Homemade Kindle Cover

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Regina Edwards

    About the Author

    Regina Edwards has been a freelance writer since 1990. She has penned video scripts, instructional manuals, white papers and abstracts. She has also ghostwritten diabetes journals. Edwards is a scuba instructor and Usui and Karuna Reiki teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph's University.

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    The Kindle electronic book reader from Amazon comes with a basic cover to protect the device from damage when stowed in a purse or briefcase. A decorative homemade Kindle cover can provide added protection and reflect the personality of the user. A homemade cover is also a thoughtful present for e-book enthusiasts or to accompany a new Kindle reader.

    Materials

    A cover for the Kindle can be adapted from used composition notebook covers, journals or old calendars -- really anything graphic that has a hard cover and flexible spine. Consider recycling these items by selecting one with an attractive or sturdy cover and removing the internal pages. A template cut from kraft paper or cardboard is helpful -- especially if you plan to make multiples. If desired, an attractive covering can be added using fabric or gift wrap, so have spray-on adhesive ready during assembly. Use a thin sheet of foam to protect your Kindle's screen and buttons on the back. Affix elastic bands to secure your device in its cover with hot glue or staples.

    Measurements

    Measure the dimensions of your Kindle. Different models have different measurements. The Kindle measures 6.5 by 4.5 by .34 inches, while the Kindle DX measures 10.4 by 7.2 by .38 inches, and the Kindle Paperwhite is 6.7 by 4.6 by .36 inches. When you don't have the Kindle model you're making a cover for on hand, consult the company's website for the exact specifications of the model you need.

    Making the Template

    Place your Kindle on one side of the newsprint and pull the paper over the device to cover the front. Carefully cut the paper around the device to create a template for your cover. Open your book cover and center your template on it. Trace the outline of the template on the inside of your book cover. Use a craft knife to cut a rectangle with rounded corners that is 1/4 inch larger on all four sides. Measure the thin foam sheet to prepare two rectangles that are the same size as the Kindle.

    Assembly

    Affix two thin elastic bands to the top and bottom of the inside back cover: the first 1 inch from the edge and the other 1.5 inches from the edge. Secure each end with hot glue or a staple. Center each foam sheet to the inside front cover and inside back cover to cushion your device and affix with spray-on adhesive or glue. You can line the outside and inside of your cover with fabric or gift-wrap, using spray-on adhesive to affix it to the cover and foam material. Open your book cover, place your Kindle on the inside back cover, pull one elastic band over it hold in place and close the front cover. Pull the other elastic band over the cover to secure.