This is a time consuming craft, but it’s fun! No book turns out the same. I card cogwheels, gears, celtic knots, corner accents, and designs out of cardboard. I use cardboard strips or yarn for mild raised accents. I cut the closing strap from cereal boxes and I line the inside with felt. I purchased felt by the yard in numerous colors and styles from fabric.com
I’ve been asked for tutorials. I really just wing it and see what happens, but I’ll record some crafting.
Creating a Secret Booksafe is multiple day process. Each step can take a few hours and then there’s that pesky drying-time for glue. Each one is unique differing in colors, fasteners, and decorations. Creating fasteners and decorative accents with cardboard or cut & fired sculpy clay is cheap but takes up a lot of time. Use an X-acto knife for fine lines and precision.
I started this about a year when I saw an apothecary potion booksafe on a blog called seeingThings, which no longer seems to be alive. I loved it so much, I had to create my own. My first attempt, below, took a few weeks. Thankfully, I’ve picked up some speed :D