How To Make A Paper Bag Book Cover (With Step-By-Step Pictures!)Using paper bags to cover your books is a quick, fun way to give them a touch of rustic charm or a simple disguise. Materials needed: a book to cover and a paper bag not pictured: scissors. Depending on the size of the book you want to cover, you can use a paper grocery bag usually enough paper for two standard hardcovers, maybe a textbook or a brown paper lunch bag good for one smaller hardcover. In order to get the most out of one bag as possible, instead of cutting out flat pieces, you should be able to find a glued seam on the back face of the bag that you can gently pull apart. There will also be some glued seams and folds on the bottom of the bag that can be taken apart as well. You will end up with one large, flat piece of brown paper.
Paperbag Book Cover
And the beauty of this project is that it's an easy way to recycle. Start by removing the handles if there are any. In most cases, you can simply peel them off carefully with your hands. Find the seam of the bag and cut down till you reach the bottom. Then carefully cut off the entire bottom of the bag. Lay the bag, label side up, on your table. Place your book in the center of the paper bag.
Here's an easy, durable book cover you can make that requires nothing but a paper bag and scissors. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. To start out, cut out the bottom of the bag and make a cut down the length so you have one big rectangle. I prefer to cut down the seam in the middle of one side see other pic so that it won't be visible when you're done. To get the proper length of the cover, lay the book on the paper and fold over the first edge around the inside of the front cover so that it's an inch or 2 away from the binding.
Step 1: Materials
Covering a book with paper protects the hardcover from wear and tear. If you just don't like to use plastic wrap or fabric covers to cover your books, then a paper bag is a great alternative, and is also environmentally friendly. Using a brown paper bag also allows you to personalize the cover with your own designs and decorations. With just scissors, tape, and some creative folding, you can cover any book. To create a paper bag book cover, start by cutting a paper bag along one of the side seams and trimming off the flaps that form the bottom of the bag. Then, place the book on the paper, fold the overlapping paper around the front cover, and slide the cover into the slot that was made when you folded the paper.