Duck Tape® Book Covers

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by Robin Beam, A.C. Moore

Duck Tape® Book Covers

Use Duck Tape® to create bookcovers that are anything but ordinary! Why use plain 'ole stretchy book covers when you can craft your own with duct tape in the design and color you want. Duck Tape brand is easy to use and it's weatherproof!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1/2 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    For those that have never made a paper bag book cover, ask a parent or grandparent first…they've probably made them-otherwise, here are the directions!
  • 2
    Take apart a brown paper grocery bag by cutting down one of the sides of the bag (on the crease is easiest) and cut off the bottom portion of the bag. You'll now have a large sheet of brown paper.
  • 3
    Place the book horizontal on your work surface. Center book on paper. Fold up top edge of the paper bag against top of book. Crease and fold down along the top. Repeat process for bottom edge of book as well.
  • 4
    Open book and center the book spine on the paper. Trim the ends of the bag so they are about 3-4 inches longer than the edge of the book.
  • 5
    Fold one of the cut edges of the paper bag over the cover of the book so it fits snugly along the edge. Tuck the front cover into the pocket that you've created. Don't worry about the back pocket yet…we're going to start to duct tape!
  • 6
    With the book closed and the page side facing you, cut or rip a length of duct tape 4 inch longer than the height of the book. Place 2/3 of the tape width onto the book, with the remaining 1/3 of the tape width hanging over. Fold it over the book edge. Tuck in corners of tape on top and bottom of book and fold over to inside of the book cover. The tape will create a protective edge and will also tape down the book from coming out of the pocket.
  • 7
    Take another length of tape and repeat, overlapping the tape about ¼ inch on the first strip. When folding over onto the pocket make sure it does not stick onto the book itself. Remove the cover from the book.
  • 8
    Continue overlapping lengths of tape, folding over to the inside of the book cover.
  • 9
    When you get close to where the back cover book cover pocket would meet with the inside of the book cover, place the book back into the book cover.
  • 10
    Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the back pocket.
  • 11
    For decorating, have fun! Cut out letters from duct tape, create flowers and add contrasting colors of tape. It's your book!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1/2 hour

Project Supplies

  • Your choice of Duck Tape®
  • Paper Bag
  • X-acto® No. 1 Precision Knife with 5 #11 Blades 104135107
  • Fiskars® Self-Healing Craft Mat 12 inch x 18 inch 104678813
  • Fiskars® Non Stick Scissors 104071915