Putting a drawer in an altered book gives you a delightful space to tuck a secret treasure. A drawer is simply a niche with a box-like form tucked inside that can be pulled out.
I made the project below for a swap in a swap group. The terms of the swap were to make an altered book with a drawer -- and the theme was to be Romantic Era.
When I had made my drawer, I printed a love poem onto vellum paper and rolled it using strips of black lace and ribbon. The poem was How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Of course, it would be much nicer if you wrote your own poem, right?
Large bead or similar to form knob on drawer
Glue for attaching decorative elements. (I used Zip Dry).
Foam brush or similar
Decorative papers. I used Graphics 45
Embellishments as desired
Clamps to hold the book shut during cutting and drying(optional but recommended)
Vellum for printing poem
Video Directions for Making the Book with Drawer
The video below demonstrates how I made the drawer and put it in the book.
Tips for Making a Drawer
As you see in the video, my original drawer did not fit after the glue dried. Since it was a box top made from light card board, I was able to cut it and reassemble it.
If you are using a tin or something heavier, this would not have worked. In that case, I would suggest covering the tin with resist paper or parchment paper, and placing it in the niche before drying. That way, when dry, you can remove the tin to decorate it and then replace it knowing it will fit okay.
Whichever method you use, I would recommend making the niche a little larger than the drawer. When you paint or other wise decorate the drawer, it will be a little larger.
About the Little Altered Shoe
The little shoe on top is a wedding favor that I decorated with alcohol ink and fiber. The detailed instructions are at this link: Altered Wedding Favor Shoes.