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Make a secret book

This secret book is such a fun craft!  Cut apart a book to make a secret place to stash your favorite things!

We love having secret places in our house to hide our stuff-money, candy, fabric scissors! And this book is just so cool. Put it on your bookshelf and no one will know that it really has stuff inside!


I put a whole video together to walk you through it! Enjoy!


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For this secret book craft you need:

  • old thick book. Our library sells them for a quarter! Thrift stores are a great resource for them too!
  • sharp utility knife. I love this one
  • mod podge
  • clamps (not mandatory but makes life easier.)
You can actually try to do it without the clamps, by stacking heavy objects on top of the book as the mod podge dries- but it’s very easy to stick the top pages and cover all together so be careful!

How to cut apart the book

I start by clamping it off. I usually start on chapter 2 so there are a few pages to cover the hole when opening up your book. I did try coating the outside with mod podge and letting it dry before cutting out the inside. It does work. But it your book is really thick- it’s hard to get down in there. When they aren’t glued together you can turn the pages and get all the layers underneath easily. So I clamp it- espeically to keep the front cover out of my way. I measure around at least an inch edge all the way around and taking my knife and ruler, slice around. Once you have a few pages in, you can ditch the ruler and use the previous pages as the guide on where to cut.

Mod Podge

Decorating the cover

This step is optional- but we thought it would be fun to add some decoration to the outer cover. One of these books is for my niece- so we customized it! This is very similar to our spell book tutorial- so make sure to head there for the full how to!
We doodled on it with hot glue- but you can use letter stickers!
Add a piece of paper towel with mod podge over the cover. This gives you a nice texture to your book.
Time for paint! I just grabbed some acrylic paint and covered the book and then went in with some brown to add some “age” to it.
Here is the finished product:
And when you open it–SURPRISE!

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.