Top Seekrit IPhone Book Safe!




I love playing with my iPhone, but I don't like advertising that I'm carrying a highly expensive, highly stealable gadget. I decided to make a booksafe case so that I can carry it around with me, play with it on Bart, and look like I'm reading.

Plus, booksafes are cool.

I decided to make the booksafe so I could carry use it in two ways:
1. Leave the iphone in its Marware case and carry them both in the closed booksafe, to provide an extra level of protection in my backpack.
2. Take the iphone out of its Marware case and put horizontally in the open booksafe to surf the web.

Step 1: Choosing the Book

First off, pick the book. Here are the things you need to decide before you choose it:

1. Do you want to put the iPhone in the book vertically, horizontally, or both?
2. Do you want to put the iPhone + a case in the book, or just the phone?

Once you've decided, pick out a book that's thick enough and tall and wide enough to hold the phone.

It's a good idea to pick a book with a dust jacket, because it might get messed up during the project.

Step 2: What You'll Need.

You need:
1. an Exacto blade or box cutter,
2. tacky glue (you can find this in a craft shop,)
3. a pen or pencil, and
4. the book.

Cutting the book is going to take a long, long time, and could get boring if you're working alone. I made my booksafe at a party at a coffeeshop, which was fun. Also I made lots of new friends, everybody was curious about what I was doing.

Since you're using a sharp knife, I wouldn't do this at an airport.

Step 3: Outline the Shape.

Take the dust jacket off the book, and put it somplace it won't get glue on it.

Outline the shape you're going to cut in the book.

Step 4: Glue the Part You'll Be Cutting.

Figure out what part of the book you'll be cutting-- leave a few pages at the front and the end of the book.

Put tacky glue along all the sides, then smear it down evenly with a napkin or coffee stirrer and let it dry.

Step 5: Start Cutting!

Trace your shape with your Exacto blade, cutting through a few pages at a time. Every few pages, pull out the paper you've cut.

Step 6: Voila! You Have Your Case!

Here you can see my phone + Marware case in the book.

You can also see the outline I made when I decided to cut a second, shallower hole so that I can put the iPhone uncovered in the book horizontally for easier web surfing.

Step 7: Optional Extra-fancy Things You Can Do.

I want to figure out a fun way to hold the book closed when it's in my backpack.

I'm also thinking about lining the inside of the case with fabric, or painting it, to even out the rough edges. It's pretty nifty as is, though.



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    32 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 7

    I'm implanting magnets into the pages to keep it closed! I love this idea I'm doing it now

    5 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 7

    that is a good idea by do you realize that magnets can wipe electronics like iphones and flash memory and definitely hard drives


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    flash memory would not be affected by a magnet. only an ipod video with a hard drive would be affected.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    haha i made one just like this for my iPod touch 4 like 2 months ago!!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I tried it for my iPod Nano and it works great! This will be a awesome thing for silent reading time at school!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    To hold the book shut put magnets in the corners. If you've left enough room at the front you can put magnets in both sides to hold the book shut. Magnets and a thing metal strip also work. If you go to a hobby store you can even get those super strong rare earth magnets. Of course magnets + hard drives might not get along so might not want to try this with a hard drive based mp3 player

    6 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Are they really "rare" earth magnets if you can buy a bunch of them at hobby stores?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hard drives are well shielded from magnetic fields. They actually contain stronger magnets than you'll likely ever put near them. in this post floppy disk era, magnets are no longer a real danger around computers.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    My mom worked at Maxtor a few years ago, and they would test them with huge super-uber electromagnets, and yes, most of them survived.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I know myself, I tried to wipe a hard drive a long time ago with a powerful magnet I had, didn't work at all. They're made of some thick metal eh?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I know, but thought I'd put in the disclaimer so no one could accuse me of trying to sabotage an ipod :). I've taken apart many a hard drive for the magnets. They're awesome. Some you can't even pry off my fridge door.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I used the magnets and thin metal strip in my Instructable for making a book safe/ mp3 player case Here