How to make handmade steampunk book box, spell book ..

A fan of Steampunk and Secret Book Boxes, I made my own Steampunk Spell Book Box! 
steampunk book boxA book box being a box that looks like a book! 🙂

I actually love this! It has REAL door hinges on it!! A real pocket watch and Pandora look-a-like beads to name a few!

This Steampunk Spell Book Box started life as a plain silver metal book box. Bought fairly inexpensively from eBay. See some book box alternatives below.


I used mulberry card paper  (imported from China when I was going through a mad card making phase) to create the textured surface to the outside and inside of the box. Mulberry paper is wonderful as it has ‘threads’ through it that create a fantastic textured surface that already gives an effect of worn leather or battered metal.

how to make book boxI used a paper mache approach to applying the card as oppose to laying it on in a single sheet. When using Mulberry paper the trick is to ‘tear’ it not cut it. This gives a rough thready ripped more authentic edge that then easily blends when attaching to other torn pieces.

The old gold copper effect was created using acrylic metalic paints.

steampunk spell book box how to makeThese black hinges are real black metal door hinges. They are super if a little big! You may be able to find smaller ones or better still buy some actual book edge thingies. Proper name Book Corners as I just discovered!  (I found some on Amazon see below). I added some bead and bolt embellishments to enhance the steampunk look. I have a ton of stuff left over from my cardmaking days which came in super useful for this project. Also great to add would be old vintage buttons!

steampunk spell book box how to makeThe pocket watch consisted of the outer frame and the watch face only. All working parts and the back were removed.I added the beads simply to give the box a more exotic feel, a little mystcial something. You can also obtain wonderful steampunk bits and bobs such as old watch parts, gears, cogs, keys, chains in bulk online (or go thrift shop trawling!). Printed images for decoupage steampunk effects are also great additions.

steampunk spell book box how to makeThe wording on my steampunk book box says ‘Odds and Sods’ (an English expresion for ‘stuff’) was created by printing out the chosen words and then tearing off the required text, dampening with tea (great for old effect) and adding with torn edges to the book face. I blended it in with the mulberry card so it gave the appearance of being part of the book originally.

steampunk book box tutorialThe pages effect was created using white mulbery card. The inside of the box can be lined with more card or material. Velvet would be lovely!

I keep my ‘Odds and sods’ in this box literally, and I love it! It’s very olde worldy and quite fun.

Meanwhile if you don’t want to make your own steampunk spell book box, you could check out these rather fabulous ready made ones!

And because we’re steampunk mad, more awesome steamy stuff!

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