How To Make A Book Stash Box In 5 Easy Steps

Discretion is something that we need at times. Having mounds of Blue Dream or J-1 around doesn’t seem like the best idea. Being a medical marijuana user is something that I’m proud to be, but it’s not something that I want to parade around all the time.

I found myself bored the other day, and to cure my need for discretion, and boredom, I decided to make my own book stash box. This was an interesting experience. I did not expect what seemed like a quick DIY for storing your cannabis, to be so painstaking and meticulous.

By the end of the project, I felt like I had handcrafted something as large as the Rolling Through The Bay Toothpick Sculpture. The entire process is pretty straightforward with the normal tools; glue, book, knife, the usual.

If you are an anal person, you will thrive at this DIY. If you’re a perfectionist, I hope you survive. If you are prepared to take on this task, I would warn you to make time to do so.

You can expect roughly 2 evenings of work to get this one completed. So if you’re ready, get yourself a music playlist, take a rip and grind on.


  • Glue – Elmers worked the best for me.
  • Book – Has to be hardback and as thick as you want. To give you an example on book size, mine was roughly 600 pages
  • X-ACTO Knife – Maybe 2, I broke mine…
  • Brush – to use with glue
  • Ruler
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Water – 1/4 cup approx.
  • Small Container – Enough to hold at least 1 cup
  • Patience– Lots of it…

Although I didn’t use it, I would suggest a sharp knife that you don’t mind dulling. The X-ACTO knife worked, but it was painstaking to get the corners.

Step 1

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Begin by mixing up 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup glue in a small container. You don’t have to have exact measurements, just mix the glue and water to have a runny consistency. You are going to be brushing on about half of the glue that you just mixed onto the outside edges of the book, so make sure to save some glue for the inner pages.

Step 2

Step 1 - How To Make a Book Stash Box

At this point you need to decide where you want your first page, if you are planning on having one at all. After you have decided whether or not to have a front page, close the book and begin brushing the edges. Make sure to not brush the pages you want at the beginning of the book, the ones before the actual hollowed out part.

Step 3

Step 2 - How To Make a Book Stash Box

Now that you have your book brushed with glue you will need to set it aside for 15 to 30 minutes to allow it to dry. Make sure that you use something to separate the loose pages and the glued pages. After the pages are separated, put an object on top of the freshly glued book. Now leave it to dry.

Step 4

Step 3 - How To Make a Book Stash Box

Now that it has been 15 to 30 minutes open the book to the first glued page and use the pen/pencil and ruler to mark out half an inch lines from each edge. Don’t forget about the edge closest to the spine of the book. Now use the ruler to make your initial cut on the book. Repeat this until you are at the bottom of the book. See you in 2 days…

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Step 5

I’m glad to see you made it. That wasn’t too hard right? I hope you had less annoyances that I did. I almost broke that book in half a few times. Okay so now you have a book with a solid front cover and a few pages, if you saved them, and a hollowed out inside, now we go back to the glue that is left and then brush the inside pages.
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This is just like step 3. Only do the inside pages, unless the outer pages got loose like mine did, then glue them all. After you have applied the glue, set the book aside for 15 to 30 minutes with an object on top of it applying pressure. This time you do not need to put a spacer into the book.

You’re Done!

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After all the cussing and hurt fingers you finally have done it! A book stash box just for your supplies. Now I never said that this was going to be pretty, but it does the job.

If you feel so inclined, you should send over your pictures of your book stash box! If you get stuck or have any questions, leave em’ in the comments. Now that you are done, it’s time to find the perfect medication for you!