Paper Bag Book Cover

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    How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover

    How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover
    How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover.

    Find out how to make a book cover using a brown paper bag. This is great for covering school textbooks, notebooks, or any other books you have.

    • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 10 minutes

    The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.

    Let's begin.

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    Gathering The Supplies

    Gathering The Supplies to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover
    Gathering The Supplies to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover.

    Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:

    • Text Book, Notebook, Etc.
    • Paper Grocery Bag​
    • Cellophane Tape
    • Scissors

    Now on to the next step.

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    Cutting the Paper Bag

    Cutting the Paper Bag
    Cutting the Paper Bag.

    Take apart the brown paper grocery bag to make one large sheet of brown paper. Do this by cutting down the side of the bag and cutting the bottom off.

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    Fitting the Book In

    Fitting the Book Into the Paper Bag
    Fitting the Book Into the Paper Bag.

    Open your book and set it on the center of the paper bag. Fold up the top edge of the paper bag and crease it then fold up the bottom edge of the paper bag and crease it.

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    Folding the Sides of the Book Cover

    Folding the Sides of the Book Cover
    Folding the Sides of the Book Cover.
    Now, remove the book and fold in both of the creased edges of the paper. Set the open book back on top of the paper bag.
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    Trim the Paper Bag

    Trim the Paper Bag
    Trim the Paper Bag.
    Trim the ends of the paper bag so they are about 3- to 4-inches longer than the edge of the book.
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    Fold Over the End

    Fold Over the End
    Fold Over the End.
    Fold one of the cut edges of the paper bag over the cover of the book so it fits snuggly along the edge.
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    Tape the End Shut

    Tape the End Shut
    Tape the End Shut.
    Tape the paper bag together as shown in the picture. Make sure the tape only attaches to the paper bag and not the book. This flap will act as a pocket to hold the book cover.
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    The Other Side

    Now, repeat step 7 and 8 for the other side of the paper bag. Once both sides are done, you can easily slip the book in and out as needed!
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    Decorating Your Book Cover

    Decorating Your Book Cover
    Decorating Your Book Cover.

    Once you have finished assembling your paper bag book cover you should take a few minutes to personalize it! You can decorate it using crayons, markers, or paint. You can also embellish it using stickers, photos, or just about anything else you can think of. The notebook above was decorate using scrapbooking paper and letter stickers!