Gorgeous Book Box Tutorial

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posted on December 8, 2011 by  |  posted under Crafting, Gift Giving

Gorgeous Book Box Tutorial

Happy Thursday, HowDoesShe Gals!! I’m so excited to introduce another FAB guest writer today! Let’s welcome Kendra from Key Lime Digital Designs: Momma and Wife by day and Blog Designer by night. Please pop by her blog  and wave hello! She is sharing an idea that I think would make an amazing homemade Christmas gift. Take it away, Kendra!

I love this up-cycled project! It is super easy, only requires a couple of supplies, and is the perfect storage for special notes and small treasures!

book box tutorial

First you need to gather your supplies:

  • - An old hardcover book. Any width will work but the thicker the book, the deeper your box.
  • -Exacto knife
  • -Mod Podge
  • -Any embellishments you would like. [envelopes, flowers, chipboard, paper clips, etc]
  • Ruler and Pencil

book box tutorial

First Step: Flip open the book to the first page. Using a ruler, measure and mark a rectangle the size you want your “box” to be. I suggest you make it big enough to fit a note card or envelope, but it is really just up to you!

Second Step: Using the exacto knife, cut along the edges of the rectangle that you drew on the first page. You can cut several layers at a time. The first few pages are a little more difficult to cut, because you have to make sure you are cutting straight but once you have cut down a few layers, it is super easy!

book box tutorial

Third Step: Keep cutting, cutting, cutting. Do multiple layers at a time. [this is a good time to turn on your favorite chick flick!]

book box tutorial

Fourth Step: When you have cut the book down as far as you want, get out the Mod Podge. Being very careful not to glue to cover down to the first page, cover all the sides of the book with Mod Podge. Use your thumb to flip through the pages a little so that the Mod Podge gets in between the pages. You may have to do a few layers. Then let the Mod Podge dry.

book box tutorial

Step Five: Embellish! [The really fun part!]

book box tutorial

Step Six: Fill your new upcycled keepsake box with letters, notes and cards!

Thanks, Kendra!! We love this idea. I can’t wait to make one! Read more about Kendra and her fabulous ideas on her blog! Did you know she is one amazing digital designer? Wow. Check out this freebie on her site:

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Thanks, Kendra! And happy crafting!

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Gorgeous Book Box Tutorial

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COMMENTS
  1. December 8th, 2011 at 11:06 am
    my honest answer says:
    It's a cute idea, but wow, I couldn't cut into a book like that! I'm old school.
  2. December 8th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    Stacie Dale says:
    As a maker of keepsake chests and boxes, I love this idea! I do think my hand would be killing me though after that many cuts with an exacto knife. Wonder if there's an easier way to cut the book? If you want to use the pages you've cut out, The Nature Conservancy has a tutorial on making a wreath from an old book http://blog.nature.org/2011/11/diy-video-holiday-book-wreath/
    • December 14th, 2011 at 11:12 pm
      Barbara says:
      I agree that the pages you cut out can be recycled into a wreath or possibly paper flowers or something like that...I was thinking that the inside sides can be lined with those cut out pages to give it a finished look.
  3. December 9th, 2011 at 5:12 am
    Maria @ Sarti says:
    It would be nice that to prepare a page with custom message and put it as first visible page of an old book. Just a small touch to make this box book perfect :)
  4. December 10th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Kelly says:
    I have my brother's GF for our Christmas gift exchange this year and I barely know her. But how could I go wrong with something like this?? Perfect! :)
  5. December 12th, 2011 at 6:30 am
    Lorraine says:
    Hi Bobbi!

    This is such a neat project! I hope I can get a chance to make one in the coming new year! Thank you for sharing!

    Kindly, Lorraine
  6. December 12th, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    Cortney says:
    Too cute! I want to make this for a friend asap!
  7. December 14th, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    Lisa says:
    My son would be crushed to see a Clive Cussler book cut up like that :) He's his FAVORITE author!! LOVE the idea though!!!
  8. December 15th, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    marissa says:
    this is such a fun idea! I'd love you to add them to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW
  9. December 17th, 2011 at 8:01 am
    Melodie says:
    We made these for our kids, but left the outside looking like a normal book. They are 'secret' books' as kids can hide things in them.
  10. January 2nd, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    Alison says:
    I think this is a fun idea!
  11. January 6th, 2012 at 10:41 am
    Fernanda says:
    You are beautiful! Should take much more photos!Congrats!
  12. February 18th, 2012 at 7:26 am
    Midnight Cowgirl says:
    Brilliant idea!
  13. March 20th, 2012 at 2:49 pm
    Susan M. Jensen says:
    This is so Fabulous. I think for my hubby May2 Big Day would be nice to add some momento's etc. in it. Thank you so much.
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