When your teachers tell you to have your textbooks covered
by the end of the week, that usually means a trip to the store for some
manufactured book socks. But this year, why not make your textbooks pop with
your personal style? Check out these five creative covers, and learn how to
make ‘em fit your books this fall.
Map It Out
Chances are your ‘rents have a pile of old road maps they
don’t use anymore. See if they’re willing to donate ‘em to your DIY grab bag,
and repurpose into seriously awesome textbook covers.
Happy Birthday to You
You might not want your textbook wishing you a ‘Happy
Birthday’ every time you pull it out, but there’s lots of wrapping paper that
looks festive without being stuck to one particular holiday. So see if you have
any lying around that house that’s simple but pretty, and slap it on a book.
All Summer Long
Make the summer last by preserving your pics on your
textbooks. You can use a brown paper bag as a base and then glue your pics onto
that. Then every time you get out a book, you’ll be reminded of the great
memories you made this year.
If your mom has some old bed sheets lying around, see if you
can cut ‘em up to use for your textbooks. Obviously, you don’t wanna use a
plain white sheet, but maybe there are some from when you were little that have
cool designs or pretty colors on ‘em.
Grab last week’s newspaper, and skip right to the comics. Slap
those pages on your books, and you’ll be smilin’ all year long. Cover with
clear packing tape to avoid making your hands smudgy 24/7.
How to Create Your
Lay your textbook out flat and open on top of whatever cover
material you’ve decided on. Measure the vertical side of the book, and add 5
inches to that. Then measure the horizontal side, and add 6 inches to it. Cut a
rectangle out of the cover material with those dimensions. Then with the book open
and flat on the rectangle, cut a slit from each corner of the material in to
the corresponding corner of the book. Finally, cut out a small rectangle in the
middle of the material at the top and bottom of the book, where the binding is.
Then fold the flaps of material in, overlapping wherever necessary, and tape
them in place. Make sure to leave them a li’l loose, so there’s room for the
book to slide when it’s opened and closed.
What are the coolest
book covers you’ve ever had?
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 8/21/2012 1:42:00 PM
POSTED IN back to school, crafts, diy