Introduction: Booze in a Bible (or Any Book You Prefer)

About: i feel armed with a hot glue gun and butane soldering iron. . . and completely lost without my gerber and surefire flashlight. i'm a theatre techie on hiatus.

Have you always wanted that secreted stash of booze at the ready, or do you have a friend that could use a fun gag gift?  Here's an idea.

ps- this is my first attempt at this project.  I feel there are better ways to make the final outcome look cleaner, but this was my process.

Step 1: Things You Might Need.

-exacto knife (I like Olfa - and if you get a style with the break away blade bits, you can get several uses from one blade)
-glue (paper glue of some variety)
-sticky felt
-a marker
-the bottle of choice (featured here is soju, because it was tiny and I had a very hard time finding a small flask in South Korea)
-your hard cover book of choice (if I had searched a little longer I would've preferred a zipper covered bible, but i fell back on a boxed bible. . . might I also suggest any hardcover by Dickens.)

Step 2: Measure Before You Cut.

Trace the bottle onto the first page you want to cut.

It's important to note that the bottle should have a more shallow depth than the book you plan to use.

Otherwise your book may appear pregnant, or very proud.

Step 3: Get a Cuttin'

Start cutting. 

It was my intention to time how long it took me to get through the whole book. . . approximately it took about 2.5 hours, and my fingers were pretty cramped from holding the knife.

Here is where my expertise takes a nap.

The pages of a bible are particularly thin.  It would've been neater to keep them all stacked and to keep cutting, but the old pages got in the way of making clean knife passes.

I tried gluing some pages together, it seemed to help a little, but not all the time.

While holding the book open the spine shifts which may cause your bottle shape to drift as well.

Step 4: The Final Cut

So, it isn't quite as clean as I had hoped, and the bottle shape drifts toward the spine the closer you get to the back of the book. . . . but for a gag gift- not bad.

Step 5: The Cover Up

Cut a few strips of the sticky felt a little taller than the hole made.

Place the strip as carefully as you can.  In the corners you may have to make cuts to avoid bunching and stretching.

Step 6: Finish Up

Cut another piece of sticky felt in the shape of the bottle.

(you can use a page from the book as a form to follow)

Place in the bottom of the hole.

Place bottle and place in box.

Step 7: Enjoy.