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Turn an Old Book into a Custom Tablet Cover

Whether you’re looking to cover an iPad, Kindle, or other small device, this tutorial shows you how to easily turn an old book into colorful and custom cover.

For this project you’ll need an appropriately sized hard cover book and some packets of the moldable project silicon Sugru. That’s it! You just tear out the guts of the book, reinforce the spine if it needs it, and then (after wrapping the tablet with plastic to protect it during the molding process) you mold the corner points out of Sugru. The longest part of the project is waiting 24 hours for the molded Sugru to fully cure.

Hit up the link below to check out the full project guide including tips on finding the right size book.

Make an iPad or Kindle Case from an Old Book and Sugru [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/16/12

Comments (6)

  1. GG

    Using the Sugru makes it look permanent. Can the tablet be removed/inserted easily after the sugru dries? I was thinking if you glued down (4) pieces of 3/4″ elastic bands on a 45 degree angle on each corner of the book, you could slip the tablet into each one, and it would be held in place. This ways you can have multiple covers and swap them out quickly, and there wouldn’t be any overhead of the Sugru clips. The upside to the Sugru clips however is it protects you screen if pressure is put on the cover of the book when closed, as the clips would take most of the force.

  2. LadyFitzgerald

    @ Jason Fitzpatrick. While it is unlikely I’ll ever make a cover like described (too bulky for my needs), thanks for introducing me to Sugru! That stuff looks like it could really be useful, such as for making custom computer cable connector boots, etc. Pity the shelkf life is so short.

    @GG. I went to the Sugru website and read the stuff remains flexible. As long as you put the cling film on the e-book reader or tablet before molding the Sugru hooks around it, the device will be removeable

  3. Brett

    Yet another great, creative idea, thanks Jason, HTG. (But please, NO MORE standing desks)! Didn’t know of Sugru either, something else new today. Thanks guys.

  4. Amir

    i use a hardcovered notebook with my iPad 2. i cut out the center of the pages to the size of the iPad, glued down the page outlines together and glued them to the inside of the back cover. also glued a wide ribbon piece to life up the iPad. used Velcro to stick the front and back covers securely when closed. when closed, the iPad is invisible. so everyone just see me carrying a notebook. a friend of mine also adapted the same thing when he saw mine.

  5. ksk

    We are paying almost $600 bucks for tablet pc . so we can also buy the cover for that .If any makes hand cover with un used text cover . seriously it will spoil the Ur tablet look :) so keep in mind before ur going for this process …sorry HTG ..article is worst one ..

  6. GG

    @ksk, Like Amir pointed out, using that method (cutting out the inside of the pages), it gives some security by obscurity, if someone doesn’t know you have a tablet in your backpack because it looks like a notebook (notebook in this sense being copybook – not a laptop), there is less chance someone will try to steal your $600 table pc. Even if you were reading it sitting on a bench, it would look like you were reading out of the copybook, of course, why you keep touching the pages?? Maybe you doing Evelyn Wood Speed Reading….(Showing age here).

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