Monday, April 9, 2012

DIY Free Kindle Cover

You may remember me talking here about how I bought a Kindle and returned it because I was afraid it would just continue to cost me money through the buying of accessories and electronic books. When I told my husband this, he said "So, make your own cover and don't buy books." He's so practical.

Because of the work I do, it is important that I keep abreast of current books. Since my local library finally got e-books, I decided a Kindle really would be a good choice for me and so I ordered one last month. I couldn't decide exactly how to take my husband's advice and make my own cover until one day when inspiration hit. I saw an unused DVD case and thought, "That would make a great cover for my e-reader!" And it works great! And it was free. And it won't take you long to make one for yourself. Here's how:

Find a DVD case that isn't in use and tear off the plastic parts that stick up on its interior.

I've already torn off the two tabs on the left side.

Take a razor blade and cut off the part where the DVD rests, like this:

I starting gluing my fabric before I realized that this part would have to be cut out with a razor blade.

Now that you've cut your case up, you've got to cover that ugly butcher job up! Choose some fabric. You'll want to grab your Kindle and make sure your case is going to close securely once you glue your fabric inside.

Testing it out.

Now you're ready to glue the fabric onto the inside of your former DVD case. This will help your Kindle to fit more snugly and not get scratched.

I used some fabric that I had on hand and got for free. It is soft and ribbed.
Now its time to personalize your Kindle cover. I simply took the DVD paper that was inside the DVD case's plastic cover and flipped it around so that my cover appeared to be an all-white piece of paper. My daughter offered to make me a beautiful origami flower for the cover. I slipped it right in between the plastic covering and the flipped over DVD paper.

Isn't it pretty?
I've been carrying my case around for about a week and I love how durable it is. I also love that it was free and I made it out of something that was essentially trash (the DVD case). And it only took me about 30 minutes to make. This DIY Kindle cover saved me from buying one for $40.

What do you think? Do you have an e-reader? If so, did you make your own cover?

 I'm linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways blog hop.


  1. That's awesome! I bought a Kindle because some of my textbooks are much cheaper in Kindle format. Last term, it saved me nearly $140. I generally just read free books. It takes a while to find good ones, but I feel like it's worth it. I also use my Swagbucks for books now if i find one I really like. The other thing I did to save money is crochet a sleeve. I've been looking for an actual case, and i found that searching for one just on Amazon's page instead of the Kindle store has helped me find ones as cheap as $5-10. I still haven't bought one yet. I've been crocheting extras to sell in my Etsy store to support my yarn addiction. ;-)

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