You have been warned.
For this project I stopped by Goodwill to find a book I could hollow out. The winner? Book 7 of the Harry Potter series. It was cheap, quite large, and considering I've never read any of the books (::insert gasps of horror from Harry Potter fans::), I don't have any emotional ties to the series.
Step 1: Instead of making that glue mixture he suggested, I say go with Mod Podge. It has the perfect consistency. When I tried to make the glue mixture, I ended up wasting half a bottle of glue because I put in way too much water.
Step 2: When drawing your lines, I recommend two things -
a.) draw with a pencil and
b.) do not draw near the 1/2" closest to the edges.
By that I mean, do not draw your lines all the way to the end of the pages. If you do, you may accidentally cut the top, which is what I did below. You want to start your cut 1/2" in, not from the edge.
|Example of what NOT to do - cut starting at the edge of the page|
|After 1 hour of cutting|
|Prepare for lots of clean-up!|
Step 5: I didn't see the need to save a page at the very end of the process. I suppose that's meant to give it a clean look but considering my hands hurt like the Devil and I hacked the book to pieces, 1 page was not going to salvage it. Besides, the page I saved by not cutting it was the chapter page, "A Place to Hide" ...clever, no?
My husband suggested lining the inside with velvet but I kinda like how you can see text. However, after 2 hours of cutting page after page, no, it does not look as clean cut as the original. Maybe if you have a smaller book or more patience to cut one page at a time, it will be cleaner.
|2 hours to cut 1 1/4" deep|
TOTAL COSTS: $3.50
$3.50 for book from Goodwill
Fiskars Precision Knife, Mod Podge and brush already on hand
TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: Approximately 3 hours, 10 minutes
5 minutes to initially glue the sides
30 minutes to dry
2 hours to cut out pages
3 minutes to glue sides again
30 minutes to dry
EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 4 out of 5
Even the healthiest of adults will get tired and, if using a very small precision knife, will get hand cramps. If you have the patience, go slowly and do this projects in shifts. Do not try to do it all at once!