Indoor Crafts for Kids

Artful Book Cover

Make an artful book cover.
Make an artful book cover.
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Make your history book even more exciting with a little color and your own creativity.

What You'll Need:

  • Textbook
  • Large white paper
  • Pencil
  • Sunday comics, recycled gift wrap, or your own drawing
  • Scissors
  • Clear adhesive vinyl
  • Clear tape

Step 1: Lay the open book on the white paper. Trace around the edges of the book with the pencil, allowing for flaps 2 inches deep all the way around the book.

Step 2: Cut out your pattern. Place the pattern on the gift wrap or other decorative paper. Trace around the pattern and cut out.

Step 3: Peel the backing off a piece of adhesive vinyl that is bigger than the cover. Starting with one end, carefully lay the adhesive vinyl, sticky side down, on the front of the decorative paper. Smooth it out as you go.

Step 4: Cut off the excess adhesive vinyl. Lay the cover face down on the table, and center the book on the cover. Mark, with a black dot, where the corners hit the cover.

Step 5: Cut slits on either side of the spine and tuck those flaps inside the spine. Line up the corners of the front cover of the book with the dots.

Step 6: Fold in the corners first, then fold in the 2-inch side flaps. Repeat for the back cover. Remember to tape the flaps to each other, not the book.

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