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Make Your Own Beautiful NOOK (or other e-reader) Case

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Last week, I received my refurbished NOOK in the mail. It's a pretty sturdy little thing, but I still wanted some protection for it that wasn't too bulky or expensive. I made a little duct-tape-and-cardboard case that was pretty and functional, but not for long term wear. In the meantime, I looked at manufactured cases in the stores until I hit upon a design that I like. Then I decided to make one that incorporates both functionality and beauty, as I'm learning how to make altered books now and wanted to incorporate some of those techniques.

This instructable will show you how to make your own beautiful case using wire, Sculpey (or maybe Sugru), a recycled book, an old t-shirt or other fabric, and some altered book techniques.
 
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Step 1: Part 1: Make the Holder

Picture of Part 1: Make the Holder
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The first step is to make the holder for the e-reader. You will need:
  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Flexible Sculpey (or Sugru)
  • Cutting board
  • Roller
  • Knife
  • Oven (if using Sculpey)
Shape the wire into a holder that will grip the corners of the e-reader. On the NOOK, this leaves all the important buttons and ports exposed. I made mine into an X-shape.

Then bend the corners a little bit out, to give a bit of space.

Condition the Sculpey (or Sugru) and roll it out. Cut pieces off and shape them around the corner grips. This will create a gentler holder for your e-reader. I also added some Sculpey at the joins to hold the shape in place.

Bake for 20 minutes at 285 degrees F and let cool, or if using Sugru, allow to set and dry overnight. Use clamps if you need to hold the wires in place.

After it cools, check the fit. Mine is tight but flexible for decent placement and removal.
kathrynl3 years ago
This is cool idea. It's giving me ideas for Christmas. Thanks!
susanrm (author)  kathrynl3 years ago
Excellent! Enjoy!
sunshiine3 years ago
This is a clever idea. My kids will appreciate this. Thanks for sharing all your hard work! Sunshiine
susanrm (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks, Sunshiine!
alamash3 years ago
This is perfect. I need one like this for my iPad.
susanrm (author)  alamash3 years ago
Thanks! You'll need a bigger book for it, though.