May 1, 2013

DIY Stylish Book Covers

Got ugly books? I got you covered!
Well, actually I have a quick tutorial that can get your ugly books stylishly covered in no time!

Meet two of my favorite books: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. I and II (books laying horizontally).
Please note how some of my books are upside down! My daughter is constantly looking through them-which I don't mind at all! At least she puts them back! Or tries to at least. But you would think I'd notice and rearrange them before bombarding them with a photo session!
Although the stories in these two books are enticing, the covers.....not so much! They're not ugly, they're just plain and I felt these adventure packed books deserved a cover with a bit more pizazz! 

To make your super cool and stylish book covers, you will need:
- Any paper or fabric of your choice (paper bag, gift bags, burlap, wrapping paper-anything!)
- Scissors
- Pen or pencil
- Tape (or glue if you want it to be permanent)

Super fast and easy tutorial:
1.) Lay your book on top of your paper of fabric and measure the height of your book.

2.) Also measure the width of your book when it is opened and add 2-3 inches to each side( I just opened mine at the middle to measure).
Those extra flaps will be what folds inside.

3.) Fold each flap inside the book...

4.) Tape to secure and you are finished!

 Your books have just gone from blah to fab in minutes!

Here is the final arrangement with my newly covered stylish books:

A bird just makes everything look extra awesome!
And I think he's proud to be sitting on top of these babies!

By the way, the paper I used was actually a table runner from Pick Your Plum (no, this is not a sponsored post). I ordered it in a hurry and didn't notice it was made of paper until after I had ordered it. I called right away to cancel, and two weeks later I still got it in the mail. I called to ask how I could return it since I did not pay for the item and they were kind enough to just let me keep it!

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anastasia anezinis said...

Very good idea for decor and save the books!

Lena said...

Oh, I love how it turned out! Very stylish!

Aloted Omoba said...

my mum used to do this to our books growing up!
Not to make it stylish but to preserve the original cover :)
Nice tip!

Theresa said...

I went to Catholic school as a kid & they made us cover all our books. Love the paper you used! Theresa @

Marie @ Substance of Living said...


Hi! A new fan visiting from Not JUST a Housewife link party. I remember having to cover my school books but they never looked as stylish or decor-ready as yours. BTW, where did you find the paper?


Dana DeVolk said...

Hi girly, these are super cute!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
Two Girls and a Party
Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:
Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
We hope to see you there!

Virginia Megin Gallagher said...

What a great idea and very fun! I love your blue bird, too!
I'm visiting today from Shabby Creek Cottage. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206
Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

Michelle said...

How fun, easy & glammy!! :)Michelle

Shelley Robertson said...

What a great idea! And this would be fabulous just to make books into stylish decor! I am co-hosting Diana's Pin Me party this week and would like to invite you to link up at Party In Polka Dots! It is live right now!


Natasha In Oz said...

This is such an excellent idea! I have heaps of books that look so tatty sitting on my bookshelf-they would look much better covered!

If you have a minute to spare I'd be so thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G'day linky party. It's on right now and this post would be a perfect addition!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz