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Picture of A Cheap Kindle Fire Cover
This instructable covers the steps for a very cheap and in my case a rather crude Kindle Fire cover. Some of my pictures didn't turn out well "but" by looking at the results I hope you can easily see what I did. If not, ask questions.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials & Tools

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Materials
  1. A book of questionable value equal to or larger than 9-1/2" X 6" X 7/8" thick. The dimensions of the book are so you will have ~ 1/2" clearance around your Kindle inside the cover. I paid $1.00 for mine at a thrift store. -OR- something nice like a Moleskin notebook with a strap to hold it closed. Your choice.
  2. Three sheets of dense foam from a craft store. I got mine from Michaels @ $.99 each. If you want to be really frugal you can get by with one.
  3. Two thin hair bands. I took two from a card full I bought for a $1.00 I have in my car for my girlfriend who never seems to have one when she wants to put her hair up. You might have a couple just lying around or someone willing to donate to the project.
  4. A strip of duct or similar tape.
  5. White glue.
  6. Some cardboard about the size of the Kindle for a template.
  7. If you want a strap, about 4" of Velcro strap.
Tools
  1. A carton cutter or  similar.
  2. Something to measure with and if necessary you can just wing it using your Kindel to get your cuts close enough.
  3. Straight edge.
Of course use caution with the blade. Any blade can injure and stitches or worse aren't fun. Don't bother asking how I know.

Step 2: Remove the Book Pages

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Leaving the heavy paper flyleaf, carefully remove the pages.
Kris T.12 months ago
I tried to make a book cover for my tablet once, the kind where you cute an area out of the pages to set it in and then glue the pages together; that ended in failure. Lesson learned: Time, patience, and adequate/proper equipment...or your method, which I believe does not cause a headache, lol!

I still like the idea of a book as a tablet cover, so I will definitely be trying this method out.
Shiseiji (author)  Kris T.11 months ago
Hope it works out. My cover has outlasted the Kindle usb that developed the typical loose connection. I gave serious consideration to tackling it myself but decided to stick to less costly hacks for the time being.
darrenhall1 year ago
Good post - don't know about where you live but here in Bedford Uk the shops that sell these covers charge an arm n a leg for a cover, and they are nothing special.

These are the kind of instructables that help keep the pennies in our pockets.

DZ
Shiseiji (author)  darrenhall1 year ago
Thanks! I'm in the USA. Here a cover is typically 1/4 the cost of the Kindle, more than I am willing to pay. I added a piece across the bottom with the center 1/3 cut out. And my name and phone number to the inside of the cover. A very kind person in a hospital records room returned my Kindle when I left it there. My phone number would have made it much easier! Still using it.

Ron