DIY Back to School Book Covers

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Covering my books for the upcoming school year is like an addiction to me, I am not kidding. Every year I spend a lot of time coming up with different ideas for every subject and making it look as pretty as possible. I wanted to share this post with you yesterday, but finishing all the books took way longer than I had expected. I am so sorry, but I hope that it was still worth waiting for.

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Ombre Animals Book Cover:

I used to love everything that has do with ombre a few years ago, I wanted to have an ombre wall, ombre dresses, ombre everthing. I don’t want any of that anymore, but ombre book covers are still something that I love looking at.

Things needed:

  • White paint
  • Paint with the colour of your choice
  • Sponge
  • A4 Paper
  • Scissor
  • Wrapping paper
  • Painters tape

Direction:

Cover your school books like you normally would with the wrapping paper. Take your A4 paper and draw or print on a silhouette of your choice. On google you can find a lot of different picture. Personally I wanted to have a kind of animal theme so I choice a deer and a horse. On one of my note-books I also made a yellow pineapple.

Now cut out the inside of the silhouette (the black part), so you are left with a stencil.

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With painters tape, stick the stencil on the book cover. Create some double-sided painters tape and stick it all around the out line of the silhouette. So when you are going to dab the paint, it isn’t going to come underneath the stencil.

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Take the colour paint of your choice and mix it with the white paint. With the sponge carefully dab the paint all over the stencil.

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Now add a bit more of the colour to the mixture to make it darker and add a layer. Not all over the stencil, but stop half way. You can keep adding colour to the mixture and add as many extra layers as you desire.

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Take the stencil carefully off, you can do this when it is still wet. This way it is easier to fix some of the paint that might got underneath the stencil.

(If you are scared that the books get wet because of the paint, Cover your books with the wrapping paper like you normally would, but don’t stick the corners together. This way you only have the shape of the book cover. You can make paint the ombre on the wrapping paper without having it on your book (if that makes sense.) When the painting has dryed, just put your book in the cover and stick the covers together with tape.)

Let it dry and you are ready to bring your colourful books to school.

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Magazine Triangle Book Cover:

Some magazines have beautiful pictures and throwing magazines away is quite a waste. So I like using the pictures in magazines for all kind of things, collages, inspiration and book covers.

Things needed:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Magazines
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush or sponge
  • Glue

Directions:

Start by covering your book in wrapping paper like you normally would. Now cut out a triangle shape on white paper. Take a magazine and search for pictures that you like. Now take the triangle template, lay it on the picture, draw around the template with pencil and cut it out. Keep cutting out pictures until you have enough to cover your book. Now stick the triangles on your book with glue, the way it is shown in the picture. One triangle with the point downwards, the one next to it with the point upwards. When all the triangles are glued on the book, take some Mod Podge and spread it all over the book cover with a painting brush. Let it dry and your done!

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Atlas Book Cover:

This book cover is great for Geography, it is extremely easy, but yet original and fun. Most Atlas maps or road maps are very strong, so the cover won’t come off in the middle of the school year.

Things needed:

  • A map from an Atlas

Directions:

Cover your book like you would normally do with wrapping paper, but instead use an Atlas map.

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Zentangle/ Mandala Book Covers:

As you probably know, I am a huge fan of zentangle drawings. So I couldn’t start the school year with a few zentangle book covers.

Things needed:

  • Thin waterproof marker
  • Wrapping paper
  • Pencil

Direction:

Cover your books with the wrapping paper like you normally would, but don’t stick the corners together. This way you only have the shape of the book cover. We are going to draw on the cover with a marker, so to make sure that it isn’t going to leak trough the wrapping paper on your book, we don’t draw while the cover is still on the book.

Chose a zentangle drawing/ Mandala that you like and draw it on your book cover with a pencil. If drawing yourself isn’t something you are very good at, you can also print a drawing and print it on your cover with carbonpaper.

Now go over the lines with a waterproof marker.

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Coloured Zentangle Book Cover:

Things needed:

  • A4 paper
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush

Directions:

Print one of your favourite zentangles on A4 paper and colour it in with pencils. Cut out the drawing and glue it on your book cover. When the glue has dried up completely add some Mod Podge all over the book cover with a brush and let that dry too.

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Color Samples Book Cover:

I don’t know if you can get these all over the world, but in our local DIY shop you can get these Color Samples for free and I am that girl who takes a whole bundle of all the different colours of the rainbow.

  • Color Samples in different colours (rainbow colours look great)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Sticky plasticizing sheets

Cover your books with wrapping paper and glue on the color samples. You can chose to create a rainbow effect or glue on random colours. Now take a plasticizing sheet and carefully cover the book with it.

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I am never excited to go back to school, but the only thing I like about it is covering my books. School has just started and I can’t wait for the next school break already. Fortunately it is almost weekend, which means all the time to create recipes, do creative things and have fun! I hope that you are all having a great weekend too.

keep dreaming

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