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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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      • 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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      • Great idea!!! Looks good!

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      • looking so awesome

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      • Too cute, I love this one.

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      • A great idea!

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      • I love collecting all the beautful papers from stampin ‘up. This will be a great way to use them and enjoy them every day,

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      • Thanks for tips and photos. They look so cool. Brings back so many child memories.

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      • Sounds like a great deal of fun for the kids too.

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      • these look so good, and the kids just love them

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      • I love these funky patterned papers. Great tip to use the washi tape. It looks great, not sure how long anything would stay attached with my kids though

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      • it can get frustrating covering these. i always start by trying to make it neat but always get bubbles lol


        • lol so glad that i have seen this, now, i am going to cover books soon! great to see this post again!

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      • they make it look so easy. i always have trouble with contact

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      • Thanks for sharing; I loved covering books when I was a kid and still do! So satisfying and they looks so beautiful and personalised.

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