Did you get an iPad for Christmas? Looks like somebody tricked their way onto Santa’s ‘Nice’ list. If you don’t want to be stuck with the same old iPad covers everyone else is using, there’s an easy way to make an iPad cover from an old (or not-so-old) book. This should also work with any other tablet computers you may own.
- an old hardback book
- 3 minipacks of sugru
- masking tape
- tissue paper
- You can use any hardcover book to make your iPad cover. To get the best fit, just hold your iPad up to the book to see if it’s big enough.
- FYI: As well as getting the right size it is important to get the right thickness so that the book will close. The hooks add around 2cm to the thickness of the tablet so your book needs to be thick enough to contain both.
- Open the book at the front or back cover.
- Push the covers apart to open up the space between the pages and the cover.
- Cut down the join between the cover and the pages. Be careful too not cut too deep and damage the spine.
- Repeat on the opposite cover.
- Once the pages are removed, cut away any excess paper joined to the covers.
- After cutting out the pages, to reinforce the spine and for a cleaner look, we added a thin layer of sugru. Simply spread the sugru with your finger over the length of the spine.
- Before working on your hooks, wrap your tablet in cling film this prevents sugru from bonding to your tablet. We added some masking tape to keep the cling film from moving around.
- To make sure you add the hooks in the right places, make a small mark on each corner of the book where you want your tablet to be located.
- To create the hooks it is best to do it in two parts. The first add a little sugru dot at the points where you want your hooks to sit to ensure a good bond with the paper.
- For the second part, to make the hooks, divide the remaining sugru into 4 equally sized balls and roll them into little sausages.
- For each corner, press the bottom of each sausage into the sugru base you have already applied.
- Bend the top of the sausage out from the book in each corner.
- Once each sausage is in place, position your tablet inside the book.
- Bend the sausage over to form the hook.
- Leave to cure for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, simply lift up the tops and remove your tablet. The sugru should quite easily come free from the clingfilm, if a few pieces remain simply peel them off.
- Your iPad cover is now ready to go!
Now, with your iPad disguise firmly in place, you can make others think you’re reading Moby Dick while you secretly check out the latest cat videos on the Web.