I was recently bequeathed a Kindle Paperwhite, and as befitting the massive hipster that I am, I decided to make a cover for it out of a vintage book. The original idea was to find a classic, meaningful book that I was a fan of, but length, width and depth requirements led me to a book called 'Elementary Harmony Part I'. It would do.
Vintage Book (check size)
Felt (bigger than open book)
Elastic (6mm is good)
Less thick card
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Step 1: Find an Old Book
There are many ways to do this: look around your house, go to charity shops. I went to a vintage market. It's probably a good idea to know your Kindle's measurements, so you know what size of book to get without having to measure the actual device up against it. Vintage book sellers don't like hearing that you're going to rip out the innards of one of their nice books, and stick some electronics all up in there. I found two suitable books.
You'll also need some felt and some elastic. I used 6mm wide black elastic.
Step 2: Step 2: Cut Out All the Inner Pages
There is a small gap between the pages and the sheet of paper that attaches them to the cover. You need to cut along here on both front and back covers. Try not to leave much of a ragged edge, just for the sake of being able to glue the felt down flat.
Step 3: Step 3: Glue Felt Around Thinner Card
Get your thick card and less thick card, and cut them so they are a few millimetres smaller than the book covers. Don't forget to leave a gap for the spine, this cover will end up quite thick and you'll want to be able to close it. Take your thinner card, and fold the felt around the sides as if you were binding a book. Hot glue the felt to the card. When you have three sides glued onto the card, turn it so the felt is facing towards you, and glue the whole thing onto the left inner cover of the book.
Step 4: Step 4: Glue Felt Around Thicker Card, and Add Elastics
This step is much like the last step, only that you need to poke four holes in the felt for the elastic to come through. Put the card in place, poke these holes, and thread two strips of elastic through the four holes so they look like they do in my picture. Tie the elastics at the back, and cut off the excess. Then glue these flat to the card. Continue folding the felt around the card as in the last step.
Step 5: Step 5: Take a Break and Eat a Spice Bag
You've earned it.
Step 6: Step 6: Add an Elastic to Keep the Cover Closed
At this point I realised that my cover was going to be a small bit to thick to stay closed by itself. Even if yours isn't, it's a good idea to add an elastic to keep it closed, so nothing scratches the screen if it falls open. It's hard to tell from my picture, but I essentially made a loop of elastic, and glued each end to the book cover, and the felt and card I had just glued. You could easily glue them onto one side or the other, which would be less complicated. Then glue the felt and card onto the cover.
Step 7: Step 7: Insert the Kindle
You're finished! Put your Kindle in there and commence bringing it safely to all the hip coffee joints and vintage record stores!