You don't need to spend $60 for a case to protect your $99 Kindle Fire, Kindle Keyboard or Kindle whatever. With stuff you might have around the house, you can make your own, frankly superior, case. It will be superior because, through the magic of Velcro, your Kindle will lie securely in its unique, hand-made case, fully exposed in all its glorious full-frontal nudity. (See above.) This is the only case I have seen that does not cover any part of the front of the Kindle. You can use your Kindle just as it was designed to be used. BTW, this also works for the Nook!
|1. Lay out your cardboard, eyeball about how tall you want your case to be and cut the cardboard |
|2. Here it is, cut. Now figure out where you want the fold for the spine. Fold.|
|3. Here it is with one fold. Now fold it again and make the spine about an inch wide|
|4. Here's what we've done so far. Fold those folds all the way forward, then all the way back. We want to be able to fold the case all the way back so we can read one-handed. |
|5. Now we're going to make the back the same size as the front. Fold it like so. |
|6. Use a pencil to mark where you're going to cut the back. Then cut.|
|7. Now lay your cardboard on a piece of contact paper and cut the paper around 1.5 inches bigger than the cardboard all the way around|
|8. Take the backing off the contact paper and start sticking your cardboard onto it.|
|9. This is a book and it has to close, so you can't just lay the cardboard flat over the contact paper. Fold the cardboard as you stick the contact paper onto it. (Look at the picture.) The contact paper will be a little wrinkly at the spine once you lay the cardboard flat again. That's okay.|
|10. Try to fold the contact paper in at the corners as shown. We want to have fairly smooth corners, but it's not a big deal.|
|11. Here's the half-finished case with all the corners folded in|
|12. Now fold everything down nice and neat|
|13. Cut another piece of contact paper the same size as your case, then cut about 1/4 inch from each side. This will be the inside of your case. A checker pattern like this makes everything even easier.|
|14. Paste the inside the same way you pasted the inside, i.e. keep the cardboard folded. The inside of the spine will be wrinkly. Your case is now basically finished.|
|15. Put Velcro (THE SOFT SIDE) on your Kindle|
|16. Now cut two strips of Vecro (THE SCRATCHY SIDE) and place them as shown.|
|17. Remove the plastic strips from the Vecro tape, fold your case back and carefully center your Kindle into its fabulous new case. Press down lightly and make sure the Velcro sticks onto the case. You're done!|
|18. Here is your case. It naturally plops open for your table-top reading enjoyment...|
|19. ...but through the power of gravity, if you place your case upside down, the weight of the Kindle will hold it closed. Ta da!|
|20. Or you can get a piece of elastic and close the Kindle case with that. (Optional)|
|21. Your hand-made case functions as a lovely stand in portrait mode|
|22. And with a little help, it can sort of act as a horizontal stand as well.|
|23. And best of all, the cover folds all the way back, so you can read your Kindle with ease.|
So there it is, the World's Easiest Kindle Case. Thank you for reading. But wait, there's more....
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Chris is a former math teacher and Unix systems administrator and a recovering lawyer. Twitch, the cat on the cover, was in the New York Times bestseller, How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning.
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Not the easiest case. Mine's simpler: http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/1372532/1/2009%20Kindle?h=edeb98 ;)ReplyDelete
Hehe, thanks for the chuckle. I guess yours really is a bit easier, but maybe it's more a sleeve while mine's a case?ReplyDelete
@David: complete with hair stuck to the tape.ReplyDelete
@Chris: Mere semantics! :DReplyDelete
@Anonymous: It's duct tape, you're not going to avoid that. :D
Really amazing! I've been trying to find a DIY kindle case for a while now, and this is by far the best one yet! Much easier than some of the others I've seen! Very clever idea to use velcro! (I also like your bride of frankenstein story!)ReplyDelete
HOW WIDE IS THE SPINE ?ReplyDelete
How wide is the spine?ReplyDelete
Has anyone used a light with this, the one that slides into the case.ReplyDelete
I was looking around the house for some cardboard and found a gift box with a gold leaf pattern, not for me but I am sure my wife would love it
Sorry I missed that. the spine is 1 inch wide. I am going to try duct tapeReplyDelete
Hi Rookie49, how did it work out for you? Sorry I took forever to reply. I've really been neglecting my blog. Gonna change that. I've got a new story up too.ReplyDelete