Last week, my boyfriend and I were walking around at flea markets when he spotted a hollowed book. He thought it was pretty cool. Just a few days ago, I stumbled on this awesome site. I saw several posts about making hollowed books and since today is my boyfriend's birthday, I made one.
Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as well as expected, but it's still pretty cool. It took about 5 hours to make it. I was in a rush and I only used the exacto knife and not the suggested box cutter (for later on in the project) because it fell apart when I started to use it, those probably caused me problems. Also when gluing in the beginning, I had newspaper under the book and some glue was stuck to the paper and the paper got stuck to the book, so now it looks like the book has aged a bit (which is not necessarily a bad thing). I thought about gluing some of the illustrations on the book, but decided against it. I felt that the book should seem more ordinary, so nobody would suspect that it isn't a regular book.
Here are some pictures:http://www.quistisaerith.com/hbook.jpg
The book was only cut about one inch in depth. I thought it would be cool to have the bottom of the hollowed area to have one of the illustrations. http://www.quistisaerith.com/hbook2.jpg
Those are the new "aged spots."
If anyone recognized the illustration, yes I tore apart a classic. The book is Dracula. My boyfriend has read/owned a copy of Dracula before so I thought it wouldn't seem suspicious that he has that book.
Now I want a hollowed book.... I think I might wait until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out first.
Sorry for the silly pun.
Tomorrow is his grandma's 80th birthday party and I saw a nifty book clock on here that I might attempt to make as a gift for her. However, it would be like yesterday/today - lots of hurrying and scurrying.
Oh btw, the tutorial I used was: http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com/2006/02/how-to-make-secret-hollow-book.html
It's the same site mentioned in the posts that helped me out in creating one.