Introduction: 12 Do-It-Yourself Diversion Safes
Hey, you got something to hide?!
A few years ago I made this shaving can safe, and outlined how I made it in this Instructable: Shaving Can Safe (that Still Shoots Foam!).
Then I recently made a slightly easier version that uses a spray paint can, seen here: Spray Paint Secret Safe.
With hiding places on my mind (and with a contest on the theme running currently as well), I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of some of my favorite hiding places made by other Instructables members.
And here they are: unusual, clever, in-plain-sight hiding places (also called "diversion safes") that you can make.
Step 1: Outside Overhead
Step 2: Inside Overhead
Step 3: In the Yard
Step 4: In a Log
Step 5: Anywhere Indoors
This is an almost classic idea nowadays, and there have been many tutorials shared on how to make a secret outlet cover safe.
The one-and-only King of Random made one of the early versions, excellently documented here: How to Make a Super Secret Safe - for Less Than $3
Step 6: In a Book
Speaking of classic hiding places, I don't think there's a more well-known idea than using an old book!
This is an idea that's been documented many times, by many authors. It may be an older idea, but there's a reason it's so popular: it's a GREAT idea!
Step 7: Tiny Objects
Author assemblyrequired made a couple of my favorite hiding place ideas:
Be sure to check out the comments on the pencil Instructable for a great story about how pencils were used as hiding places during World War II.
Step 8: In a Plant
Step 9: In Your Belt
Step 10: Want to See More?
Looking for more places to hide stuff?
This is an extremely popular topic, with 100s of great Instructables covering projects you can duplicate.
Check out these search results for more: https://www.instructables.com/howto/hidden+secret+compartment/
There are dozens of stand-alone object safes, but also just as many furniture items with secret compartments built-in.
It was hard to just pick a few to highlight . . so if you're curious, be sure to take a look at the rest!
Step 11: Make Your Own
As I mentioned in the introduction, Instructables is currently running the Hiding Places Contest.
There are some great prizes up for grabs. If you've got a clever hiding place project in mind, you've got till November 13 to make it and share the process in your own Instructable.
Thanks for taking a look at this collection - if you like some of the things you saw here, be sure to leave comments on the authors' Instructables and tell them!
If you make a hiding place Instructable of your own, share a link in the comments below. I'd love to see it!