i would also recommend this to college students who buy their own textbooks and plan on selling them for cash when you are done with them - they are a valuable investment after all!
in this instructable you will see how to combine a boring paper book cover with everyone's favorite medium: Duct tape!* it will keep your books considerably safer from all those dangerous soft drinks.
*If you're not a fan of duct tape you can use any other variety of tape, or any kind of paper your heart desires. i would recommend something heavier than plain letter paper, like card stock but more pliable. I've made a few covers out of bags with interesting patterns and brand names.
Step 1: Materials Needed
- paper bag - any grocery bag will do. the newer the better, as you can make crisper folds. pick a pretty one if you aren't using duct tape, or a plain one if you want to doodle on it!
- duct tape - classic silver or any color you like. your can substitute other kinds of tape or adhesive decorations, but keep the end appearance in mind.
- scissors or bladed tool- unless you want to rip everything with your teeth. it gets messy that way.
- a book to wrap- smaller books use less paper and tape, so you can do two or more out of one bag.
Step 2: Cut Open the Paper Bag
pick a corner edge of the bag and cut it from the top opening to the very bottom. then remove the bottom completely, cutting along the edges. you should have one long rectangular bag strip, with two large and four small sections.
Step 3: Fit Book to Cover
Step 4: Fold for Size!
First FoldStarting on the aligned cover, fold the paper toward the book.
Second Foldweigh down the first fold with the paper of the book, and make sure the spine is flat before flipping over to back cover. repeat first fold on back cover, making a well-defined crease. unfold and cut away excess paper, but leave enough to cover at least 1/3 of the back cover's inside. fold back into book again
Enough Stretch?when you close the book, the creases should not pull away from the edges. if they have, you have not left enough room for the spine. holding the front edge to the cover, open the book so that both covers and the spine are as flat as possible. then make a crease for the back cover that will fit.
Step 5: Cut Some Corners!
close the book again and make four incisions which line up with the edge of the spine, and check to see how purty it is now :D
make four more cuts, at an angle from the spine cuts, which form a parallel-ish trapezoids on the four vertical edges of the book
Step 6: Fold for Covering!
Third Foldfold the trapezoids which have now been formed along the top of the book inward. there should be four of these.
cut away the excess sticking out on top of the spine
Step 7: Secure the Edges
if you are not using duct tape and don't want the tape showing, tape only on the inside of the cover in such a fashion that the folded-in edges are secured. this is the last necessary step for non-duct tape users!
if you are using duct tape, i taped it down with one long strip which was visible on the outside of the cover, and just enough to secure the insides.
Step 8: Decorate With Duct Tape + You're Done!
once the book is sheathed as you please, take it out into the world, show it off, and study for that test on Monday!