A secret one story home for you

A secret one story home for you
A secret one story home for you


When I was a child I would get lost in book series like the Borrowers and the Littles. They both featured tiny human-like creatures who lived undetected in our homes using discarded or lost items as their furniture–bottlecaps for table tops, thimbles for stools, etc.


When I saw Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Hidden Drawer Book Box, I knew this faux book would create a perfect home for fictional tiny characters.





I hope you stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and leave a comment on the tutorial there. If you don’t have time, you can follow along here.

Begin making the Characters in a Book by assembling the Hidden Book Box using a strong glue such as Beacon Fabric Tac. Paint the external surface of the book with brown paint and let dry.

Drill a hole in the center of the drawer and add a knob. Trim your metal corners so descending edges will not prevent the drawer from opening.


Next apply a thick layer of Gold Texture Crackle Paste to the exterior surfaces of the Hidden Book Box. Do not apply the past to areas where the edges of book pages would typically show. Add metal corners and a lion knocker while the paste is still wet.


Allow the paste to dry overnight. Once it is dry, easily remove the metal edges and knocker. Coat the surface with Brown Cre’me Wax and rub off with a paper towel, removing all excess.


Put a strong glue onto the metal corners and knocker and put them back into place.


Print two copies of Alpha Stamps Hidden Book Collage Sheet. Cut out the paper edges and adhere them to the sides of your book box and drawer.


Remove pages from an old book, preferably one with a mechanical theme. Use the pages to line the inside of the drawer. Increase the aged look by inking the edges with brown ink. Spray matte sealer to protect both the interior and exterior.


Next create small rooms and hallways by assembling and gluing together metal gears with a strong adhesive.

Make rugs, bedspreads and pillows from decorative paper and glue in place. Glue the miniature furniture in place.

Make some tiny papers for your desk and your little home is complete. Now all you have to do is wait for some teeny tiny occupants to arrive!


Great Stuff

Hidden Drawer Book Box

Looking Glass Hidden Book Collage Sheet

Beacon Fabri-Tac

Finnabair Gold Crackle Texture Paste

Deco Art Creme Wax


Metal Gears

Metal corners

Metal knob

Lion knocker

Pages from an old mechanical book

Brown ink

Matte sealer

Decorative paper


2 Responses »

  1. Oh, Betsy, this is just fantastic! I adore the drawer exterior (who makes that gold cream crackle? I want it right now!! LOL) Your embellishments are perfect. I used to have several of those brass lion door knockers, but I can’t find them anymore – I LOVED using them on albums.
    It’s brilliant the way you’ve used the one shape gear to create so many different items in your home. Very very clever. And what a great way to use up your steampunk gear stash! (I went wild buying gears about eight years ago and I have a DRAWER filled with them – must be ten thousand LOL).
    Great work – and – please let me know who makes that gold crackle cream!

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