This instructable will provide some basic ideas for creating a case from an old book for your e-reader.
I'm often doing little projects and as I was part way through this project I decided to make it into my first instructable. Some of the earlier steps do not have pictures. This is the first time I attempted making a case out of a book so it is a little rough. Usually by the second or third time I make something it looks pretty good. I welcome ideas and constructive criticism. Rudeness and negative comments will be ignored.
I apologize to any bibliophiles who may think cutting up a book to be sacraligious. One could always keep a copy of the book on the e-reader. I made this from a not too old philosophy book. The type of book you can find for a dime a dozen at a flea market because no one wants them. :) Please don't ruin a 100 year old book to make one of these cases! I think what makes the best case is a a fairly plain book with minimal to no cover art.
I realize there are many ways to do this. I did things the way I did because those were the materials I happened to have around the house.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
- Exacto or other type of Very sharp knife
- Glue stick or glue
- Cardboard or plastic cutting board.
- Old book
- Felt or other soft material. (I didn't have any so I just used whatever I had around the house.)
- An old belt.
Find a book with dimensions larger than your e-reader.
If the book is thick enough you may be able to create multiple chambers. For this container I created 3 chambers; one for the e-reader, one for the stylus and one for the usb cord, charger and sd card holders.
Step 2: Cut Out Chambers.
On the first page of your book draw out the chamber you want. Try to leave at least a millimeter of paper around all the edges. I left a small border by the binding of the book as well. If you make the border too small the case will be weak.
With a very sharp knife begin cutting out the area that will contain your e-reader. If your knife is not sharp enough you risk tearing the pages. After you have cut through most of the pages place the cardboard or plastic cutting board under the last page you will be cutting through. This will prevent you from cutting too far into the book.
On a multiple chamber book, flip the book over so the cover is facing down. Draw the pattern of your chambers on the last page. The reason for this, is that on a thicker book it will be easier to keep the pages aligned by opening just one cover. When you open a book in half the pages will be on an angle. You must be careful to keep the pages aligned when you are cutting them.
For a multiple chamber book keep some pages between the chambers uncut. Keep enough of them uncut to make a sturdy bottom to the top chamber.
Step 3: Glue Pages Together.
This step will require patience. You will need to glue all the pages together, one at a time. On a multiple chambered book leave the last page of the top section unglued so you will be able to access the bottom chambers.
Once you have glued everything, place some weight on the book and leave it to dry. After the glue has dried you may take your knife and clean up any rough edges. I only trimmed the edges of my chambers. I left the outside edges rough to give the appearance of an old book.
Step 4: Glue Material Liner Into the Chambers.
If you wish to retain the paper look then you could skip to the last step. I prefered to line my case with material. I decided on adding material mainly because I did such an ugly job of cutting and glueing. I also thought it would prevent anything small from falling out of the book if the pages came unglued.
Open the front cover of your book and place it face down on the material. Cut the material so that it is larger than your book. The material will need to be pushed into the chamber. Flip the book right side up again and open the cover. Apply glue to the entire surface that you want the material to adhere to. If you have thin material do not use a wet glue. It may show through and ruin the look of the material. I rubbed a glue stick on the entire surface instead of using glue from a squeeze bottle. You may want to iron the material to the surface of the book. The type of glue I was using seemed to dry and adhere faster when I ironed it. Once the material is sufficiently adhered to the book then trim around the edges.
Optional method (if you are feeling very crafty you can fold over and sew two edges of the material. Pin it down to the book and push it into the chamber. Once this is done you can then determine where the other two edges will need to be sewn. This would look a lot neater than trimming the material)
For the double bottom chambers I used more than one piece of material. The first piece was cut to the height of the chambers. I started at the side of the book and glued it on the edge, then down into the small chamber, then onto the divider then into the larger chamber and then lastly onto the other edge and slightly across the fold of the book. The material did not extend onto the top and bottom walls of the book. To complete the bottom chambers, I glued all the edges of the book and layed the material flat across the bottom chambers and the page that would fold onto them. After the material was adhered well, I cut the material at the corner of the chambers. I then trimmed off excess material and glued the material to the inside walls of the chambers.