I purchased a wooden book-shaped box at Hobby Lobby similar to this: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=157802
, a few small bottles of water based acrylic paint (blue and white in this case), silver glitter, and a bottle of white liquid glue.
Of course I painted the box first (the "pages" white and the "cover" blue),
then I painted the top of the box with a mixture of glue and water.
Before the diluted glue dried, I sprinkled lots of glitter onto the box.
Then to finish it off, I painted the whole box in the diluted glue as a varnish.
This is a very easy project and minus the drying time, I'd say this took a good hour or so. This also wasn't very expensive (I spent about $10.00 max)! The book box would make a very good gift for any reader on any occasion!
Hope you try this at home and good luck!