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4 Homemade book covers for kids

Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.

Unique book cover ideas for school

Covering your textbooks is practically a requirement for the first day of school. This year, protect those books with something more fun than an old paper bag!

Duct tape book cover

Duct tape book cover

You won't have to worry about your book cover falling off part way through the school year if you make it out of practically indestructible duct tape!

What you'll need:

  • brown paper grocery bag
  • scissors
  • decorative duct tape
  • book

What you'll do:

  1. Cut off the bottom of the paper grocery bag, then cut along one side of the bag to open it up so that it lays flat.
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the map book cover project to make a basic book cover out of the grocery bag.
  3. Cover the paper bag book cover with duct tape. Start on the inside of the front cover, and wrap the duct tape all the way around the cover. Cut off the end and wrap it around the inside of the back cover.
  4. Keep adding rows of duct tape until the entire book is covered.

Map book cover

Map book cover

Recycle some old road maps into an interesting book cover!

What you'll need:

  • large road map
  • scissors
  • book

What you'll do:

  1. Unfold the map and lay it out flat on the table. Smooth out any creases or wrinkles in the paper.
  2. Open the book and lay it on top of the map.
  3. Trim the map down so that it is 2-inches larger than the book on all sides.
  4. Fold up the paper at the bottom of the book and make a crease . Repeat for the top of the book.
  5. Remove the book from the paper and fold the map where you made the creases.
  6. Place the book back on the paper and wrap the paper around the book, lining up the ends of the paper.
  7. Fold the overlapping paper around the front and back covers and make a crease.
  8. Slide the front cover of the book into the slot created by the folded paper, then repeat for the back cover.

Crochet book cover

Crochet book cover

This project is easy to make, even for beginning crocheters! Follow the links in the instructions for simple videos on each of the stitches.

What you'll need:

  • cotton yarn
  • large crochet hook (size J or K)
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • yarn needle
  • book

What you'll do:

  1. Open the book and lay it flat on the table, then measure the length from corner to corner.
  2. Add 3 inches to the measurement and make a chain stitch equal to that length.
  3. Chain an additional three stitches, then double crochet back across the length of the chain.
  4. Each time you reach the end of the row, chain three stitches, then turn it around and double crochet back the other way.
  5. Keep adding rows of double crochet until your crochet book cover is large enough to cover the book.
  6. Once you reach the end, trim off the yarn and pull the tail of the yarn through the loop around the crochet hook to form a knot.
  7. Weave the ends of the yarn into the crochet.
  8. Open the book and lay it flat in the center of the crochet book cover.
  9. Fold the overlapping ends under the front and back covers of the book.
  10. Cut a long piece of yarn and thread it through the yarn needle. Use the yarn needle to sew the overlapping ends together at the top and bottom of the book.

Woven book cover

Woven book cover

A brown paper book cover doesn't have to be boring! Try something new with this woven technique.

What you'll need:

  • roll of kraft paper
  • ruler
  • pen
  • scissors
  • masking tape
  • book

What you'll do:

  1. Cut out strips of kraft paper that are long enough to cover the length of the book. You can make the strips wide or narrow, just be sure to use the ruler to make them all the same width. You will need to cut enough strips to cover the book horizontally and vertically.
  2. Lay half of the strips out on the table side by side. Lay out enough strips to cover the book when it is open, with a couple of extra inches on either side. Use masking tape to tape the top and bottom of the strips to the table.
  3. Weave the other half of the paper strips through the strips that are taped to the table. Weave enough strips to cover the height of the book, with a couple of inches to spare at the top and bottom.
  4. Once the strips are woven through, fold a piece of masking tape over the entire perimeter of the woven paper to secure it.
  5. Now you have one piece of woven paper. Cover the book with it using the same method outlined in the steps for the map book cover.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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