Introduction: How to Make a Quick Book Cover

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Here is an easy and quick way to make a book cover!

Step 1: Materials

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Materials: a book, scissors, tape, a piece of paper.
You can play with the book cover material: reuse a paper bag with cool pattern or water-proof material such as Tyvek.

Step 2: Fold

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You don't need to measure anything, just eyeball it. First, lay the book on the paper. Leave a width that you feel like and fold it over on the first edge, and do the same thing on the other edge.

Step 3: Trim the Width

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Cut off the extra.

Step 4: Put the Book On

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Slide the book into the paper you just folded.

Step 5: Trim the Length

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Cut off the excess that's too long for the book. (You only need 1-2 inches for it.)

Step 6: Cut Off the Space for Book Back

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Make a cut for the book spine on both sides of the book cover. The width is the same as the thickness of the book.

Step 7: Fold and Tape

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Fold the top and the bottom to fit the size of the book and tape them down.

Step 8: Then It's Done!

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Do the same on the other side, and you have quickly made a book cover for your book!


snicket (author)2010-02-20

Simple. I tried doing something similar with thin sheets of foam but it created too much resistance when turning pages

RusselJ5 (author)snicket2016-10-03

construction paper worked the best

dfonseca25 (author)2016-09-07

this is awesome!I would love to use it for my new book

Tiltoes (author)2015-07-21

mahmoud.salman.71 (author)2015-03-22

what can I use to do it for a scary or a horror story

AzatV (author)2014-08-27


Rebecca The Green Ninja (author)2014-01-19

Can we draw on the paper?Just askin'

slo5oh (author)2013-08-20

I made a very similar cover all through my school years. I think your method works better for soft cover books but mine was a tad different and I think may work better for hard cover books. At step 2 and 3, where you fold and trim the width I would leave a LOT more excess, so much that that the folded end would slip over nearly the entire front and rear covers. Trim the top and bottom just like you did, but don't cut out the strip for the spine (your step 6). When you fold the top and bottom just tuck them up under. Be sure to leave a good 1/4" of flap top and bottom so your left and right covers have the required thickness to fit over the hard cover book . If you did it right, all corers and edges are covered and when you open the book causing the cover to try to slip off the longer slips (left and right) would not allow it to come off. If done right no tape is necessary, but I would still tape it anyhow.

jsomani (author)2013-08-08

Can we use disapeering glue?

Pfarmkid (author)2012-03-15

just did it too my sketchbook

the_lonely_snake (author)2011-09-13

amazing!gives room for lots of creativity tyy

Loved2010 (author)2010-09-29

I did this in my classroom for RTI already and it was really easy!!!...

EpicZombie (author)2010-04-06


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