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Unique E-Reader Case

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Want to make a custom e-reader case that really shouts "This is Me! It's how I roll, I am a maker!"?
For a couple of bucks, I'll show you how you can make an e-reader case as unique as you.
Practical. Attention grabbing, unique.

Make one for next to nothing, and reap the rewards of being an attention grabbing trendsetter. Well, maybe.




 
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Step 1: Hunter/Gatherer

Here is all that you will need to find
  • -  two artist hardboard canvases (They come in a pack of two for one dollar at the dollar store)
  • -  a scrap length of 1/2 inch square dowling
  • -  two small hinges, I nabbed mine off of a wooden box from the dollar store
  • -  some black clothing elastic (local sewing store or, you guessed it, the dollar store)
  • -  a needle and thread
  • -  acrylic hobby paint and brushes
  • -  Modge-Podge
  • - a drill and a tiny drill bit

Step 2: Make the Covers

Start by cutting two lengths of square dowel slightly shorter than the canvas.

Use some carpenters glue to stick them to the back side of the boards, slightly inset from the edge. Clamp them and let them dry.

Step 3: Finish Prepping the Panels

Place the e-reader on one of the boards to get a rough marking for where to attach your elastic.

Make your marks and drill some small holes. These will be for attaching the elastic that will hold your e-reader secure when in use, so keep the holes small and tight enough to accommodate your elastic. (i.e. Not further apart than the elastic is wide.)
These are amazing! Great job.
juicymoose1 year ago
i live in the UK and im pretty sure we cant get modge-podge could you use book covering film.
shaks2 years ago
Great work! I love both pictures, they came out really nice

Good work with the case too. Did you cover it with clear coat (matte clear coat) just to protect it? I would be afraid about paint rubbing off with hands
fjordcarver (author)  shaks2 years ago
Thanks! I covered them both in Modge-Podge, (step 4) and so far I am very pleased with the protection. The one with the android devil thing has been in service for awhile, I even got rib sauce on it , it wiped right off.
My only complaint about Modge Podge is the lengthy dry time. It sets up fast, but stays kinda tacky for about a day.
A matte clear coat would probably do better justice to the art, modge podge does add some shine.
Great project! Yes, a few coats of decoupage glue will provide an extremely durable finish -- and just for future reference, Mod Podge comes in a variety of finishes, including three kinds of matte and a satin; here's a link to an informational pdf from the company: http://www.plaidonline.com/eduPDF/MP_Formula_Guide.pdf
angelabchua2 years ago
Gah! I love Love LOVE this! Totally going to make one and finally have use for the tons of flat canvas boards. These will make great gifts too. Great i'ble, and your artwork is amazing!
fjordcarver (author)  angelabchua2 years ago
Cheers!
PikeMinnow2 years ago
Dude, I think I may just make one for my lenovo thinkpad tablet. This is awesome!
fjordcarver (author)  PikeMinnow2 years ago
Thanks!
LeslieJane2 years ago
Love the instructions, now to go make my own.

For those with no painting skills, maybe you can decopodge a picture on the boards, using the modpodge.
fjordcarver (author)  LeslieJane2 years ago
Cheers and great idea on decopodge (also love the word).
I actually did some decopodge on this project
(and a simple child-like painting)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Keepsake-Book-for-your-Child/

done with bits and bobs of textured things that I had. Even tissues and brown paper bags.

Not the most interesting piece, but supports the point.
rrkrose2 years ago
Wow these are amazing! Of course mine would look nothing like yours because I have 0 drawing skills!
fjordcarver (author)  rrkrose2 years ago
I am sure you could make a fantastically unique one.
Maybe not fantastic but it would definitely be unique.
sunshiine2 years ago
Very good, thanks for sharing!
Sunshiine
fjordcarver (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you Sunshine.
Where can I buy your painting abilities? You forgot to put that in the instructions.
fjordcarver (author)  Flying Shuttle2 years ago
Cheers;)
Those look great! Look the evil little android.
fjordcarver (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Unfinished (never to be) larger piece inspired by the evil 'lil android. (The e-reader case was were he was born, I actually like the skeletons more....they represent a very bare bones android)
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fjordcarver (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks! The cheap pandigital(89$) tablet, was not too useful until I rooted it with openpdp, at which point it became a useable android device...so I tried to come up with something fitting for it, I won't say that I nailed it, but it's alright. I liked it enough to have started a piece to serve as a cool custom background for it (In my head I was going to create a whole theme around it....but I lost interest.....as I do so often.....)
I'll go snap a shot of it and put it up(pretty evident why I quit on it, the composition bites). Might as well it is just sitting in a pile waiting for another coat of gesso (all out)
Cheers.

canucksgirl2 years ago
Very Nice Job! I'm impressed. :)
fjordcarver (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Cheers, thanks!