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Creating a Book Cover

No matter what type of paper you are using, dust jacket or no dust jacket, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing your books cover! I have a goal to start using a bullet journal so I knew I wanted to turn my book into a creative outlet to start this new journey. The process of designing your cover may take a bit of time, especially if you aren’t sure what you want your book to be used for, but fear not! The process of creating the cover (minus your personal design) is actually quite simple and fast to do.


  • Paper for cover
  • Dust Jacket (optional)
  • The cover of the book you are using
  • Supplies to decorate

You’ll want to measure your paper to make sure it is large enough wrap around the book and have enough to tuck into the front and back cover for security.


Make sure your paper isan appropriate size for the dust jacket. You’ll want to lay your make shift cover on top of the paper you are using for the book jacket. Proceed to fold the paper over the front and back cover, and ensure that there is enough paper to wrap around the book. My paper bags are on the smaller side, and therefore didn’t wrap around quite as far as I would have liked, but I made it work!


Once you’ve measured your cover, fold the edges where they will wrap around the front and back cover. Flip over your cover and make sure your edges are even. Because my paper bags were cut unevenly, I had to trim some of the bottom where the paper stuck out from being folded.

Once your cover is trimmed and prepared, decorate away!

The sky truly is the limit for what you can do to decorate! There’s colored pencils, pens, markers, washi tape, stickers, and so much more!

Implementing as an activity in your library:

You can combine the re-purposing of weeding books with the cover design for a start to finish library program OR if you are doing the re-purposing outside of the program, combine cover creating with binding!

You can also invite your patrons to bring any items from home they would like to use when decorating to cut down on supplies cost!


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