Money book case

I’ve been looking for a clever box to keep my money in for craft fairs. Right now I keep it in a little clutch I made that I messed up on (though I always get compliments on the print!), but it’s super impractical because all the money just ends up lumped together and it takes me too long to give change.

Naturally I gravitated towards two of my favorite things for inspiration: books & hiding places!

I used a philosophy text-book left over from college, Mod Podge, and a couple of magnets.

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I started by Mod Podging the top and bottom pages to the cover of the book.

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Then I separated the top and bottom sections with wax paper, leaving enough top section pages to embed a magnet. The wax paper creates a non-stick separator between the sections, allowing you to pry them apart later. Secure the book shut with rubber bands and paint the edging with Mod Podge. Apply several coats, letting them dry completely in between.

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Just checking to make sure the pages stay together!

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Place your magnet and trace it so you know where to dig out pages and to make sure your dollar pits won’t run into it. Also, trace out the pits you’re going to dig out to hide your dollars in.

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This part was a little bit of a guessing game. I would cut out a few layers of pages then test to see how well the magnet fit. I continued until the top was flush with the pages.

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Cut out your dollar pits, one at a time. I cut the two outside parts first, coating the insides completely with Mod Podge before cutting the center one. This way those slim dividing pieces are secure and you’re less likely to cut through or rip them.

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Glue your magnets in place with some real serious glue.

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When everything is dry, fill it with dollars!

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Then close it. See? To the untrained eye, this book simply looks like it has some messed up pages.

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Place on a bookshelf, take to a craft fair, leave in your car while at the beach. Happy hiding!

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1 Response to “Money book case”


  1. 1 Jay December 9, 2012 at 1:24 am

    You are so incredibly creative! I would have never thought about something like this in a million years!


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