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« on: May 26, 2011 03:56:33 AM »

I'm guilty of impulse buying when at bookstores. Usually it's okay because I end up loving the novel I somehow end up coming home with. But every once in awhile, the book turns out to be greatly disappointing. Those books end up in my "to be resold or donated" pile.

I've always wanted to make one of those books with a secret compartment. I decided that one of these books would be perfect for that! I also wanted to decorate the book in some way and I eventually decided to turn it into a giant lego block. Here's how that turned out:

I covered the book with blue card stock. I also painted the inside and uncovered outer sections (the areas not covered by the book cover) with blue acrylic paint. I then used the blue card stock to "legofy" the book. Here's a close up of one of the lego block...um, knobs? Not sure what it's called.

And here is the secret compartment.

It wasn't too difficult cutting up the book to create the compartment. I used a very sharp exacto knife and slowly cut out the pages. The knife was able to cut through about 20 pages at a time. There is probably a better way to do it, but that was the sharpest tool I had on hand. After cutting out the compartment, I applied modge podge to seal the pages and to glue the pages together so that the book was more like a box that opens up. I really like how it turned out!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011 04:01:32 AM »

This is so-o cool!  As a child my son loved these - he's all grown up now, but this would be a cool gift for him - you've inspired me!  Great job.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011 06:07:55 AM »

That's awesome. I've always wanted to try on of the secret compartment books too.

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2011 06:08:31 AM »

this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2011 08:16:36 AM »

I love that you turned your book into lego of all things. my dad had made one of those books for me when i was younger, its great to wrap a christmas pressent in, really confuses kids when a book rattles lol. The quickest way is to use a type of saw to cut through the pages in one go but i think taking the time and care to do it yourself made it look neater on the inside.
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011 08:56:03 AM »

ah! I love this!  LEGO's forevah!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011 07:09:38 AM »

What a fantastic idea!! I might have to put that on my craft list. I'd like to make the inside into a jewelry compartment maybe line it with felt or fabric.

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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2011 10:16:46 PM »

I love it!  Such a great idea! 

How strong are the "knobs"?  Can you stack more books on the Lego book?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011 04:41:58 AM »

With the way I made them, the knobs aren't strong enough to support a stack of books on top of them. I'm sure though if you put something in the knobs like foam core or cardboard, that would give it the support needed for that!

« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2011 04:50:48 PM »

Ooo... Maybe take some old plastic cups and sculpey them to the cover?  Then they would be firmer.  Oh, I may have to do this for my son.  Smiley

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