Monday, September 5, 2011

Guest Blogger - Mailbox Moments - Upcycled Book Box

Upcycled Book Box

Hi! I am Kendra from Mailbox Moments and I am super excited to be sharing a project here at Someday Crafts! Our blog started a few months ago when I moved to Hawaii! You see, my mom and I used to live 5 mins away from each other [in Utah]. We spent lots of time going to lunch, making crafts, talking about blogs, shopping, and checking out bakeries. Now that I live 3,000 miles away, we obviously can't do that anymore so we started a blog where we write letters back and forth sharing a little blog gossip, recipes, diy projects, and bits of life.We hope you will come stop by and say hi!

And now for the craft I want to share with you.....

Supplies You Need:

  • An old hardcover book [check your book shelf, the DI, goodwill, etc.]

  • Exacto Knife

  • Glue [school glue works just great or even glue sticks]

  • A ruler

  • A cute envelope, ribbon, papers clips, etc... that you want to embellish your book with

Step #1: Glue the back cover of the book to the last page.

Step #2: Flip to the first page of the book. Using your ruler, mark the square that you want to be your box. I suggest you make it big enough to fit a note card or envelope, but it is really just up to you!

Step #3: Using the exacto knife, cut along the square that you drew on the first page. You can cut several layers at a time. The first few pages are a little more difficult to cut, because you have to make sure you are cutting straight but once you have cut down a few layers, it is super easy!

Step #4: Continue cutting out the pages of the book to create the depth of your storage box. You can make it as deep or shallow as you want.

Step #5: Once you have cut the storage part as deep as you want, start gluing! It doesn't have to be exact or perfect. Just hold your thumb one on a group of pages [like you are shuffling] and glue each page as you let go slowly.

**It may also work to just use modge podge on the actual sides of the book. I didn't try it, but I think it might be quicker than gluing every page **

Step #7: Embellish! Add an envelope to the front flap, add ribbon, paper clips, whatever you want!

Step #8: Fill your new upcycled keepsake box with letters, notes and cards!

Enjoy! And thanks for reading! Hope to see you at our blog, Mailbox Moments! And feel free to introduce yourself! We love to meet new bloggy friends!

Thanks, Kendra and Mom! I love any projects that involves old books! This one is fabulous! It's fun to see Kendra start this blog with pictures of paradise (Hawaii). I also love Kendra's other blog, Key Lime Digital Design. Visit one or both of her blogs today!


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. love this. thanks for the idea.


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