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How to Turn an Old Book into a Secret Hiding Place

Turn that dusty old tome into something you will actually use -- a sneaky stash for your best stuff.


  • Step 1: Select a hardcover book at least 1½ inches thick. Open the book and bind the first 10 or 20 pages with a paper clip.
  • Step 2: Mix the white craft glue with water. Using a foam brush, apply the mixture to the edges of the non-clipped pages, holding them tightly together.
  • Step 3: Use a spacer to separate the glued pages from the clipped pages and allow 30 minutes to dry. Add the weight to keep the pages flat.
  • Step 4: Open the book to the first glued page and, using your straight edge, draw a rectangle, leaving a half- inch border around the edges.
  • Step 5: Cut along the lines using your craft knife or box cutter. Cut the pages until you reach the back cover. This may take a while because you’ll need to remove pages in sections.
  • TIP: Glue felt to the bottom and edges of the compartment for a more finished look.
  • Step 6: Apply the glue mixture to the inside edges of the cut pages and reapply to the outside edges to seal your secret compartment.
  • FACT: The Bible is the bestselling book of all time.

You Will Need

  • A hardcover book
  • A paper clip
  • White craft glue
  • A foam brush
  • A spacer
  • A weight
  • A straightedge
  • A heavy-bladed craft knife or box cutter
  • Felt

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