We have a lot of books - many of which we haven't read. We collected a lot of pretty hard cover books for the wedding (we used them with our center pieces) and they have been sitting on our open shelving for the past 10 months. I figured it was time to either do something with them...or donate them. I decided I'd make a little hidden storage with a handful of them.
Here is what you'll need to make your own:
a small wooden crate//box
hot glue gun
 Using the exacto blade, start by disassembling the books. You'll want to remove all of the pages and just leave the "shell."
 Next, you'll assemble your spines. Figure out which books you're putting on either end and set them aside for later. Take your first spine and cut off the front and back cover (leaving a little bit of one cover so it can be folded over and glued together).
 Glue your "books" to the crate. I didn't do a very good job of measuring, so I had to add some spacers between my book end and the crate. I used the left over book covers to fill the space and covered it so it wouldn't be seen.
 Now you have some "books" to add to your shelf that will serve as hidden storage!
Cute & functional.
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