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by Marina (subscribe)
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Published May 20th 2013
DIY: Creative ways to keep a secret
Sometimes it's necessary to hide things around your house. You might be hiding an object from your parents, siblings, housemates, burglars - everyone but yourself. Here are a few creative ideas for hiding spots:

Vases

Get yourself a china vase, drop your item inside, then fill the vase with dried or fake flowers. Add a bit of colour to your room, and it serves as a great hiding spot.



You can also get a pot pourri and bury an object under a pile of fragrant leaves and petals. It'll smell great when you get it out again too.

Bury it
On the note of flowers, put your item into a freezer bag and seal it carefully (use two bags if you want it to be extra safe) then bury it in the garden. Make sure you remember where it is, though. If you want to keep it closer to yourself then invest in a pot plant that you can bury your treasures or secrets underneath. Don't get too attached to the plant, though - when you get your item out again you might irreparably damage its roots.



Powdered food tins
Do you enjoy Milo or keep your flour in a tin? Hide your things in an empty tin and keep it in the cupboard alongside your coffee and tea. It's practically in the open, but still effectively concealed.



Fridge
Wrap your item up in a freezer bag and put it in the back of the refrigerator. If you want to get really clever, take a bag of frozen vegetables that no one has touched in a while, put your item inside (wrapped, unless you want it to get frozen to a bunch of peas and carrots) and close it up again.



Toys
Got kids? If you have valuable items it would be a better idea to hide them in a box of Lego or a Barbie wardrobe than in your own bedside drawer. Some stuffed toys can be zipped open (especially the ones that make sounds, as they contain noisemakers with battery compartments) and have plenty of space inside. Hand- or sock-puppets also have a fistful of room in which you can hide your things. A thief is much less likely to look through the toys of a child than the possessions of an adult.

Just make sure that the kids don't get into your toy hiding spots.



Pet food
For those who have pets, a big bag of pet food is perfect for concealing an item inside if you want to keep it away from a casual burglar. Do not forget to wrap it up - try to get a good-sized package. This will make sure your things don't end up smelling like dog food, and that you don't accidentally feed it to your pet.



Socks
The sock drawer is a notorious hiding spot, but you can conceal small objects inside a pair of rolled up socks. Those with pantyhose or long stockings get even more to work with. Just nestle your item in the toes of a sock, then carefully roll them up. Weigh the lot up in your hand to make sure that it's not suspiciously heavy and that there are no awkward edges.

If you have a lot of shoes in your wardrobe, a pair of old gum boots could also be a great place to conceal an item.



Books
Letters and notes can be hidden inside a book of your choice. Find an old book that no one else in your house is going to be keen on reading and slide your paper between the pages.

Alternately you can hide paper in the jackets of hardcover books. If you want to be really savvy, slip the paper into the jacket, then tape down the jacket. This will essentially turn your book into a novel envelope (yes, pun intended.)

For those who want to get even craftier, and need a bit more space, you can make a fake book. Get a thick hardcover book and cut out a square from each of the pages. Then glue down the edges of the pages to create a hollow in the centre.




REMEMBER

Remember where your hiding spots are. You don't want to have hidden your things so carefully that you can't even find them yourself.
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Your Comment
I think they are cool, thanks for sharing your creative ideas.
by Susan Jackson (score: 2|754) 1943 days ago
Great ideas!!! I'll definitely try some of them...
by Carolyn Hopping (score: 2|950) 1944 days ago
Do you think burglars / thieves can't read? Surely these would be the first places a thief would look.
by kayle (score: 0|4) 1951 days ago
Some of these are really good ideas. In response to the above comment Hopefully by the time they did go through some of these hiding spots they will get bored or better yet caught !
by Irene (score: 1|19) 1951 days ago
Secret no more.
by aliso (score: 0|4) 1948 days ago
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