I read a tutorial on making a hidden compartment book in life size quite a while back. The idea of cutting up a book makes me a bit queazy but I thought that it might make a good mini project some day. Then a few months ago Casey posted a tutorial on making one using a post-it-note pad.
I decided that it was time to try it. I used different materials than Casey. I used paper and cardboard for the covers, I like the cardboard pieces from a box of Lipton tea bags for books. I used white craft foam for the pages, it's easy to cut with scissors for regular books and it was fairly easy to cut out the center with a craft knife. Most of it was just like making a book that doesn't open, just don't glue down the front cover and add the liner page. Casey's tutorial helped with lining the cut out section.
I made the bookends with polymer clay and I made the necklace with fine wire and very tiny glass seed beads. I had to twist the necklace up bit to fit it in the book. I'm thinking now that I a chocolate bar would also make a good hidden treasure.
Green beans, baked potatoes and pats of butter made with polymer clay.
I also sent some stickers, some small zip close bags, some tiny elastics and some pieces of white ribbon.
I also sent some beads and some metal findings different from the ones that I sent Drora but some how I lost my pictures. Hopefully Rachel will post pictures of those.
I really enjoyed making special gifts for this swap, I still have 3 openings if you would like to participate.
Thank you for visiting, Mary