How to Cover Books with Paper

In this article: Wondering what to do with all those scrapbooking supplies you collected years ago? Here’s an idea for you: Make paper covered books ~ a simple Spring decor DIY that can be done in less than 10 minutes!! Here’s the simple way for how to cover books with paper.

When I recently organized my Craft Room & Office, I came upon my collection of scrapbook papers and inks. Now that we’ve downsized our home drastically, I need to have a strict “use it or lose it” mentality.

I didn’t want to part with all my pretty papers and crafty stamps, so I decided to pull it out and see if I could come up with some new ways to use it! Today’s project was the first ~ and it took less than 10 minutes to do!

A Quick & Simple Spring Craft ~ Paper Covered Books

Paper Covered Books ~ A Simple Spring Decor DIY

Supplies for paper covered books: 

  • Paper – colored or printed scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or brown craft paper could be used.
  • Books – any books will do!

The paper I used was lightweight scrapbooking paper that had been long leftover from my years of scrap-booking. If you didn’t jump on that train when it was in its heyday, you can still easily find great selections of it in craft stores or even the dollar store.

How to cover books with paper

Cut paper to fit the book plus add 1 inch on each end to  fold over the cover.

A quick Google search showed some pretty elaborate methods to cover books. I chose the super simplest route! I quickly trimmed the paper to fit the dimensions of the book, leaving some extra length to fold over the covers.

Add a custom saying to the book spine using rubber stamps and ink. (optional)

This step is optional, but fun! You’ll need rubber stamps and inks to do this. Think of whatever saying you’d like your books to say. Stamp the words on cardstock with the letter stamps.

Close to My Heart Paper Covered Books

Add Ribbon and Embellishments

Colored Patterned Paper Covered Books

Step Three: Tie on Ribbon and embellish with accents

I thought it would be fun to tie on a little antique watch since it is nearing the time change. Yay! It’s Spring time! (See how I did that??)

Additional Ideas:

Paper Covered Books using scrapbooking supplies

In addition to stacking books for decor, this idea could also be used on a stand alone book to be given as a gift. A personalized message can be done and something special could be tied on the top.

Paper patterns can be mixed and matched to accommodate whatever color scheme you’d like to decorate with. Brown craft paper would make a great rustic look for the farmhouse style. Or you could use colored covered books to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral scheme.

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