How to Turn a Book into a Handy Storage Spot for a Remote

A fresh plotline for a used book: storing a remote!

Unlike Downton Abbey, your clunky clicker isn't exactly a must-see. So stash the eyesore in a book: You'll need one at least two inches longer and 1/4 inch deeper than your remote control.

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

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Step 2: Open the book's front cover. Coat the entire stack of pages-all three exposed sides-with school glue, taking care not to get any on the topmost page. Let dry for one hour; repeat. Close the book, weight it with a second book, and let dry overnight.

Step 3: Open the front cover, center your remote on the first page, and trace around it 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. Continue until your remote fits deeply inside.

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Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon that's half the length of your book plus five inches. Trim one end into a fork; dot hot glue on the opposite end, and affix it in the bottom-center of the hollowed-out area-this "bookmark" will lift out your neatly disguised device.

Old book
School glue
Remote control
X-Acto knife
Hot glue

2" foam brush ($0.47,
9-mm ribbon ($1.59 per yard,

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Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.