Welcome to another DIY Friday for bookworms here at A Little Blue Book! Today I’m tackling an age-old problem for bookworms.
Let me set the scene for you:
You’re sitting somewhere in public, reading your book. Just as the protagonist is about to jump into a flaming underground hole filled with apocalyptic zombies to save the world (only armed with a stapler), someone interrupts you… And then keeps interrupting you, unaware that you are only a few lines from knowing the fate of the main character (and the world) – All because you’re “only” reading a book… Yes, some people see that as a legitimate excuse to interrupt you. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
So if you are surrounded by people who don’t seem to understand just how important it is to know if the hero/ine escapes with his/her life (and stapler) intact, I present you with a way to get the message across: Leave-me-alone dust jackets!
I know what you’re thinking. “But dust jackets are sooo annoying!”. I totally agree. I always remove them when I read because it’s too annoying to keep them on, but with these, you don’t have to! They will 100% stay in place whilst you’re reading, and when you don’t want to use them anymore, you can just take them off without any damage to your books. Can I get a hallelujah?!
What you need:
- Pretty paper
- Glue stick
- Pair of scissors
- Books to wrap!
- Pens (optional)
- Printer (optional)
- Coffee/tea (optional but highly recommended)
As you can see, you don’t need a lot of materials to create these awesome and easy dust jackets!
I’ve just used some spare wrapping paper and come gold-ish A4 paper I had lying around. You could also go all out and get some handmade paper like the stuff I used in my last blog about beautifying notebooks. The only thing you have to keep in mind when it comes to picking paper is that it shouldn’t be too thin as it will break more easily once you’ve wrapped your book – which would be a shame after “all” the time you’ve spent on creating your unique dust jacket!
How to do it:
Creating some fun dust jackets is pretty easy to do (especially if you read my post about the notebooks, where I used the same technique for one of the designs). Just follow the few easy steps below, and to make them your own unique creations, let your creativity run wild!
Cut out the paper so it’s slightly bigger than the book you want to create a dust jacket for. There’s no need to be particularly precise, but you want to make sure you have about one thumb length (I’m working without a ruler here…) extra at the top and bottom. The ends should be at least one thumb length and max the length of the width of the cover. Don’t worry too much if the edges aren’t entirely straight. We’ll be folding the ends in, so nobody will see them.
Now you fold the top and bottom of the paper as shown in the picture below.
Fold the paper towards the middle of the book and tuck the cover into the little paper grooves. If you have made your ends extra long, this can be a bit tricky – on the upside, the paper folds will protect more of your book. Repeat on the other side.
Now cut out your personal message and glue it on your dust jacket. I have used a printer for my unique messages (because my handwriting sucks!), but you can also just do a little handwritten note.
That’s it! You now have a mega fantastically awesome super dust jacket for your book!
If you decide to make one (or more), I would love to see it! Please tag me if you post it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!