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How to make a book cover out of construction paper

Updated February 21, 2017

If you plan to sell your textbooks at the end of the school term, keeping the covers pristine will help you get more money for the books. It's cheap and easy to make book covers out of construction paper in order to protect them and their value. Spruce up your construction paper book covers with drawings, stamps and stickers.

Open the book and turn it page-side down on a table, exposing all parts of the book cover: the front, back and spine.

Measure the outer dimensions of the cover.

Cut a piece of construction paper that is larger than the book's dimensions by an additional 10 cm (4 inches) in width and height.

Place the sheet of paper horizontally in front of you (wrong side up), as if it is the open book.

Fold the top horizontal edge of the paper down 5 cm (2 inches) and the bottom edge of the paper up 5 cm (2 inches).

Fold the ends in, making 5 cm (2 inch) folds on each end. The paper should now be the same dimension as the book cover, when the book is open.

Place the book in the centre of the construction paper and open it.

Slip one end of the cover into the end fold on one side, then slip the opposite end of the cover into the other end fold and close the book.

Tape the end folds from the inside of the cover around to the outer cover to hold the book cover in place. Do not tape on the actual book, just the cover.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
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About the Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.