Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
Are you ready for a really, truly, incredibly easy project? This is it!
Some of you may remember having to make these book jackets when you were in grade school. The school would issue your textbooks, and then you’d be required to keep them covered with book jackets all year long. But for those of you who were never required to do this, let me show you how easy it is.
I love using hard bound books in decorating, but so often, the books that I find in clients’ homes (or in my own home for my own decorating) aren’t pretty at all.
The simple solution is to make your own book jackets. I used plain brown paper for the books that I used in John & Alice’s master bedroom, but if you prefer more color (or a certain color), you can get creative and use wrapping paper, scrapbook paper (for small books), and even scraps of wallpaper.
Here’s how easy this is…
|First, remove the paper jacket that came with the book, if there’s one on there.|
|Next cut a piece of paper large enough that it extends about 4 inches on all sides of the book.|
|Remove the book, and fold the bottom edge of the paper up about 3 or 4 inches to create a straight and neat edge.|
|Place the book about 1/8″ from the edge of the fold, and crease the top of the paper along the top edge of the book.|
|Remove the book and fold the top edge down to create a straight and neat fold along the top. Place the book back on the paper. The folded paper should now be the same height of the book, plus about 1/8″ on the top and the bottom.|
|Now fold the paper over the top of the book, and crease along the edge of the book cover.|
|Fold the paper along the crease, and then insert the book cover into the pocket that was just created by this fold.|
|Now close the book, and crease the back paper along the edge of the cover. Repeat the same process used on the front cover: fold, and insert the cover into the pocket created by the fold.|
|Once it’s covered, it’ll look like this.|
And that’s it! Easy peasy, right? So with just a few minutes of your time, and just a couple of dollars, you can turn a stack of books that looks like this…
…into something that matches your decor, like this…
And of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to colors and patterns. Heck, you could even use some fun textures. I can imagine my leftover grasscloth from my bedroom making some really pretty book jackets.
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