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Stash Box Tutorial – Create Your Own Blissful Moments!

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Whether you are a working mom, a stay-at-home-mom, a work-at-home-mom, or any combination of the above, you know exactly how busy and stressful life can be. Having four kids myself, finding ‘me’ time is a rare treat. I spend most of my days with my two-year-old and my 5mo old baby playing, feeding, cleaning up what seems like the same mess over and over…..and that laundry pile truly never ends.

The older two kids join us after school gets out and then we have homework, dinner, family time; and then I am sneaking in time to work in the evenings, during nap time, or anytime I can grab a few minutes! Life is busy. But I don’t have to tell you that, any parent can tell you that life with kids is busy. Plain and simple. 

So how do you sneak in a little treat for yourself or a little ‘me-time’ to just get away from all the chaos once in a while? 

What can you do so that you have your very own special stash of goodies that the kids have no knowledge of, and you don’t have to share?!

Simple. You make a stash box!

MomME time How To Make A Stash Box

How to Make A Stash Box Tutorial

This project takes 2-3 days to complete due to the time required for the glue to dry, other than the long drying time it is quite a simple project. Here is how to make a stash box:

Materials for Step 1 (day 1):

Supplies Stash Box Day 1.1

  • An old book you no longer plan to read. It should be approximately 2-3 inches thick, and I recommend a hardcover book for this project.
  • A clear-drying glue such as a decoupaging or tacky glue. 
  • A paint brush you don’t plan to use for painting.
  • Two plastic bags (to cover the parts of the book you don’t want glue on).

Directions for Step 1 (day 1):

Place a plastic bag over each cover plus a few pages. This will be the part that you do not glue so it still looks like a regular book when you are done. 

Stash Box Step 1

Next, hold the interior pages tightly together and cover each side with glue. Try to keep a clean, thin layer so that it dries without any clumps (otherwise, it will be noticeable that something is different about this book). The glue dries clear so you won’t see any whiteness after it dries.

Stash Box Step 2.1

Be sure to do all three sides. Don’t worry about getting any on the plastic as the plastic won’t adhere to the book.

Stash Box Step 2.2

Once you have finished gluing, simply set the book down as normal (cover side down) and place a heavy object on top to help the pages stay stuck together while the glue dries. I simply use a cast iron skillet because I know it isn’t going anywhere if I do that (I place a paper towel under the skillet to avoid any glue accidentally getting on my pan).

Stash Box Heavy Object

Allow the glue to dry for approximately 12 hours, then remove the plastic bags. The insides will be glued together, yet you will still have a normal cover and a few pages that still look to be part of a regular book.

Stash Box Step 3

Materials for Step 2 (day 2):

Stash Box Supplies Day 2

  • Your pre-glued book.
  • A ruler and pencil for marking where to cut.
  • A knife for cutting out the pages.
  • The decoupaging glue from the day before.
  • Treats to put into your completed Stash Box. 
    • I love getting the Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar and Blondie Bar packs from Walmart because they fit in my box perfectly, and they are a pretty amazing little reward for myself. 

Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar

Directions for Step 2 (day 2):

Take your ruler and pencil and make marks on the inside of the book where you would like your cuts to be. I recommend at least 1/2 inch inside each edge. 

Stash Box Step 4.1

Draw lines to mark a path for cutting. You don’t need to be perfect here, but the line will give you a nice path to follow.

Stash Box Step 4.2

Then simply begin making your cuts. This is the most tedious part of the whole process as it will take some time, and several many, many cuts to get through the pages. 

Stash Box Step 5

Remove the pages as you go. Repeat this process many times over until there are just a few pages left.

Stash Box Step 6

Once you are nearly to the end of the book you want to stop so that you have a few pages left. These pages will act as the ‘shelf’ for items to rest on.

It is okay if your cuts are not perfect. At this point just clean up the edges a bit so you can apply more glue. If you accidentally cut too far and pierce the final few pages all is not lost. The glue will help stabilize your pages.

