Picture of No tape book cover
Here's an easy, durable book cover you can make that requires nothing but a paper bag and scissors.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
This is easy, you only need a couple things:

1) Paper bag
2) Scissors
3) A book
musicaddict857 months ago

I bought some that are stretchable but they either bent the cover, or didn't fit really well and i can do this and it won't mess up the cover :D, thanks for this easy idea

marimini1 year ago

Brings me back to middle and high school. Those were the only ones I would use, unless the teacher was handing out free ones.

ahab_jr2 years ago
I've done this before as well. I've found that FedEx envelopes are GREAT for this.
bytenix3 years ago
Cheers! This is great--I used it last year for my classes and went to it again for this year. Thanks!
quengilar4 years ago
This is pretty awesome!
Harkle5 years ago
Cheers dude. I make my own journals using cereal boxes and printer paper normally covering the spine with masking tape but this makes a great alternative (looks better too).

Your instructions were really clear and precise. Only took me about half an hour to do (was using a really big paper bag!).

good one I will try it ok
AwajiMan6 years ago
I had that textbook! :D
bruno130696 years ago
This is how we did it back in the 70's and 80's Make sure you take the cover off the book before your use magic marker! It might bleed through and stain the book. Great I-ble!
iglesia777 (author)  bruno130696 years ago
Maybe I should have titled this a "retro cover" then ;) That would have sounded cooler.
I think your title works just fine, mate. :-)
Grathio6 years ago
Ah, ya snooze ya lose. I've had an Instructable sitting around for a month on just this topic. Well done!

(Whew, now I don't have to finish it!)

If you don't feel like decorating it yourself you can always buy interesting paper from your local art store or craft center. Here's one I did recently from an old map.
iglesia777 (author)  Grathio6 years ago
Ah yes, I love the map cover. I work along with the GIS department here, so I'm kinda biased towards maps. I've also done this with cereal boxes to great effect.
TY MAN only find a PAPER bag now.....
iglesia777 (author)  firefighter13336 years ago
I had to specifically request them from the grocery store. Most still carry them, even Meijer/Walmart. They just hide em under the counter.
bilham6 years ago
Some department store bags are a glossy colored paper. They would serve well and look classy.
This type of cover works well on paper backs. Unlike stretch covers this isn't too loose or cause the cover to curl. It also means no tape getting accidently stuck to the cover.
uberinsane6 years ago
I have been doing this for years, except with packing tape, which can make it last 5x as long if applied along the seems.
codongolev6 years ago
I did this, but I added tape anyway... and you can doodle on your book without ruining it.
This is great, my old science teacher wasn't good at explaining how to do this.
Groxx6 years ago
I made this style of cover for my school books for years. Lots better than the taped ones, and they tend to last longer too, as the edges / corners are effectively reenforced. Highly recommended for anyone who needs to return their books :)