video. Glue down the bottom first, then the edges.
  5. Take the next four pages or so closest to the compartment and glue them together, and then to the edges of the compartment. 
  6. Use the exacto knife to cut out a flap to enter the compartment. Voil√°!


  1. I have always wanted to try this! I definitely won't try this with any of my books on my bookshelf; I love them too much (ha ha). Goodwill has the cheapest books, I might buy one there and do this. :)

    1. Yeah totally! I got the books I've used from a library that was giving them away for free. Hope the project goes well for ya! :D

  2. wow you are soooo funny by doing this but this is actually a great idea,for storing some secret stuff away lol!!

    1. lol I got the idea from an episode of Hey Arnold :P I gave one to a guy friend of mine and he loved it! Fun project, glad you like it! ^_^

  3. I'm doing this for Christmas gifts for my family. I too got free books from the library! Thank you!

  4. This looks like so much fun! Thank you for taking the time to make this video, your instructions are really clear and concise! I'm doing this project with my daughter this weekend and can just imagine getting up to our eyeballs in glue and pages! Thanks again!!! xxxxx


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