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Dad will pore over this year’s gift: a wooden “book” with a secret drawer for keepsakes or knickknacks. 

Photography by: Aaron Dyer
Paint diamonds, stripes, and other details to mimic vintage hardcovers.

To begin, stain the entire surface of a modern book box (available at crafts stores and online) with diluted paint; let dry. Then use undiluted paint to add designs like stripes (use painters’ tape for straight lines). Start Dad’s collection by dropping in a few shared mementos.


Unfinished-pine book box with pullout drawer, 8", $12,
Liquid gilding, in Gold, $7 for 0.75 oz., and multisurface satin craft paint, $2 for 2 oz., by Martha Stewart Crafts,


Once the box is dry, don’t forget to dress up the compartment where Dad will store special items like cuff links and lucky golf tees. Using craft glue, line the inside with velvet or decorative paper.


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