Making a Book Safe

Stuck for a quick and thrifty gift idea? How about a book safe? This is a 'magic' book, which will sit on a book shelf while secretly storing your valuables or secrets. 

I read a few pinterest instructions, but definitely found it more challenging than it appeared to be! I'm not a natural crafty person unfortunatey.

Firstly my local art shop didn't have mod podge, so I used PVA mixed with water (many places online recommended this). I found it took much longer than I'd anticipated, and I had to re-do it over and over each day, to make it firm enough to hold. Perhaps I  added too much water?

The cutting wasn't actually too bad, but it looked a little scrappy, so I decided to neaten it up with some decoupage, and just glued some torn up pieces of the pages I'd cut away.

If you need another thrifty gift idea, how about looking at the Affirmation Jars I made?