Introduction: Paperbag Book Cover

Picture of Paperbag Book Cover

Some classes at your school may require you to cover your books for the school year. Instead of going out and spending money on book covers that may or may not be one size fits all, you can make your own for free out of a paper bag. The Spanish teachers at our school demonstrate the method I'm going to show you here.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
Making this book cover is very simple. That materials you will need are:
  • A paper bag
  • A book to be covered
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Be sure to use tape that will stick to the book and won't detach itself. Don't use duct tape or any other tape that will leave a residue or tear away at the book.

Step 2: Cutting the Bag

Picture of Cutting the Bag

First look for a seem on your paper bag. You'll need to separate the seam all the way to the bottom. If your bag doesn't have a seem just cut it along one of the corners. Then cut the bottom off your bag.

Step 3: Creating the Book Cover

Picture of Creating the Book Cover

Place your book laying open somewhere in the center of your bag. Then fold the left end of the bag halfway across the inside of the front cover. Tape this end securely. Do the same for the other end. You are going to need to cut off a lot of the bag to make it fit your book. Before you tape this end down, close your book and pinch the bag. Then open it up again and tape securely. Now you can either cut the bottom and top of the bag or do the following. Cut out a notch in the bottom and top of the bag in the center. Fold the top and bottom flaps onto your book and secure with tape. Congratulations you should be done.

Step 4: Decorate!

Picture of Decorate!

Pull out your markers, stickers, crayons, colored pencils or whatever and decorate your book cover to you heart's content. Anyone mind making one and putting a instructables robot sticker on it? Feel good about not spending a cent on your book cover and this should hopefully have only took you five minutes.

Comments

PumaGator made it! (author)2015-01-20

Take off unnecessary info and tags, like your Mario blanket or the "find my name" one. Other than that, great tutorial. Lots of photos and good detail.

popa27272 (author)2010-10-20

a great way to make sure that ur book cover doesn't get those annoying rips is to then go over the cover with box tape, which also turns ur book into ur own whiteboard

onoffpt (author)2010-02-09

No description about book corners and other problematic areas.
This makes it very obvious and with no additional value.

Scammah (author)2008-09-14

I have done this along time ago. I'm just curious why would some classes require you to cover your books? I thought it was just something cool to do.

andrea0701 (author)Scammah2008-09-15

If I recall correctly, it saves the book covers and makes them last longer, so the school doesn't have to replace books so often (so it's a money-saver)

Yep, in french, we have brand new books this year, so they want us to keep them nice with book covers. It also is a barrier to that urge to draw all over them.

craig3 (author)Weissensteinburg2008-09-15

Your school gives you books? everyone i know and myself have to buy all our books ourselfs

Weissensteinburg (author)craig32008-09-15

Are you in college?

craig3 (author)Weissensteinburg2008-09-15

nah, im australian and we dont even have college

Weissensteinburg (author)craig32008-09-16

You don't have universities?

craig3 (author)Weissensteinburg2008-09-16

oh no, we have universities but you just dont live there

Weissensteinburg (author)craig32008-09-16

You don't necessarily live there...you just have to live close enough to get there for class every day.

We don't use textbooks. All electronics. Our science, we use the Wii, computers, dreamcast, and projectors. I am actually getting the sciencetoo, since we're not sitting there bored...

bumpus (author)mg0930mg2009-02-23

Yeah, us too, We rarely use textbooks for anything.

mg0930mg (author)bumpus2009-02-23

There's only one class, we use a textbook for, and that is math...

watermelonhead (author)mg0930mg2009-08-26

well, duh. Math is supposed to be boring.

watermelonhead (author)2009-08-26

Thankey, I just came home from school and needed to cover my books. Anf you have a MARIO BLANKET?!!??!?? :D

ansanma (author)2009-07-26

I was wondering if someone had created an instructable about this and found yours. I use old maps to cover books. Saludos desde España!

shadowemblem (author)ansanma2009-08-11

Hola. i was looking for the same thing and found ur's y ansanma's. thankz to both of u 4 the ideaz ~_~ -Saludos desde EE.UU (USA) -Ivy

ScaryTrout (author)2009-03-01

Cool, a Meijer bag, you must live nearby. Meijer isn't everywhere.

Wasagi (author)2008-10-25

I'm sorry, but French is Wayy Better...

dude6657455 (author)2008-09-18

your real name is owen rodriguez , am i right?:)

emuman4evr (author)dude66574552008-09-19

And your name is Gabriel...

omnibot (author)emuman4evr2008-10-13

Rumpelstiltskin?

emuman4evr (author)omnibot2008-10-14

AAAAHhhh nooo, fine you can keep your daughter.... And no.

omnibot (author)emuman4evr2008-10-19

He he he .. I lol´d

About This Instructable

28,434views

14favorites

More by emuman4evr:Paperbag Book CoverHow to make music sound scary!
Add instructable to: