12 Quick and Easy Ways To Make Book Covers

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Quick and Easy Ways To Make Book Covers: Creative and Practical

Alright, guys, confession time. Sometimes, I don’t like the cover of a book or a notebook that I have. When I find myself in that situation, I always get out the craft supplies and start making a book cover that I do like! So, today, I thought I’d share with you all these 13 Quick and Easy Ways To Make Book Covers just in case some of you feel the same way.

I also find that these kinds of projects are great for rainy days or moments where I just need to try something different.

To ensure that everyone has their own kind of project in mind, you can make a book cover in several ways. Some are fabric, and some are paper.

The thing is, everyone’s approach to crafting is completely different, and I want everyone to enjoy the creative process in their own way!

If you’ve never made a DIY book cover before, you’re in for a treat.

It dresses up a book, notebook, or anything else that needs a little something extra.

You can make them as personalized as you want and enjoy something that no one else has.

This is a great way to dress up school textbooks without damaging them.

Book covers are also great to put on those sensitive books that you don’t want to get damaged by coffee, food, and more.

These projects can be great for kids and teens to do to add some customization and protection to their books.

However you want to enjoy your DIY book cover, the whole world is open to you.

It’ll be a great adventure for your bookshelf and your home decor scheme if that’s the approach you take!

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Check Out These Simple Book Cover Ideas Below

If you have read enough and want to start looking at some of your very own book cover tutorials, then now is the time to scroll!

There are 13 fun, easy, fast, and creative book cover tutorials that will help you enjoy a sense of customization in your own way.

Each photo will show you the final effect and will help you imagine it in place on your own book.

You can amke one of each of these or multiples of the same tutorial, it’s completely up to you!

Let your imagination run wild, and enjoy the process.

Since these are easy projects, you can also do these even if you aren’t experienced in the world of crafting.

Great for beginners and experts who want something just right for their shelves.

You’ll be the coolest book owner out there!

Ready to get started?

Click on the one that you like most, and you’ll be ready to get to work as soon as you click on the link!

If you know someone else who will enjoy these as much as you, please consider sharing this collection with them!

How to Make a Book Cover from Paper

1. How to Make a Book Cover from Paper - Arty Crafty Crew

This simple DIY paper book cover is a perfect budget-friendly option to protect your books. Whether you choose to use recycled paper bags or gift wrap, this is great for anyone who wants to make sure their books stay safe in style while recycling materials.

Designer: Allison Murray of Dream A Little Bigger
Materials Used:

  • Textbooks
  • Paper bags OR Kraft Paper OR Gift Wrap
  • Scissors

Format: Handmade

DIY Book Cover (For Cheaters)

2. DIY Book Cover (for Cheaters) - Arty Crafty Crew

This DIY paper book cover is perfect for those who do not want to take the effort to follow overly complicated steps. This method is simple and involves just few steps, perfect for the lazy ones. But that doesn’t mean pop and style is disregarded.

Designer: Heather of heathered nest
Materials Used:

  • Books of all shapes and sizes
  • Tape
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • 12″x12″ (or larger) scrapbook paper

Format: Handmade

How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover

3. How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover - Arty Crafty Crew

Change your plain book into something more personalized with this DIY paper bag book cover. Eco-friendly and cheap, this uses a common paper bag. You only need one paper bag to cover most book sizes.

Designer: Shelly of Welcome To Nana’s
Materials Used:

  • Books
  • Paper Bag
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Marker

Format: Handmade

DIY Book Cover Ideas Using Paint

4. DIY Book Cover Ideas Using Paint - Arty Crafty Crew

Inspired by chaotic paint designs, this DIY book cover idea uses kraft paper bags and acrylic paint. This is perfect for those who want to be extra creative with their book covers.

Designer: Britanny of Let’s Craft Instead
Materials Used:

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Mermaid Tail, Lemon Yellow, Purple Rain, Dragon Fruit, and Snow (Titanium) White
  • Galaxy Glitter DecoArt Paint in Pink Cosmos
  • DecoArt Americana Neons Florescent Acrylics in Thermal Green, Sizzling Pink, Scorching Yellow, and Electric Blue
  • Brown Kraft paper or paper bags
  • Roll of white paper
  • Roll of black paper
  • Various paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Drop cloth

Format: Handmade

Fabric Covered Books

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Practicaly, thrifty and aesthetic, this DIY book cover is easy and affordable to give more color to your home decor. Shelves, nightstands, or tables, these are great in any room.

Designer: Chelsea of two twenty one
Materials Used:

  • Books
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Butter knife
  • Spray adhesive

Format: Handmade

How to Make Your Own Book Cloth

6. How to Make Your Own Book Cloth - Arty Crafty Crew

This unique DIY book cover method uses cotton fabric. With easy-to-follow steps and few basic supplies needed, this is great for beginners looking to add personality and extra durability to their books.

Designer: Vintage Page Designs
Materials Used:

  • Tightly woven cotton fabric, ironed
  • Sumi sketch paper or other lightweight paper, such as mulberry or copier paper
  • Non-stick surface, such as plexiglass, teflon/silicone mat or freezer paper
  • Large piece of cardboard
  • 2 glue brushes (I use inexpensive 2” bristle brushes)
  • Batch of wheat paste
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler

Format: Handmade

How to Fold a Book Cover From a Paper Bag

7. How to Fold a Book Cover From a Paper Bag - Arty Crafty Crew

Make your textbooks protected and personalized with this easy-to-follow DIY book cover tutorial. This uses simple materials like paper bags with equally simple steps, making sure anyone can follow it to make their books safe.

Designer: Keri of One Mama’s Daily Drama
Materials Used:

  • Books
  • Brown paper grocery bag, wrapping paper, or any paper that’s a few inches bigger than your book when it’s opened flat
  • Scotch tape or any decorative tape
  • Markers, pens, stickers, etc. to decorate

Format: Handmade

Fabric Covered Notebook – How to Make

8. Fabric Covered Notebook – How to Make - Arty Crafty Crew

Change orindary books or notebook into something more fancy with fabric covers. Easily customizable and works as a gift, this style of DIY book cover is great for making memorable designs that fit you or your loved ones.

Designer: Christine of Christine’s Crafts
Materials Used:

  • Notebook or diary
  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies

Format: Handmade

DIY Paper Covered Books

9. DIY Paper Covered Books - Arty Crafty Crew

This DIY book cover focuses on design aesthetic, to give a touch of warm to any room. Following each easy-to-follow step will give you a covered book with personality and creativity to be used as decor.

Designer: Brooke Riley of re-fabbed
Materials Used:

  • Old books
  • Kraft Wrapping Paper
  • Bakers Twine
  • Hot glue gun

Format: Handmade

DIY Japanese Book Cover – Pretty and Practical

10. DIY Japanese Book Cover _ Pretty and Practical - Arty Crafty Crew

Inspired by the tradition of Japanese bookshops, this DIY paper book cover adds an oriental touch to your books. Made with high quality paper, this is used as protection to your books as well as promoting where the wrapping came from. Overall, it’s practical and stylish.

Designer: Crystal of Castle View ACADEMY
Materials Used:

  • Book
  • Japanese hand-folding book cover

Format: Handmade

DIY Fabric Covered Notebook

11. DIY Fabric Covered Notebook - Arty Crafty Crew

Easy and stylish, this DIY book cover does not require any sewing experience. Quick and easy, this cover adds a unique touch to your covers or for gifting to friends and family. Following the tutorial will give you end product that is beautiful with zero effort.

Designer: Brie of Bre Pea
Materials Used:

  • Composition notebooks
  • Fabric (at least 1/4 yard per notebook)
  • Iron on letters
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Gel pens

Format: Handmade

How to Make a Fabric Book Cover (So EASY)

12. How to Make a Fabric Book Cover (So EASY) - Arty Crafty Crew

With focus on simplicity and functionality, this DIY cover protects against any scratches or spills. Quick and effortless to make, this just requires 15 minutes to make, making them great for personal use or as gifts.

Designer: Hello Sewing
Materials Used:

  • Book
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Basic Sewing Materials

Format: Handmade

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