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!
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
Step 1: Cut out the Cardboard Pieces
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!