Introduction: Make a Fake Book

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Fake books are awesome, am I right? Here's how to make one out of everyday objects. Hope you like it!

Step 1: What You Need

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Most of these things you can find around the house, except maybe the strapping tape.

So, you will need:

  • A book sized box (I used a box a cell phone came in)
  • Another, bigger, box (I used one that boots came in)
  • X-acto knife
  • Double sided tape
  • Strapping tape (You can find it at ACE for about $5) Ih has what looks like strings or something on it. Just look at the second picture.
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper bags (Usually two)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (Metal works best)
  • Depending on what color the box is you will need some white paper.

Step 2: Now.....

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Measure your box where the covers will go and add 1/4 of an inch onto the height measurements so that there is 1/8 of an inch hanging off the top and bottom. Then add 1/8 of an inch to the width measurements. Do the same thing for the spine.
Draw it onto the bigger box and cut out the pieces.

Step 3: Chop Chop!

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Take the paper bags and cut the bottoms off. Then cut down the seam so that you get a bigger piece of brown paper. Cut a rectangle out a bit bigger than the piece of cardboard you are covering and lay the cardboard down on top of it. Put strips of double sided tape around the edges and fold the paper bag on top of it so that when you flip it over it's nice and neat looking.

Step 4: Sooo....

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Put aside the covers for now, we're going to work on the pages! Take the book sized box and put double sided tape on three of the sides (not where the covers or spine will go!). You need to put it on both short sides unless you want your book to be longer horizontally. Now sitck the white paper on the box sides and trim it a bit, but not so much you can see the sides the paper is on. e the strapping tape and wrap it around the box, but have some excess on the edges so you can fold it down and make it look good. Make cuts at the edges and fold it over.

Step 5: We're Gettin' There....

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Now for the covers. Yay covers! Just hot glue them on, making them as even as possible. Use lots of glue. You can decorate them too. I just put a wax seal on mine. It wasn't even real wax, it was clear hot glue.

Step 6: All Done!

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There you go! I hope you have fun making fake books. I'd love to see them! If you have any questions just ask. :)


bpetray (author)2011-04-18

can u make these so that u can hide something in them?

mmhiggins (author)2011-01-28

This is a cool cheap project I might do. I'm thinking you could use reinforced packing tape instead of strapping tape. Nice job!

ninjacow258 (author)2009-09-08

nice. I'mma gonna try it once I can get my hands on the materials :]

Sunbanks (author)ninjacow2582009-09-11

Cool :D I'd love to see a picture of it when it's finished.

slu6alka (author)2008-09-21

That's awesome...I can hide many things in it :)

Kaiven (author)slu6alka2008-12-03

How? The box is all closed up, more like a movie prop...

slu6alka (author)Kaiven2008-12-04

Well I don't know yet, but I'll find a way:)

ninjacow258 (author)slu6alka2009-09-08

you can use a box that has one side cut open to make it -.,-

rpgdude789 (author)2008-09-21

pretty sweet you should make one that opens though ;)

thermoelectric (author)2008-08-10

This is soo cool +1 vote 5 stars

Sunbanks (author)thermoelectric2008-08-10

Thank you!!

thermoelectric (author)Sunbanks2008-08-10

Cheers Thermoelectric

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-12

Cool! I made one, but this is so much easier. Great job!

Sunbanks (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-05-12

Thanks! :D

LinuxH4x0r (author)Sunbanks2008-05-12

I'll post a picture in a few days. (remind me if I forget)

Sunbanks (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-05-25

Did you forget?

LinuxH4x0r (author)Sunbanks2008-05-25

Yeah, here they are:

onlyonebowman (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-08


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Chuck P. (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-08-09

is that just a cover taken off an old book?

LinuxH4x0r (author)Chuck P.2008-08-09

Sorry I didn't respond sooner. Yep, thats just the outer part, I saved the inside. I made that paper using inks poured over water and paint thinner.

Chuck P. (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-08-10

o cool. nice job

Chuck P. (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-08-06

woah nice job

Chuck P. (author)2008-08-09

does anyone have any ideas on how to make different colored covers?

Sunbanks (author)Chuck P.2008-08-09

You could paint it or use gift wrapping paper

Chuck P. (author)Sunbanks2008-08-09

o good idea. i might try that

Chuck P. (author)2008-08-06

wow, great instructable!!!

Sunbanks (author)Chuck P.2008-08-06

Thank you :D

Chuck P. (author)Sunbanks2008-08-09

im soo doing this once i get a chance to buy strapping tape.

nave (author)2008-05-13


Sunbanks (author)nave2008-05-13

Why not?

Chuck P. (author)Sunbanks2008-08-06


Camisado (author)2008-07-08

This is really cool!

Sunbanks (author)Camisado2008-07-08


Camisado (author)Sunbanks2008-07-09

You're very welcome!

raykholo (author)2008-05-16

just got me reminded of something: i got some game that comes in a small plastic briefcase sort of thing. i got the top of it off, as a second way to open it, and thought i could somehow fill it up with confetti explosive or smoke bomb, triggered by a string that tears when you open it the normal way. never got around to it though, but the idea comes from the movie "con air" , if anyones seen it at about right before 40 minutes in... but on a much smaller scale and less dangerous

Sunbanks (author)raykholo2008-05-22

I haven't seen that movie before...

raykholo (author)2008-05-15

now, how about a real book hidden safe. its pretty easy, and i know how, but itd be cool to have an instructable

nice job on the fake book though

Sunbanks (author)raykholo2008-05-15

Yeah one of those would be cool. Thanks!

gc (author)2008-05-14

I filled mine with fake words. Fun instructable for young DIY's. Nice job. 5/5

Sunbanks (author)gc2008-05-14

Cool, thank you!

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-05-13

Awesome! And very cool, you got featured by Christy! Nice job, I look forward to doing this. Heh, I'm assuming you got a new phone with the cell phone box... +5/5 stars.

Sunbanks (author)GorillazMiko2008-05-13

Thanks! I was really happy! Ha yep, I used my dad's cell phone box though for the instructable. I made mine into a book before I made this :D I must say, it's sorta addicting. I found myself looking all over the house for more boxes to use.

Dungeonbrownies (author)2008-05-13

this seems pretty pointless, but fun at the same time.

jaysbob (author)2008-05-13

nice instructable. but I'm interested as to what tasks can be performed with a fake-book that couldn't also be done with a real one, if not done better.

Sunbanks (author)jaysbob2008-05-13

You can throw them at people and they won't get hurt.

jaysbob (author)Sunbanks2008-05-13

fair enough

Plasman (author)jaysbob2008-05-13

What if you want them to get hurt... Nice instructable btw

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