Introduction: 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

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

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

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!

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.

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