I have never really been one to sexify up my books with DIY covers.
In school, while people were going all artistic on their textbooks with paper bags and duct tape and such, I was totally content with my beat up books in their as-is condition.
Now, as an adult, I like to think my worn out books with creased covers and tattered spines are just a sign of well loved books with character. (Or at least that’s what I tell myself.. maybe I am just lazy.)
At any rate, the whole book decorating thing just isn’t my thing. Well, it wasn’t that is, until a squirrel ate my Bible.
In May of this year, we rescued a baby squirrel that had lost its mother. He was so young, he still needed to nurse. He was the cutest freaking thing on the planet, let me tell you. My girls loved him, he got along with our dog, and he liked to chew on EVERYTHING. Including books. Especially books. *sigh*
As he got older, he began to get increasingly nippy, and territorial around food, and since we could not trust him around our toddlers, we set him free at a local park. But we will always remember our little orphan squirrel we rescued.. he was awesome! But anyway, back to the things he destroyed.
I ended up throwing away all of the books that he ate, and just re-ordered the books I still wanted copies of that he destroyed. But then there was this book… The Founders Bible, a Bible study that my mother in law bought me as a gift years ago. (Which I highly recommend, btw!)
I had so many hand written notes in this book, and did not want to get rid of it! It was intact except for the spine, which was gnawed to heck. All it needed was a new cover. *LIGHT BULB!!!*
Time to get all high school crafty up in hyah.
You Will Need:
Now, you can use any paper for your book cover (this is where that crafty high school ingenuity comes in!) – anything from a cut open brown paper bag, heavy construction paper, road maps, scraps of wallpaper, etc. etc. I decided to use an embossed silver wrapping paper from my stash of holiday wrapping papers, since it was so simple and pretty (and I liked the embossed texture!)
Whatever you decide to use, begin with a piece of paper big enough to wrap around the closed book, adding at least one to two inches on all sides.
Image from The Precious Little Things in Life Blog, which discusses how to print spine titles on DIY book covers, click here to visit!
STEP ONE: Place the book in the center of the paper. Using the diagram above as a guide, trace out the cut lines along the spine and around the corners.
STEP TWO: With a sharp razor blade, cut out the corners and spine areas.
Nothing sexier than a husband who works on crafty projects with you! Hubba hubba! 😉
STEP THREE: Place the book on the cut paper, and apply glue onto the inside edges of the covers. Fold the paper edges firmly down onto the inside covers, and smooth down applying light pressure to ensure the glue holds.
It really is a super simple project, but it is made a thousand times simpler when you have a sharp razor blade for easy and accurate cutting. For this project I used a Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife, (CLICK HERE to view on Amazon.com!) which is waaaaay too fun to play with for something so sharp and pointy.
For those of you who don’t know, Fiskars are a well known and trusted brand, whose signature bright orange handles in the sewing and crafting tools aisle of fabric and hobby stores set off a Pavlovs dogs type reaction in crafters, making them salivate for new projects at just the sight of these iconic orange tools.
From the Fiskars website (CLICK HERE to visit!):
Thoughtfully designed for the way you like to work, the Easy Change Detail Knife makes switching between different cutting tasks simple. A great choice for cutting paper, cardstock, thin plastic, photos, canvas and more, the knife features an easy blade change lock that allows you to switch blades in seconds. Stay comfortably in control during projects big and small with an ergonomically sculpted handle featuring Softgrip® touchpoints. In addition, a no-roll design and included blade cap improve safety. Compatible with most standard blades, this versatile knife ensures you can always use the blade that’s right for your materials and project.
I am a HUGE fan of the Fiskars brand, and I love checking out all of their newest gadgets. Crafting and DIY projects become ridiculously simple and fun when you have the right (and good quality) tools. The knife blades are super sharp, easy to handle, safe to store (an essential when I have toddlers running amok) and switching out blades is a cinch. I would highly recommend!
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