DIY Kindle Cover





Introduction: DIY Kindle Cover

This instructable flows out of Rayeath's very helpful nook cover instructable with some (hopefully) helpful changes.

How to convert a hardback book into a Kindle cover with a strap:

What you will need:
1) A book you don't mind chopping up; this book must be at least 7.5" tall, 5" wide, and 1 cm thick (though a little thicker might be better)
2) Two sheets of craft felt which are larger than the books covers by approximately 2 inches on all sides
3) Hot glue gun & glue sticks
4) Up to 3' of 1/2" braided elastic
5) Stiff paperboard; Rayeath recommends a cereal box, I used the covers of an old composition notebook
6) Scissors
7) X-acto knife
8) Paperclip
9) Ruler
10) Sharpie

I spent less than $10 on this whole project, including the book, which I found for 99 cents at Goodwill.  It took me about two hours, but this is my first attempt, as well as my first instructable, so a more competent crafter could move more quickly, I imagine.

Step 1: Prep the Book

Using the X-acto blade, cut in the seam of the front interior and back interior of the book.

After removing all of the bound paper, the book should be able to lay flat.

Cut a piece of felt to stretch across the binding and hot glue it to the spine of the book.

Step 2: Prep the Boards

Next, cut the paperboard to match the cover of the book.

After this, lay the board over the felt, and cut a 45 degree corner from the felt on each corner.

I recommend also snipping a tiny 45 degree section from each corner of the paperboard--this helped me a lot by eliminating a pressure point that looked as though it might push through at some future date.

Fold the flaps down and hot glue into place.  

Step 3: Install the Corner Straps

Now for the real fun!

Cut four 4" strips of elastic and prepare a sturdy paperclip to pull the elastic through the cuts you are about to make. The general shape should be an eyelet, with enough space left to grip the paperclip.

Center your Kindle (or other e-reading device) on the back of one of the prepared pieces of paperboard, and trace its outline.  (I had to use a Sharpie to mark the felt.)

Now measure in from the corner of this traced outline 1" in each direction, and punch a hole through the felt and paperboard at this spot.  Cut this hole wide enough for the elastic, but be careful not to make it too wide.

Next push the eyelet of the paperclip through the hole from the back of the paperboard, and load it with an end of the elastic strip.  Pull this through (you might need pliers for the grip), and repeat on the other end.  You will need to do this for each corner.

You might want to dry-fit your e-reader before the next step to get an idea of how much slack the elastic should have on the front of the paperboard.  For the Kindle 3, I needed no slack.

Now, hot-glue the ends to the back of the paperboard.

Step 4: Install the Cover Strap

Next, measure 1 inch up and 1 inch in on the back cover corners, and cut an opening wide enough for the elastic strip.

Pull the end of the strip through this opening as you did with the paperboard.  Hot glue the first end.

Now dry fit the cover with the reader and paperboard settled inside, and test the length of the cover strap.  Cut to the desired length, pull through the cover, and hot glue the second end.

Step 5: Finish It Off

Hot glue the paperboards into the cover.  You'll need to move quickly and make sure the glue is very hot so you have time to work with it.  Line everything up neatly, press it in place, and you're nearly done.

Final step: Insert e-reader, turn on, enjoy.

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17 Discussions

It's great especially when it comes to use the stuff which is no longer worth for anything.. I had an old book which I used after seeing this tutorial. I bought a new kindle to make use of that old book cover LOL!!

Hi, this is an amazing tutorial. I making one for my sister. Problem i I am not able to find felt sheets easily. Can I substitute it for another cloth? Or can I glue cardboard rectangle on foam sheets? You think the elastic will go through easily without causing any damage? Let me know. Thanks!

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Hi! I'm inclined towards the felt or some similarly strong material. I'm not sure what you mean by "foam sheets."

Hi, thanks for your reply. Foam sheets are nothing but the material used for cushioning. Eg. in laptop bags or Ipad cases. The ones I got are brightly coloured and look good. Since I am not able to find felt sheets anywhere, I thought of using foam. This explanation helps?



Hi Megha - I think those would work just fine. The real value of the felt is that it provides a soft interior, and is unlikely to scratch or harm the e-reader. Happy crafting!

This is great. It is coming out really well. So glad I stumbled upon your tutorial. Thanks for all your help. :)

SUPER HANDY: The plastic from original Kindle packaging. If you can make a perfectly-sized cutout in a book, they pop together in an extremely awesome fashion. I'll be posting one of these soon.

Very nice Instructable, congratulations! I will attempt to make one for myself for sure. However, since I am reluctant to destroy an existing book (no matter if it was found in a garbage can - I just can't) I was thinking to make the hard cover using bits from some book binding instructables.

Thanks for this great 'ible! I slightly modified this design to make a Nook cover yesterday. Instead of using the elastic band to keep it closed, I made a felt and snap closure arrangement that keeps the book front uncovered. I found a fantastic book in my local library's discard bin, which is a great resource for projects like this. I will soon be the envy of all my ereader friends. :D

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That's a great find! Consider me to be filled w/ healthy jealousy. :)

And I like the snap closure as well. Very slick.

I followed this instructable today and made a cover for my new kindle, and I have to say, it looks great! I used a blank sketchbook with a plain black cover instead of a used book (sketchbook was on sale at the art supply store for $5), and hot pink felt, and everything else was stuff I had around the house. Spending $6 to make a cool, unique cover instead of paying $30 for a mass-produced one feels pretty great. Thanks!

Very good recycling job; should work great. Love the Dick and Jane cover!

I did something similar for my Kindle using sticky-back Velcro-for-plastic instead of straps. I found a simulated-leather-bound writing tablet holder at Big Lots for $4. Then, I attached the Velcro to both the Kindle and the planner. When it opens up, the Kindle is on the right and a writing pad is on the left. Looks classy. Might make it into an Instructable.

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Thanks @bruc33ef! I was stoked to find the Dick & Jane book @ goodwill for only $1.

I've heard that quite a few folks have been very happy w/ the sticky back Velcro. My wife's getting an e-reader soon, so I'll see if she'll let me try it out. I'd be interested to see your instructable.

I believe the readers of this post may also benefit from the information that these days reader binders come with internal compartment for credit cards, cash and ids. Really useful if you are a light traveler. Kindle 3 cover