Make Your Own Discreet iPad Book Case
If you’ve always liked the idea of hiding your iPad in a discreet case, why not build your own out of an old book? This is a great idea and it’s pretty simple, you don’t need much to get it done either:
- Old book that is a bit larger than the iPad
- Wood glue or similar
- Exacto knife, box cutter, and/or Dremel tool
The Instructables guide has the following advice for choosing a good book for this project:
Take your iPad to a second-hand book shop or thrift store and find a book that is the right size. I found the best size was when you set the iPad on the pages of the book, there is about 20mm (3/4″) to 25mm (1″) all around it. Too small is a problem because the paper won’t be strong enough to hold the iPad in and too big is fine, if you like carrying alot of size and weight you don’t need. The perfect thickness is when the pages of the closed book are the same or slightly thicker than the iPad. I also chose a book with lots of photos because the pages were thicker which meant stronger and less to cut.
Basically you just open the book, outline and measure the iPad, and start cutting. If you’re OCD, the Dremel tool is used to make clean lines around in the inside of the book, but it’s not a requirement. After the pages are cut out to accomodate the iPad snuggly, glue the pages and back cover together (but not the front cover!), wait for it to dry, and you’re done. Instructables suggests you don’t glue the pages together so you can slip the power adapter through and charge the iPad while it’s in the book, but I think the protection offered by having the pages bound together is worth the trade off. The only thing I’ve noticed that the guides are missing is a little thumb notch so you could easily pull the iPad out of the book.
You could use the same guide to create a discrete case for the iPhone, an iPod, MacBook Air 11″ or any other laptop too, although building one for the 17″ MacBook Pro may pose a physical challenge. This is much cheaper than buying something like the BookBook iPad case, although admittedly unless you get a fancy leather book it probably won’t turn out quite so classy.
If done properly, it looks just like a standard book when closed:
Inside the iPad sits snuggly:
The iPad is completely usable inside the book case:
Great weekend project! These additional pictures come via Imgur, thanks for sending this in Andy!