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How to Cover a Textbook

With a brown grocery bag, heavy construction paper, or decorative wallpaper, you can help extend the life of school textbooks by making them a protective cover.


  • Step 1: Cut paper Cut your paper large enough to cover your textbook.
  • TIP: Add two or more additional inches on all sides.
  • Step 2: Put book on paper Put the textbook on the center of the paper. Make creases by folding the paper over the top and bottom edges of the book.
  • Step 3: Put the book aside Put the book aside and fold the paper at the creases until smooth and even.
  • Step 4: Close book Close the textbook and place it onto the paper, leaving approximately 2 inches on the right side.
  • Step 5: Wrap the book Wrap the remaining paper around the front cover of the textbook and crease the edge. Remove the paper and fold at the crease.
  • Step 6: Open the book Open the book and slide the front cover into the sleeve. Close the book and make a crease with the paper against the back cover. Fold the crease, open the back cover, and slide it into the sleeve.
  • Step 7: Hold and decorate cover Hold the cover in place with decorative stickers and different colored tape cut into different shapes.
  • FACT: The largest bookstore in America is the Barnes and Noble in New York City, which holds 12 miles of shelving.

You Will Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Book
  • Stickers and tape

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