March 1st, 2009 in blog, member junk     
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I loved the colours on the cover of this Alice in Wonderland book.  This is the finished project tied up with a ribbon and old buckle.
Mark the pattern for your compartment on the top page and then start cutting using a metal ruler to keep your cut lines straight.
I couldnt find my exacto knife so used a kitchen knife and cut through 5-10 pages at a time.
Be sure to pick  pretty pages for your starting and ending points. 
I tore the bottom illustration from a page inside the book and glued it in place when I was finished my cutting so that the bottom of the compartment would show another beautiful illustration.
After the cutting was finished I put wax paper between the pages that I wanted to be able to open (the first and second in this case).  Then I painted  mod podge on the sides of the inside compartment, as well as the sides of the book.
In total I used about 3 coats of mod podge.
Another view of this beautiful classic.
I loved the colours on the cover of this Alice in Wonderland book.  This is the finished project tied up with a ribbon and old buckle.

I loved the colours on the cover of this "Alice in Wonderland" book.  This is the finished project tied up with a ribbon and old buckle.

I love picking up old books at used book stores, and have long been wanting to try this project that turns a favorite book into a secret compartment for storing vintage treasures.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - junkstyle
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Comments (16)

irishrovr writes:
Nice choice of books - and making use of the illustration in the cubby is genius. The added touch of the belt will make this a wonderful vessel for a gift or special treasure!

Eileen http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 9:05 pm on March 31st
janwinn writes: How pretty this is. The perfect book for this project. Posted: 7:13 am on March 4th
CottageElements writes: Thanks, Janis, for posting this. How clever, creative, and useful!

Lani Posted: 5:01 pm on March 3rd
shabbychick writes: Janis - I love this, and the book was a great choice (very sweet). Your project is certainly a "wonder" to behold!!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 9:46 pm on March 2nd
Chovey writes: very nice!
cynthia Posted: 8:49 pm on March 2nd
JunkArchitect writes: Janis,
What a beautiful project. Your photos always look so professional.
You have all your fingers still…don’t you.

Posted: 9:47 am on March 2nd
suewhitney writes: Janis,

This is just adorable. Wonderful attention to detail....thanks so much for another beautifully executed project.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 7:36 am on March 2nd
MelHow writes: I've always wanted to do this...here is one more good reason to do it - lovely copy of Alice by the way (I love that book). Posted: 10:58 pm on March 1st
MimiToria writes: Hey Janis - another great project post. I've seen these done too, but usually they have so much directions that I don't bother doing it. Your's are simple, so may give it a whirl.

Gretchen Posted: 10:43 pm on March 1st
writes: Janis,
Easy with that kitchen knife, Sister! We need you around to post more fab ideas like this! What a neat one. Bravo!

:-) JennyK Posted: 10:41 pm on March 1st
junktiqueboutique writes: Janis, I've been saving all of my "pretties" waiting for one of your posts. Now I've got to find the perfect book to make this. I think "Alice In Wonderland" is the most approiate book since Alice jumped in the rabbit hole and when
you open your book it's like the rabbit hole. Please post more often as this stuff is really taking over the house and I need more ideas. lol
Marijo Posted: 8:30 pm on March 1st
georgiamoon writes: Janis I cracked up when I saw the picture of you with the kitchen knife. That sounds like something I would do but with disastrous results! This is a beautiful project and something that would make a great gift. You are so good! Georgia Posted: 6:19 pm on March 1st
alicemom writes: I love those colors on the book. What a great find in the book world.
alice Posted: 4:46 pm on March 1st
whiteflower writes: What a beautiful book cover, the ribbon adds the perfect presentation. The little secret compartment is a great idea. Wonderful project! Posted: 3:51 pm on March 1st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This is such a sweet project, Janis. I love the illustrations and colors of your book and can see giving it to someone with a little gift inside. My mom just gave me a large baggie full of vintage belt buckles and many of them are mother-of-pearl. Since seeing your lovely post, I'm really excited to put them to use!

Thanks much!

Posted: 10:54 am on March 1st
pofolksdecorator1 writes: Hi Janis,
Great ideas. Could you tell me where I could possible find
the small glass vials for a spice rack I want to make. I am also looking for a free website that will print the labels to look '"vintage. Annie (pofolksdecorator) Posted: 10:05 am on March 1st
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