One month ago, after meeting up with my blog pal Jen and local readers, we offered up a Goodwill Challenge. I bought a thick hardcover book.
I know, it’s not much of a make over, but I’ve always wanted to make a book safe. A 15 cent book is a good tester, too. Jen’s challenge was an even better excuse to get started.
First, I separated the first few pages and the front cover, keeping everything bound with binder clips. Then I mixed plain ol’ Elmer’s glue with a little bit of water and brushed it all over the edges of the book. Mod Podge would work for this, too, but I only had glossy and I wanted this to look as realistic as possible.
With the edges glued together, I put a few pencils between the front pages and the glued pages. To help the pages dry tightly, I popped Ben’s jug of wine on top. Twenty or so minutes later, the glue had completely dried.
To get started cutting, gather a pencil, ruler and a sharp utility knife. Draw a border on the front page (I used the text as my guide). Use the ruler to cut a straight edge, going through as many pages as possible.
Pull the pages out and keep on cutting.
Don’t stop now. Cut along the edges.
As I cut, my edges got messier and messier. This doesn’t matter. It will all be covered up.
After about 15 minutes of cutting, I had removed enough of the inside to fit my iPhone inside and close the cover.
Once you’ve hollowed the book to the depth you’d like, cover the inside edges with the glue mixture. Spread more glue along the top of the hollowed border and let one page out of the clips. Set the page down and cut out the inside for a clean top page. Put something heavy on top to dry. Now you’ve got a handy book safe to keep all your worldly possessions inside.
I have to admit, after cutting to the iPhone depth, my new camera arrived and I quit working to fiddle around. And I haven’t gotten back to cutting yet. But you get the idea.
Now, let’s do the Safety Dance.
Have you ever made a book safe? Wanted a book safe? What’s your favorite book?