Friday, February 15, 2013

Treasure Box Book

At a recent library book sale, my mom, sister, husband, and I snagged the "Bag of Books for $2" deal.  You get to fill a big brown grocery bag as full as you want.  At that point, it feels like every book is practically free, since we get at least 25 books in there!  

Chloe picked up this cute Reader's Digest book there.  We're not big on condensed/abridged books, but it was really cute, pink, and had Little Women as one of the volumes in it!  So, I made a box out of it.  You may have seen these on Pinterest.  The standard tutorial is this: glue the last few pages down to the back of the book.  Wrap the cover and any front pages you want saved in wax paper, then Mod Podge along the outside of the rest of the pages.  (I would recommend pressing it under a few big books at this point and letting it dry.)  Once dry, mark with a ruler where you want to cut, then start cutting down with an Xacto knife.  This part was far more strenuous on my fingers than I imagined, but I eventually made it to the end!  Then I Mod Podged inside, and then outside again for good measure, then pressed it beneath the books to dry again.

I even saved many of the pages I cut out (I recycled the rest) for future projects.

The inside isn't even close to perfect, but I think it looks cool.

I'd definitely recommend this project.  It was a lot of fun!

Love and Marco Polo,
Leah Joy


  1. Wow, that library book sale sounds amazing! Where do they do that?

    I love your book, BTW! :D

    1. At the KDL libraries. The Plainfield one has the best sales. I don't know when the next one is, but I'll try to remember to let you know. They're 4 days long, and the last two days is the "Bag of Books for $2" deal.