A Book DIY Project Your BFF Will Love

A Bookish DIY for Your BFF

It’s starting to feel a lot like fall here in Pittsburgh, which makes me want to sip warm drinks and laugh with my bestie, Alicia. The problem is, she lives across the country, and we don’t get to see one another as much as we’d like. That’s where this project comes in!

With September being National Literacy Month, the ModCloth Charitable Giving Committee hosted a book sale featuring all the thrifted hardcovers we used on our Geek Chic photo shoot back in July. All the proceeds were donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. I’m not an avid reader, but in the interest of helping a good cause, I decided to use one of the books in a new way — as a super-fancy case for a fall mix I’ll send my friend in California. Check out the tutorial, and use your imagination — what other little presents could you package in this clever box? –Marne O., Photo Producer

A Bookish DIY for Your BFF


Old hardcover book (deep enough for a cassette)
Craft paper (or a paper grocery bag, like I used)
Photo corners
Sharp craft knife
Mod Podge
Sponge or brush
Washi tape

A Bookish DIY for Your BFF

Step 1:
Trace your cassette(s) on one of the first few pages of the book.

Step 2:
Using a ruler as a guide, carefully cut into the pages. Carve out a space just deeper than you need, so the book will still close nicely.

A Bookish DIY for Your BFF

The hard part’s over. Now for the fun stuff!

A Bookish DIY for Your BFF

Step 3:
Mod Podge the outer edge of the pages and the inside of each compartment you’ve created to keep everything in place.

Step 4:
Create your song list. I used craft paper in my typewriter to give my list a vintage look. Use washi tape to affix it to the inside cover of your book.

A Bookish DIY for Your BFF

Step 5:
Use photo corners to decorate your cover with a meaningful pic. I used a Polaroid of a phone booth to remind my bestie to keep in touch!

Step 6:
Pop your tapes in and you’re ready to go!

Want more ways to revitalize your reading materials? Follow the ModCloth Pinterest page!

A Book DIY Project Your BFF Will Love

on 09/19/2014

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1 Comment

  1. Brown 09/30/2014 at 12:23 am #

    Nice idea and also the motive is great. I will try to make something like this for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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