When it comes to recycling and upcycling, I love using my imagination to figure out how I can create something new and useful out of an old item. With cases and cases of old books in my garage, I decided to take one and create a secret compartment, otherwise known as a booksafe! I found a hardcover book with a red thumbprint cover, colorful pages inside, and a simple black incognito binding which was the perfect item to home a secret stash. For this DIY, you’ll need an exacto knife, a sponge brush, Mod Podge, and a ruler.
You want the book you choose to be a hardcover that is at least a couple inches thick, depending what you want to store within the cavity of the safe.
There are millions of books in the world and with the rise of the internet, kindles, blogs, and the like, I see the future of our technology taking over readership. I’ve noticed from my life that I’ve rapidly and subconsciously changed simple routines from reading newspapers to switching to digital news, from looking up a word in a bulky dictionary to typing a quick line within Google search… Times change! And for as much as I love to curl up with a physical book in my lap I think it’s okay to use a creative mind to repurpose them in alternative ways, especially when it comes to upcycling old encyclopedias, outdated science textbooks, etc. Giving you booklovers a little self-assurance here! ✿
Read below to follow the 5 easy steps to create your own booksafe. Have fun and enjoy!
And, you’re finished! I placed some money and jewelry to give you all the idea of the concept. I think this would be a great space to place some extra cash, a chocolate bar stash, a spare set of keys, or what have you. Do you have any ideas on how to repurpose an old book? I saved the pages I cut out and would love to hear you thoughts on how I could use them to make something. Let me know in the comments!