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Decorative Paper Book Jacket

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.
The last thing I do is use double-sided tape sandwiched in between these layers to keep that fold pushed up neatly under the front of the book jacket.  You can see that the back one is taped…the front one is not.  See how nice and neat the back one looks?

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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12 Comments

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    Christy
    February 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    This reminds me of the years of covering textbooks in high school, but what a cute idea for setting books out, too! Love it!

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    maryjt
    February 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I used this technique to cover so many books for my kids through middle school and high school I could almost do it with my eyes closed. I got really fast at it mostly because someone would say, "Mom, I need this book covered for school today." about 10 minutes before we would leave for school 🙂 Little did I know that I was perfecting my decorating skills at the same time!

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    jarmaine | poster printing
    February 3, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Brings back memories 🙂 I used to cover my books all through middle school in all sorts of paper designs. To make them last longer, I even add a clear plastic cover.
    Great idea about using them as decor, and we can even match the design to whatever the theme for the room is. I'd probably keep mine in different black and white patterns, I am in love with that color scheme at the moment, lol. Thanks!

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    Bargain Princess
    February 3, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I remember doing this to my high school and college books. How fun! Great Job. BTW I am now your newest follower and I'd love to have you return the favor =D

    http://www.bargaincornerdesigns.blogspot.com

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    Erin
    February 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    WOW! Flashback! lol Interesting idea. However, my attention keeps going back to that bird perched upon the books! Beautiful! I am a newly obsessed bird lover!

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    jarmaine | poster printing
    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Brings back memories 🙂 I used to cover my books all through middle school in all sorts of paper designs. To make them last longer, I even add a clear plastic cover.
    Great idea about using them as decor, and we can even match the design to whatever the theme for the room is. I'd probably keep mine in different black and white patterns, I am in love with that color scheme at the moment, lol. Thanks!

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    Mcfarlandfamily
    May 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The thumbnail photo on the DIY page has a bowl filled with jute balls.  I don't see the same photo in the project page…..do you have instructions for making the cute little balls?  Adorable!

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    Sharon @ LilikoiJoy
    May 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Kristi, I just LOVE your blog! I was thinking about covering some books like when I was back in school, but using some prettier paper, and I couldn’t quite remember how we used to it. When I googled “decorative paper book cover blog”, your blog came up on the first page! Your blog is already my favorite one out there, and there you go again with another answer to my decorating needs. 🙂 Thank you!! Sharon

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    Wattson
    October 24, 2015 at 6:23 am

    How you get this idea, Nice post my 12 yrs nephew really like it. Thanks 🙂

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