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Craft custom book covers to personalize schoolbooks.

Help your kids take their textbooks from bland to fab with DIY custom book covers. You and your children can use a variety of materials and embellishments to personalize schoolbooks — and maybe make learning a little more fun!

Just grab a couple of extra items when shopping for school supplies, ask the cashier to put them in a paper bag and your kids are on their way to the coolest books in school.


  • Textbooks
  • Paper grocery bag or kraft paper
  • Chalkboard contact paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Large construction paper (12-inch by 18-inch)
  • Cellophane tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Washi tape, markers, chalk and stickers for decoration


In the bag

Lay kraft paper or grocery bag flat on surface. To use grocery bag: Cut along one fold from top to bottom, then cut out bottom. Remove handle, if needed.

  1. Open book to lay flat on paper.
  2. Measure to ensure you have at least 1 inch of paper extending beyond top and bottom of book, and at least half the width of the book’s cover plus 1 inch on each side.
  3. Trace edges of book and mark measurements on paper with pencil. Then cut along measured lines.
  4. Fold top and bottom edges of paper at the edge lines and tape or glue.
  5. Fold sides in 1 inch and tape or glue.
  6. Place book on right traced edge and fold right side over the back of the book and tape near the inside edge on top and bottom.
  7. Repeat with left side of paper.
  8. To write the title or subject on the spine, open book and lay flat with pages down.
  9. Close the book and decorate as desired.

Chalk it up

  1. Use chalkboard contact paper following instructions 1 – 9 above, leaving the backer paper on — this makes it easier to measure and won’t damage the book. Set the book aside.
  2. Trace the outside edge of book cover into the backer paper of the clear contact paper. Cut out and set aside.
  3. Use chalk to decorate — be creative and have fun.
  4. Peel back one edge of backer paper on the clear piece and line up with edge of book cover. Smooth clear contact paper across the book cover, peeling backer as you go. This protects your chalk drawing.

Color coded

Repeat the process for kraft paper, but use a different color of construction paper and decorations for each subject. Match children’s folders and notebooks by color to easily organize.

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