Intro: Duct Tape Bible Cover With Funky Strap (for Falling-Apart Paperback Bibles)
My nifty paperback Bible's font cover was falling off, so I fixed it using a roll of duct tape and a luggage strap. It cost me $2.00.
Step 1: Reinforce Edges
The first thing I did was use the duct tape to cover up and reinforce the torn edges, both the outer edge and the edge where the cover meets the Bible.
Step 2: Cover With Duct Tape
I added horizontal strips of duct tape to the outside and the inside of the front cover. The outside strips are long, going from the edge of the front cover to the edge of the back cover. Be careful not to tighten the tape too much as you stretch it over the spine of the Bible, as this causes the back or front cover to pull away from the outer edge.
Step 3: Add the Luggage Straps
I had to slide the plastic adjustable piece of the strap up so that it was right up against the buckle. This is so that all the plastic hardware will fit onto the front of the Bible. It just barely fit the way I wanted it. I cut away the extra strap length and taped the strap ends together at the back of the Bible.
Step 4: Finishing Touches and Suggesitions
I added some more duct tape to make the cover look smoother, but I still have some tape left on the roll! Then I took the name and address card out of the luggage strap. I flipped it over and taped some appropriate words (cut out from an old church bulletin) to it. The cool thing is that I can change that tag if/when I get tired of it!
I would be interested in seeing what variations you folks come up with. I've had a couple of ideas. The dollar store had a see-through, zip-lock plastic luggage tag that might work as a pocket if it was stuck onto the front of the Bible. Also, what about loops for carrying a pens or highlighters?
This is my first Instructable. If I had been thinking, I would have used grey duct tape instead of black, so that you could see the black strap better. Anyways, thanks for looking at this!