Turn an Old Book into a Disguise for Your Electronics

Let me start by saying that I am as loathe as the next person to damage a book. That being said, we’ve accumulated a few in our house that are no longer needed. These include obsolete text books and the like. So, when I was looking for some tricks to camouflage the electronic components in our family room, it made perfect sense to give new life to these old books.

I already made a fabric-covered box to hide our chargers. Next, I turned a book into a neat cover for the computer that sits under our TV.

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

 

I started by using a craft knife to cut out the pages from a big book. It was an old dictionary that didn’t even have “LOL” in it. LOL. Oh, that was terrible – let me just get on to the crafty part.

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

Next, I wrapped the book in fabric. In the past, I have used Mod Podge for decoupage, but this time, I tried Yes All-Purpose Stik Flat Glue, which I liked, because it doesn’t have the strong smell of the Mod Podge.

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

When that was dry, I cut two pieces of foam board to fill the sides of the book where the pages had been. These supporting pieces are just big enough to hide the view of the computer from the sides and to hold the top cover up. I left the back open, to make sure the computer doesn’t overheat. I glued them in place with hot glue, and ta-da!

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

 

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

I really want to show the whole fireplace wall in the family room, but I am making myself sew the shades for the windows first. Hopefully, soon!

“Jewels”

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Hide Your Electronics in This Pretty DIY Box

Stay tuned (ha ha, pun intended)! Our new family room with fireplace and built-ins is almost ready to show you. As part of the final touches, I wanted to find a way to hide some of the electronics that are a necessary but not-very-pretty part of a modern family room. I like this little box I created to hide our chargers!

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

 

I started with a used gift box that was the right size and turned it into this fabric-covered box.

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

Bottom of the box:

  • I folded the front of the box flat, so that we can easily plug things in to the charger.
  • In the back, I cut out notches where the wires would go in to the back of the charger.
  • The cardboard was quite thin, so I added some reinforcement to the sides and back.

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

Top of the box:

  • I cut large holes in the back for the cables to go into the back.

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

I wrapped the top and bottom in a single piece of fabric, so that it joins the pieces in the back, and the box is hinged.

I also punched a small hole and added a ribbon handle to the front of the box lid.

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

Here’s the box doing its job on our family room shelf:

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

Ta-da!

Hide your electronics in this pretty DIY box | Jewels at Home

I’ve got another disguise planned for the computer sitting next to the charger, and I hope to show that to you soon!

“Jewels”