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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25 Discussions


8 years ago on Step 4

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


9 years ago on Step 3

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


10 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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.


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

You don't necessarily live 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...

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


9 years ago on Introduction

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

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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


10 years ago on Introduction

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