book box for remote control

A new plot for a second-hand book: put away a remote control!

Contrary to Downton Abbey, your goofy clicker isn’t exactly a must-have. So put the horror in a book: you’ll need it at least two inches longer and 1/4 inch deeper than your remote.

Step 1: Open the back cover of the book. Using a foam brush, coat the inside cover and facing page with school glue. Close the book and press firmly for 10 seconds.

2nd step: Open the cover of the book. Coat the entire stack of pages (all three sides exposed) with school glue, taking care not to get any on the topmost page. Let dry for one hour; repeat. Close the book, weigh it with a second book and let it dry overnight.

Step 3: Open the front cover, center your remote on the first page, and trace the outline with a pencil, adding 1/4 inch all the way around. Set the remote aside. With an X-Acto knife, cut along the marked line removing two to three pages at a time. Keep going until your remote fits deep inside.

Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon that is half the length of your book plus five inches. Cut one end into a fork; apply hot glue to the opposite end and attach it to the bottom center of the hollowed-out area – this “bookmark” will lift your neatly disguised device.

Tools you will need: 2″ foam brush ($0.47,, 9mm ribbon ($1.59 per meter,