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This instructable is a simple DIY cardboard tablet case (for my Kindle).  I wanted to make something that would really protect the Kindle - since my son likes to carry it around everywhere... and we've both dropped it too many times! You can use the same concept or ideas here to make a case for your tablet - iPad or device!

Materials Needed:
  • Cardboard
  • Cutting Tools & Cutting Board
  • Wood Glue or Hot Glue Gun
  • Duct Tape for decorating the inside
  • Sharpies - if you want to decorate your case
  • Ribbon, thread, buttons and a needle are optional - there are alternatives I'll mention in that step
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Step 1: Cut out the Cardboard Pieces

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First, trace your tablet on the cardboard and then measure and make marks about 1 1/2 inches away from your traced lines. My cardboard pieces measured 10 1/4 inches in height by 7 1/2 inches wide.

I cut 11 total rectangular pieces of cardboard at 10 1/4 by 7 1/2 inches wide. Be sure to cut them all along the same direction - so the corrugation is what you see on the bottom of the cut pieces.

After cutting those pieces, I then took five out of the pile. On the first one, I traced the tablet again and then left about 1/4 of an inch excess space around the traced area - and cut that out. That left me with a 10 1/4 by 7 1/2 piece with a large rectangle cut out of the middle. I used that piece and put it on the next one, traced the cut out area, and then proceeded to cut it out of that one. Repeat with all five.

There will be one additional piece which will act as the binding and will hold everything together - it will be glued on very last. If you want to cut it out now, you can. My piece was about 19 inches wide by 10 1/4 inches.

With one of the smaller cut out rectangles, I drew a picture of the Instructables robot - then used some sharpies to color it in. That is very optional!
habiba.gebaly4 months ago
Can you do one for iPod touch or iPhone?
BirteT1 year ago
This tutorial is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for taking the time and effort in making it :-)
I have to make this!!! it's AWESOME!!!!
Congratulations!! We are the winners :-).
shazni1 year ago
congratulations on making the finalists!
HollyMann (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thanks Shazni!!!
Oh that is awesome! Looks all professional-like :)
HollyMann (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks Penolopy!! Cardboard is can make so many things!
PitStoP1 year ago
Beautiful Holly. It looks great! I like the robot too...
You need to see the one I made for a Nook Tablet.
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Thanks! I would love to see it! Hope you post some instructables on here! :)
I'll take a few pictures and show you. =)
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Awesome job Holly! Looks beautiful!!!
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thanks Mario!!!
You are welcome!!! :-)
sunshiine1 year ago
Nice job! It even looks classy! Have a splendorous day!
HollyMann (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks Sunshine!! You have a splendorous day too!!!