Thursday, 18 December 2008


This guy we know, Wes, is turning 50 next week, and we got him a suitably apt present to celebrate 50 years of him being a hard-livin', hard-drinkin' rock-n-roll muthafucker.
Ever seen those Westerns/ Prohibition-era movies where the guy opens a book and finds a gun or hip flask in it? Well, that's what we're doing for Wes. Bottle of whisky though, not a gun.

If you've ever wondered how to make a movie-style hollowed-out book, read on for step-by-step instructions:

1) Select a book that's thick enough for your bottle of alcohol/gun. (We used an edition of Miller's Antiques Price Guides from 2000 - as a joke on Wes' age.)
Have your cutting instrument ready, and measure the size of the bottle you're putting into the book.

2) Leave the first few pages intact so you have something to cover the bottle with, then draw the outline of the bottle on the first page you're cutting on.
Make the sides pretty snug so the bottle doesn't fall out of the book.

3) Start cutting - remember, you've only got several hundred pages to go!

4) Remember to take regular breaks and hydrate yourself. After all, it's hard work!

5) Back to work.

6) The aftermath

Et voila!
Hollowed-out book hiding a drink!

Charlotte was supposed to arrive last night, but her flight got delayed so I'm off to pick her up from Liverpool Street Station soon!

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