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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!
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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.
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bpetray3 years ago
can u make these so that u can hide something in them?
mmhiggins4 years ago
This is a cool cheap project I might do. I'm thinking you could use reinforced packing tape instead of strapping tape. Nice job!
ninjacow2585 years ago
nice. I'mma gonna try it once I can get my hands on the materials :]
Sunbanks (author)  ninjacow2585 years ago
Cool :D I'd love to see a picture of it when it's finished.
slu6alka6 years ago
That's awesome...I can hide many things in it :)
Kaiven slu6alka6 years ago
How? The box is all closed up, more like a movie prop...
slu6alka Kaiven6 years ago
Well I don't know yet, but I'll find a way:)
you can use a box that has one side cut open to make it -.,-
rpgdude7896 years ago
pretty sweet you should make one that opens though ;)
This is soo cool +1 vote 5 stars
Sunbanks (author)  thermoelectric6 years ago
Thank you!!
Cheers Thermoelectric
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Cool! I made one, but this is so much easier. Great job!
Sunbanks (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Thanks! :D
I'll post a picture in a few days. (remind me if I forget)
Sunbanks (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Did you forget?
Yeah, here they are:
is that just a cover taken off an old book?
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.
o cool. nice job
woah nice job
Chuck P.6 years ago
does anyone have any ideas on how to make different colored covers?
Sunbanks (author)  Chuck P.6 years ago
You could paint it or use gift wrapping paper
o good idea. i might try that
Chuck P.6 years ago
wow, great instructable!!!
Sunbanks (author)  Chuck P.6 years ago
Thank you :D
im soo doing this once i get a chance to buy strapping tape.
nave6 years ago
Sunbanks (author)  nave6 years ago
Why not?
Camisado6 years ago
This is really cool!
Sunbanks (author)  Camisado6 years ago
You're very welcome!
surviverman6 years ago
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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)  raykholo6 years ago
I haven't seen that movie before...
raykholo6 years ago
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)  raykholo6 years ago
Yeah one of those would be cool. Thanks!
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