How to create an eco-friendly book cover

01st October 2021

The start of the scholastic year is a busy time for students and many need to buy (or borrow) books for their studies. This is a simple project to protect your books, without using plastic or tape, to create an eco-friendly book cover.

All you need is:

  • Paper Bag
  • Scissors
  • A book

eco friendly book cover

Follow these simple steps

  • Choose a paper bag which is big enough to cover your book. First you must cut out the base of the bag and cut along the height of the bag to form one large rectangle.
  • Place the book on the paper and fold over the first edge around the inside of the front cover so that it is 3-5cm from the binding. Then fold the paper around the back cover of the book in the same way. Cut off any excess paper.
  • Now you need to fold the top and bottom of the paper to the size of the book. I used an existing fold along the bottom to start out, however you can calculate 4-5cm at the top and at the bottom, depending on the size of the book. Create a fold along the whole length of the cover.
  • Slide the paper cover on so that book cover is inside the folds on the sides. You might need to wiggle it on, as the fit will be quite tight.
  • Your book is now covered, and you have a blank canvas to decorate to your liking. You also get a handy pocket in the front & back where you can keep some notes. Enjoy!


Source: No Tape Book Cover, https://www.instructables.com/No-tape-book-cover/ [Accessed 23 September 2021].

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