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.
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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)
-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'
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.