TIME: 2 hr., plus drying time
• Old hardcover book, 6¼″ × 9½″, about 1¼″ thick (to house a 4½″ × 6¾″ Kindle) • X-acto knife • Tape • 1/8″ wide ribbon, 1″ (15¢; at Jo-Ann) • Aluminum foil • Paintbrush • Mod Podge (50¢; at Jo-Ann) • Weights (books, bricks or anything that weighs several pounds) • Kindle (optional) • Pencil • Metal ruler • Tweezers • Manicure scissors
1. Open book and gently bend at binding to get pages to open flat. Repeat, opening to different pages.
2. Remove a page from middle of book using X-acto knife, cutting as close to binding as possible. Set aside. Turn to page 21 of book and tape a 12″ ribbon near top of page, about 2″ from binding, so ribbon extends out from top of book. Wrap back cover, inside and out, with foil, getting as close to binding as possible. Count off 14 pages at front of book, and wrap front cover and pages together in foil.
3. Starting with first page that isn't wrapped, brush Mod Podge on top, bottom and right edges of pages. Continue that way to end, being careful to work around ribbon. Place weight on book and let dry for at least an hour. Remove weight. Center Kindle on first Mod-Podged page and trace around it. (If you don't have a Kindle, make a template. The Paper White Kindle is 4½″ wide and 6″ long.) Measure and redraw lines with ruler, making outline slightly (11/6″ to 1/8″) larger than Kindle.
4. Begin cutting: For first cuts, use ruler to make them straight and clean. Cut through about 6 pages at a time. As the cut gets deeper, drag side of blade across cut edge as guide. Change blade often. Clean up ragged edges as you work, using tweezers and an X-acto knife. Periodically lay your Kindle or template in the hole to make sure hole is correct size. When hole is about 3/8″ deep (the thickness of a Paper White Kindle), stop cutting. Kindle should sit flush with top page at this point; if not, cut a few more pages. Set aside one cut-out piece, discard remainder.
5. Use paintbrush and Mod Podge to glue all inside edges. Check outside edges, and reapply Mod Podge to any that need it.
6. Close book, place weights on it and let dry overnight. Remove weights and open book. If covers are stuck, slide X-acto knife into an opening where it's not stuck (or carefully make one) and gently pry open. Switch to a thicker tool, like a toothpick, then one that's thicker still, like a pencil, to finish task. Discard aluminum foil. Use manicure scissors to trim excess Mod Podge from edges of pages.
7. Apply Mod Podge to back cover and press block of pages down on it. Take cut-out piece that you set aside, shave a little off top and one side. Apply Mod Podge to back and use to line bottom of recessed area. Take set-aside full page, apply Mod Podge to back and place it over recessed area. Close book, weigh it down and let it dry overnight.
8. Remove weights and open book. The whole block of pages will be glued to back cover of book. Carefully slice away the top page, revealing recessed area beneath. Remove and discard aluminum foil covering front cover and first few free pages. Lay ribbon over recessed area and place Kindle in recessed area over ribbon.