DIY Book Covers
Carefully Covered Books

With school getting ready to start, it’s time to restock your craft supplies bins as you prepare for those oh-so-fun homework crafts and projects (shoebox diorama, anyone?). So make some extra room in your craft supply bin by busting out some of that old scrapbooking paper for bookcovers that are as individualistic and personalized as you’re kiddo. Don’t have any old scrapbook paper? They’re pretty inexpensive, or you can even use old gift wrap, gift bags, or paper grocery bags.

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Book
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  1. Pick out the paper you like and make sure it’s the right size by placing the open book on the paper, cover-side down. Allow 1-1/2” of extra paper on the top and bottom and about 3” on either side to allow for folding. Make sure you place the paper pretty side face down. If the paper is too large, use your ruler to cut it down to size.
  2. Use a pencil and mark the top and bottom edges of the open book onto the paper.
  3. Remove the book, fold the 1-1/2” strip at the top and bottom edge, and crease. Use the pencil marks to help guide you.
  4. Lay the open book inside, cover-side down. The top and bottom edge of the book should match up to the top and bottom edge of the paper.
  5. Center the book on the paper and mark a 1/4” away from the books left and right side to allow give so the book can close.
  6. Fold and crease the extra 3” of paper on the left and right side.
  7. Tuck the front and back book covers into the pockets you’ve created in the extra 3” fold.
  8. Add labels and stickers to the spine and front cover for added decoration and to title the book.


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Stephanie Lindberg
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Stephanie Lindberg is the Art Director and Co-Publisher of From Our Nest magazine.

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