It’s that time of year again when all you want to do is go to the beach, but you can hear the school bell ringing in the distance.  It’s time to polish black shoes, buy new uniforms and cover school books and folders.  Here’s a quick and funky DIY to get your kids wanting to cover their own books.

What you need to cover books for school

  • You’ll need some lovely wrapping paper, double sided tape, scissors (or cutting mat and cutter), some washi tape and something to label the books, I simply printed them from my computer, you can get fancier if you wish!

How to cover books for school

  • Roll out enough wrapping paper to place an open book on, cut the wrapping paper a little larger than the open book or folder, about 3cm each edge.

How to cover books for school

  • Place double sided tape around the three outer sides of the book (inside the cover).

How to cover books for school

  • Cut the corners off the wrapping paper as shown, this will reduce the bulk when folding the other edges in. Cut little ‘V’ shapes out near the spine of the book as shown.

How to cover books for school

  • Peel of the double sided tape from the outside edge then fold the wrapping paper over it to adhere.

How to cover books for school

  • Make a tiny little fold in the top piece of paper as shown.  Peel off the double sided tape and fold the wrapping paper over to adhere.  Repeat with the bottom.

How to cover books for school

  • Fold the book closed before sticking the back down, as the spine takes up a little paper too and it will be too tight if you don’t allow a little extra.

How to cover books for school

  • Then repeat the process to finish the book.

How to cover books for school

  • Make a label for your book and stick it on with Washi Tape.  You can cover all of this with clear contact to keep the books looking great if you like.  To cover a folder use the same process but allow for the very wide spine and cut two ‘V’ both top and bottom to allow for the front and back of the spine.  Lever Arch Folders have two little openings on the top, cut little slits in the paper to allow for these and use some washi tape to cover the holes up, it takes a little fiddling but it looks cute if you use a contrasting tape.

How to cover books for school

  • You can even cover your pencils with the same paper, cover only about half the pencil though so you can still sharpen it. Covering this with contact is a great idea to keep it looking good and stop the paper from ripping as they are being used.

Don’t forget to take an apple for your new teacher and study hard!

Kate x

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  • Gorgeous! Much easier than sticky contact and all the air bubbles!

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  • These do look fantastic! I am a primary school teacher and I love seeing the new and exciting ways some parents have covered their children’s books. Hopefully they have enjoyed doing it and haven’t found it a tedious task!

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  • well explained , looks like you have gifts . Books will look beautiful in these covers. Great idea

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  • I always loved covering the kids school books and labelling all their other items for school. Friends would be complaining and ild be loving it

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  • This is a great idea..looks time consuming though..but would definitely make your child’s books standout.

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  • Nice to individualize their books. Thanks

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  • Saves getting stuck with contact (literally). Good Idea.

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  • Thanks for sharing; great hints and tips!.

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  • Timely with the start of school in a few weeks. I’ve never thought to use a rotary cutter when cutting book covers so I will definitely do that in the coming weeks – thanks for the tips. Your covers look very funky!

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  • Looks good but I just use plastic sleeves and recyle them each year, save me heaps of time.

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  • Clever idea! I used contact last year & also covered my sons glue sticks in the same cover

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  • this sounds so much easier then contact paper, thank you for sharing this very clever idea

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  • covering school books

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  • wowww….the pencil idea is reallyyy reallly new and fantastic

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  • school books

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