Stash Box Step 7

Grab your decoupaging glue and coat the interior edges with glue. Be sure to get into the corners really well. You can apply it a little thicker here as no one is meant to see the inside but you.

Stash Box Step 8

You will need to allow the glue to set for about 12 hours once again, however, I left my book outside on a breezy day and the glue dried in just a few hours. If you do this, be sure to prop the cover open with something.

Once the glue is set, you will be ready to place your sweet rewards.

Stash Box Sweet Rewards

Sweet Rewards Stash Box

Soon you will be completely Above Suspicion when you want to sneak one of your yummy sweet rewards!

Above Suspicion Stash Box Sweet Rewards

see what I did there? 🙂

p.s. I totally dig these NEW Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards. They are soft baked bars that really deliver on a highly indulgent treat, yet in a convenient, single-serve bar that just so happens to fit right in my stash box! And come on, as moms, we totally deserve a little bliss – even if we have to create our own moments here and there.

Sweet Rewards Stash Box Cookie


Have you ever tried a DIY project like this before?
Do you think you know how to make a stash box after these instructions? 
What would secret reward would you put in your box?


Need even more of a walk-through? Check out this time-lapse video of the whole process!


Head over to our Facebook page to let us know what you thought of this tutorial on how to make a stash box, then head to Walmart to find the Betty Crocker Sweet Reward Bars!
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18 Responses to Stash Box Tutorial – Create Your Own Blissful Moments!

  1. PAm March 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    This is such a fun idea! Now the kids will never guess where I hid the Easter candy I took from their baskets, haha!

  2. Travel Blogger March 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    Your are a genius! This is such a great idea! I have to get creative to hide snacks with my little one and especially my husband. I am making one of these this weekend!

  3. Liz Mays March 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    That is so clever! No one would ever guess! Those Sweet Rewards look really good.

  4. Vera Sweeney March 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    Oh my gosh this is genius! I need to make one of these and pick up these treats, I have never seen them before.
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  5. Alyssa @ The Plucky Introvert March 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Ok, I TOTALLY love this!!! I dreamed of doing something like this as a girl. I was completely obsessed with reading and especially once I read Harriet the Spy, I wanted to make a secret book and hide my “spy things” in it. lol

  6. Lauren March 17, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

    This is hilarious. And brilliant. I need several so I can stash them all around the house!
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  7. ricci March 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Betty Crocker makes COOKIE BARS??? How did I not know this?? Those look amazing!!!
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  8. Michelle March 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    I have never made a stash box before but I think it’s a great idea. I sew a little bit and scrapbook. Thanks for sharing the detailed instructions on how to make this wonderful project and congratulations on setting some time aside for yourself,

  9. tiaras & tanrums March 18, 2016 at 1:19 am #

    now how clever are you! That is so funny to hide snacks from your kids. I just always say hands off if i don’t want to share!

  10. Jeanine March 18, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    What! What a really great idea. I need to do this. My kids steal my treats ALL THE TIME and this just seems like a no brainer. Wish I would have thought of it!

  11. miss happy feet March 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Awwwwwwww… this is such a fine idea! good for birthday presents too! when someone thought you bought them a book and actually its not!

  12. Echo March 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    This is one of the best things that I have seen in a long time! I am totally going to make one of these because I can’t keep my kids away from my goodies!

  13. Becca March 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    This is a really cute idea! You know that you are a parent when you want one to put your candy in!

  14. Jasmine Watts March 19, 2016 at 2:24 am #

    So clever! Such a creative idea to hide snacks and no one would ever guess!

  15. Anosa March 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    This is such a cool idea! Definitely a way of hiding some sweets from kids haha definitely showing my sister in law this idea!

  16. coolchillmom March 20, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    This is brilliant!!! You are a genius, finally I can make sure I have my secret stash be safe! You get all my cool points today 🙂

  17. jen temcio March 22, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    I love how the book is called “above Suspicion”! lol This is actually a super good idea and I am going to make one. Thanks for the cool video!

  18. Erin Kennedy March 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    Such a cute tutorial! I love this little hidden treasure. And cookie bars? Have never heard of them, but I want one now.

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