School Supplies for Kids: Homemade Book Covers
Have your kid's math (and bio, and geography) books go undercover!
- Brown paper grocery bag or heavy wrapping paper
- A ruler
- Embellishments:Like rhinestones, fabric scraps, your kidâs favorite photos, ribbon, stickers, stamps, pretty pieces of decorative paper.
- White glue
- First have your kid decide what kind of paper she wants to cover her book with. She can use a plain paper bag or some snazzy wrapping paper.
- If she's opted for the paper bag, help her cut the bottom off of the bag. She'll be left with a large rectangle. If she wants to use wrapping paper, just have her cut out a big piece at least 4 inches larger than the book on all sides.
- Put the paper on the table and have your kid place the book in the center of the piece of paper.
- Help her fold the paper up from the bottom and down from the top of the book, making a sharp crease along both top and bottom.
- Remove the book from the paper.
- Have her fold the top and bottom flaps down along the creases. The paper should now be as tall as the book.
- Next, have your kid open the book (hopefully this won't be the last time this semester!) and center it on the paper again.
- Invite her to fold and crease the left and right ends of the paper over the front and back covers of the book. The flaps should reach about halfway across the covers. Snip off any extra paper.
- Help your kid tape the top and bottom of the front and back flaps together to create pockets for the book covers. Don't tape the paper to the book or you might ruin it, and textbooks ain't cheap!
- Invite your kid to decorate her book cover and make it her own. Have her add her favorite photos and outline them in ribbon or decorative paper. Or help her glue on rhinestones and feathers. She can even can add stickers or draw something on it. As long as she doesn't draw inside the book, you're good to go!
- Getting geared up for back to school? Check out these Back to School tips for parents to help make the transition a smooth one for both you and your kids.