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Make an original laptop covering using a discarded hardcover book and a long zipper found at any Dollar Store, you might even have all the materials at home already! I created a book-styled cover for my small netbook and turned my boring computer into a netbookbook!

After seeing ChrysN's Wood Kindle Case I wondered if I could make a fun cover for my small netbook. I've already made a laptop tripod which allows me to use my computer when I'm moving around in one area, but I wanted something to cover my netbook when I'm not in the Lab or when I'm out having a coffee. I found this vintage hardcover book with a bear attacking frontiersman, perfect for my netbookbook. This tidy cover can cleverly conceal your netbook to look like any other book in your library, here's a short video showing the cover in action:
I know you want a sweet vintage cover just like this one, follow along and make your own!

Enough talk, let's make something!

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Step 1: Tools + materials

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tools: materials:
  • hobby knife
  • epoxy
  • straight edge
  • pencil
  • needle + thread
  • hard cover book
  • long zipper (like from an old jacket or zip-up file folder)
  • netbook (obviously)


Step 2: Find appropriate book

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Find an old hardcover book that will not be missed. You can usually find old books that are being discarded at your local library or school. I found this old hardcover book at a thrift store for about $2.00.

Make sure the book you chose is slightly larger than your netbook in all dimensions (width, depth and height). My netbook measures 260mm(w)x184mm(d)x30mm(h) [10.25"x7.25"x1.25"], the pictures show how much room I had left around the netbook when comparing it to the hardcover book. You want a snug fit, so try and find a book that closely matches your netbook.
mukena4 months ago

Cool cover for netbook <3

clever idea

tornagen3 years ago
Awesome project. Good luck!

good luck

Hippykidz2 years ago
Excellent ible!!!! Thanks, I am all over this one. My bibliophile wife is going to cringe when I cut up a book though. B>)
Very cool! I like crafty people and ideas, which is what attracted me to this site. I work with Scouts, and use dozens of you blokes' ideas with the boys. What I used until I couldafford to get a good case was an old zip-up 3-ring binder from high school. I cut the rivets off the paper rings and added some foam padding (and a couple sheets of fabic softner to eliminate static). Pretty much what you made here.
I also re-riveted the rings to a piece of Masonite board and made me a hangine notepad/ plans holder for the shop. Recycle, recycle...!
Very cool. it would also serve as a way to hide your netbook. :D Now I need to find an old book...
galadriei3 years ago
I love this for several reasons: books are on their way out, but here is a way to reuse them and even showcase them, and it's freaking cool looking at the same time!!
deni2me3 years ago
This project is way impressive! I love it, and you did a fantastic job of explaining/showing what you did. Thanks for sharing this!
jhampa3 years ago
I'm going to do this with my Kindle. Makes it a great cover for traveling. Thanks for this
Very nice project now i want a netbook now lol
depotdevoid3 years ago
Very nice! I had considered something like this, before my laptop started to die . . .
ChrysN3 years ago
Great looking case! I like your choice of hardcover book, I think we had that one when I was a kid.
wilgubeast3 years ago
Clever name. Clever project.

Love the cover, too. That's how I imagine you spend your days since leaving HQ: fighting off bears in between trips to the dollar store.
That's awesome. Makes me want to make my own - we get in that set of Wild West books all the time where I work. Probably the best use for them, honestly. :D
onrust3 years ago
Very clean.