Buying a new tablet on tax-free weekend is great because you can pay up to 10% less for it, depending on where you live. However, the accessories can be a bit pricey, and make you feel like you are paying for another tablet! You can save some big bucks by making your own cover with this simple tutorial.
I added a 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to our family over the tax-free weekend here in South Carolina. I got a great deal on it compared to when I bought the first tablet. Just last year, I paid over $300, but I purchased the second one (updated version) for $169. I was almost ill about it, but that's the way technology is, right?
When I looked at covers, I couldn't reason why I should pay anywhere from $30 to $60 for it. So, I began to brainstorm alternatives. I searched through the planners and journals to find something that would fit my tablet.
I found a cute owl-themed journal notebook for $5.97 with a magnet closure. I also bought 3M Command hook & loop strips for $3.27 to make the tablet removable from the case. I needed one sheet of adhesive felt, which I already had at home from a previous project, then I was ready to get started.
One tablet in the size of your choice
One journal notebook or planner book in the size matching the tablet
Hook & loop strips
Adhesive felt sheet
Craft knife and scissors
First, I removed the notebook pages from the cover with a craft knife, cutting along the front and back edges of the pages where they meet the binding. I set the notebook pages aside for later.
Second, I cut the adhesive felt sheet to size, peeled off the backing, and pressed it into place inside the cover. Don't cover the edge since it is magnetic and will prevent your cover from closing properly.
Third, I attached the hook & loop strips to the back of the tablet. Be sure to press the two sides of the hook & loop strips together BEFORE attaching to the tablet. Also, be sure to avoid the camera lens area. I then placed the tablet into the cover, not centered but a little closer to the binding than the edge. This will help your cover close more easily.
My tablet cover was complete, however I still needed to do something with the notebook paper. Since it was still intact, I simply added an adhesive felt sheet to the outside and, voila!, the notebook was ready to use again!
What started out as one project really turned into two projects. I had a great, one-of-a-kind tablet cover and a soft-cover notebook. My total cost for everything was $9.24 plus tax. This is a very simple project that will only take about 10 minutes to complete. I encourage you to try it and post pictures of your project on my Facebook page.
What deals did you pick up on tax-free weekend where you live? Please feel free to share your great deals by commenting below this post!
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