Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY Paperback Book Covers

Pretty DIY Paperback Book Covers
Attractive book displays in design blogs and magazines often have perfectly color coordinated books on their shelves. But, if you're a reader, you might be aware that "shades of red" is not an actual genre of book and color coordination is not a commonly accepted method of cataloging one's collection. I love beautiful rooms, but I've even seen a blog that suggested turning your books around with the spines facing inward and my head nearly exploded.

But, there is hope for those of us with a love for elegant aesthetics and our paperback book collections.

These book covers are easy and attractive, made from the paper bags you get from the grocer and wrapped the same way you once had to wrap your textbooks for school. With bits of left-over scrapbook paper for eye-garnish and nicely typed titles and authors, this project is an ideal way to make your paperback collection a lot more sightly. The jackets can be removed if desired (who would want to permanently deface a book, even if it is somewhat ugly?). And, best of all, it's thoroughly inexpensive.

DIY Recycled Paper Book Covers

1. Wrap your paperback books in brown paper. If you find yourself needing a reminder how this is accomplished, I found this YouTube video to be quite good.


2. Pick a lovely pattern of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper and cut to fit across the front and spine.


3. Type (or print or neatly write) your title, etc. on the pretty paper.


4. Glue onto brown paper cover.

5. Place with pride back onto shelf.




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16 comments:

Zaira Mabel said...

love this idea! thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

This is perfect for all the books I love that unfortunately have horribly ugly covers. Great idea.

melissamevans said...

LOVE THIS!

Donaville said...

These are brilliant!

Concerning Amanda... said...

I just found your blog on craftgawker, and so glad I did! Thanks for this idea. SO cute.

Emily said...

These pretty covers you made have inspired me to make my own book cover this weekend! I don't have any pretty scrapbook paper, but I put the Ex Libris stamp you made for me right in the middle. It looks pretty cool. Now I can read Christopher Hitchens at work without offending anyone... ha.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Excellent idea and well done. You could shabbify them with flat white lace, too.

iHanna said...

So pretty and easy to to do. I wrapped a few of my books a few years back and made labels in the computer to make them look like old vintage books. Fun!

Yvonne Ryan said...

I stumbled onto this post & your typewriter is almost identical to a German one I own - mine is called a Cornelia Rekord, but it's really similar! Here's a photo I've taken of mine if you're interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yvphoto/4396033325/
Crazy, huh?
(Great idea for the book covers btw, can't wait to try it!)

kristin maynes said...

Thanks for the DIY! I'll be making some of these today! Love the typewriter...I haven't had one since high school. I really need to pick me up one.

Anonymous said...

I have some shelves in the hallway that have turned into a library. I am so excited about how much more I will love it when it satisfies my compulsion for everything to match! THANK YOU!

Kristin Townsend said...

Love these. Made a set for a set of Penguin Classic Jane Austen books. Looks so much better.

raeglo said...

Love it! But how did u get the paper bag so crisp and wrinkle-free? Do u iron it? Any ideas?

raeglo said...

Love it! But how did u get the paper bag so crisp and wrinkle-free? Do u iron it? Any ideas?

Jana said...

I just found your blog while looking for a method to cover books that didn't involve peeling paper off of sticky plastic stuff. Lovely! I want to run out immediately and buy some beautiful paper and raid my pantry for brown paper bags! Thank you!

Rachel R. said...

Thank you for acknowledging that some of us would like to be able to actually FIND our books again after shelving them! (Those color-coded shelves in the magazines drive me crazy, even though they ARE pretty.)

This is a great idea!