How to make a book into an iPod case.

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this tutorial, you will need:
  • An iPod
  • A book that is OK to destroy
  • A ruler
  • An X-Acto Knife
  • A pair of headphones
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A pencil

Step 2: Measure

First, measure your iPod and your book. As you can see, my iPod is about 1cm thick, and my book is about 3cm thick. Figure out the distances needed to center your iPod in the book and mark the pages with the pencil.

Step 3: Trace

Next, place your iPod inside the book and trace it, leaving a small margin.

Step 4: Cardboard

Now, put the piece of cardboard in where you want to stop cutting.

Step 5: Cut

Start cutting with the X-Acto knife, following the drawn lines.

Step 6: Test It Out

After you have reached the cardboard, test out your hole by placing your iPod inside.

Step 7: Trace Headphones

Now, plug in your headphones and trace them.

Step 8: Cut Wire Hole

Next, cut the hole for the wire. This only needs to be a couple pages thick.

Step 9: Cut Headphone Plug Hole

Now, continue cutting just the hole for the headphone plug. This does not need to go all the way down.

Step 10: Check the Fit

Finally, place your iPod and headphones in the holes.



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    42 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I just found such an old book I was going to dispose of

    Now, I am measuring twice and cutting once

    Thank you so much


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nailed it! Made mine out of Harry Potter 1 (don't worry...I accidentally bought a second copy...I wouldn't destroy such a good book if I didn't have another copy!) I also put glue on the edges of the book as well as inside the cuts.

    Duct Tape Dude

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thats the reagular AudioBook. This instructable was about the iPod/Mp3 AdioBook. I agree with NinJA999, The point is ITS NOT to be read.


    10 years ago on Step 10

    I really love this idea. I think it would be great to have these types of "cases" while traveling. Perhaps for a camera or other digital equipment to avoid getting them stolen. I would use a beat up old book that looks cheap. Great way to deter a thief.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    seriously don't take this on the bus or train if you don't want to be the subject of a supposed terrorist threat.

    4 replies

    Nope. I'm quite familiar with the story of instructable's own Star Simpson. You are comparing apples to giraffes. She was arrested for a misunderstanding involving electronics on a sweatshirt. But headphone wires coming out of a book are another story entirely. In fact, unless you are actually holding it in your hand, you can't tell that the person isn't just holding the book so that it obscures the view of their headphone wires.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Cool instructable My niece saw this and made one for her ipod nano using one of those small cardboard baby books. (She stores that book on her desk that way my nephew wont come and steal it )

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Nah she stole it from some neighbor she was babysitting XD Thieving goign around alot XD


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I was just about to make this same instructable! I already took some pics! I searched and searched, and found this, so I didn't want to copy you... Anyway, nice instructable.


    11 years ago on Step 10

    As with the book safe, there are a couple things you can do to make this more stable; I used a sturdy liquid glue like PVA (Elmers would work too) and put several coats on the inside along the cut edges of the book where the ipod will fit. This makes it a lot more even inside, and also keeps the book together a little more. If you want this to be a really sturdy case, you can drill holes (through text block only, not covers); insert screw posts (you can get these at scrapbook and craft stores); paste on back cover; and paste in magnets for front cover closure (you can inbed these a couple pages down in text block and under a couple of pages glued to front cover). I'm even makeing mine with a little compartment inside to hold my headphones when not in use. I will post when I'm done :)