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A green apple on top of a stack of school books that were covered and decorated with washi tape and wrapping paper.

Washi Tape and Wrapping Paper Book Covers DIY

By Brenda Ponnay

It’s Back-to-School time! That means new school books for the older kids to carry around. And, let’s face it, carrying heavy books can be such a drag!  You can’t really lighten their load but you can brighten it with some fun book covers made from wrapping paper and washi tape. Here’s how:

Supplies for making book covers (wrapping paper, washi tape and scissors )

Supplies you’ll need for your book covers:

  • wrapping paper wider than your biggest book (check local craft stores for fresh new patterns)
  • washi tape or decorative masking tape
  • scissors
  • stickers (optional)

 

Instructions for making book covers:

You probably remember how to cover books from the last time you were in high school but if you need a refresher her’s how we did it:

A visual tutorial for how to make a book cover using wrapping paper and washi tape

 

First, lay you book down open faced on your wrapping paper and cut it so that you have one inch on the top and the bottom and two inches on each side.

Bend your paper around the book on the top and the bottom so you have a slight crease for reference. Remove the book and crease the top and bottom sides down. Then put your book back down and do the same thing for the right and left sides. (Be sure to do this step with your book open.)

Now that you have all your sides folded carefully slip your cover into the two inch slot created by the folded sides. Tape to secure and then decorate with tape! Try stripes in different colors going all directions. Let your students show their individual style with prints and patterns. If they are still into stickers that works too!

A teenager holding a stack of books that have been covered with wrapping paper and washi tape.

 

Books or festive presents? I guess that depends on how much you like to study! Enjoy!

More Ideas for Back-to-School from Alpha Mom:

  1. DIY Chore Chart, Family Calendar and Magnetic Pen 
  2. DIY Tiny Apple Magnets for the Refrigerator Art Gallery
  3. Free Printable Personalized Bookplates for Back-to-School
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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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Wendy Copley
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These are so cute!

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