Hand-Stamped Book Covers

As you start preparing your textbooks for back-to-school season, why not also have some DIY fun? With this project, you'll not only be able to protect your books, but also express your creativity for school and stand out from the crowd!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Start by covering your textbook! If you already know how to do this, skip to step 5.

    Start by cutting a piece of paper that is is an extra 2" larger than your book cover. Keep in mind that you need to include the thickness of the book!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Wrap the side edge of the book by tucking in the extra paper. Make sure the book can close once the paper is tucked into the front and back covers.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Tip

    When you wrap your book, push your book down, so the spine touches the kraft paper.

  • Step 3

    There should be about 1-2" of excess paper on top and bottom of the book. Cut 2 slots that match the folded crease along the binding. Cut out the small tab. Tuck in the top and bottom edge of paper and use tape to secure it. (Make sure you don't tape onto the actual book!). Do the same for the other cover.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    To create your stamps, cut out some cardboard pieces. These will be the bases of your stamps. Use yarn or thick string and wrap the cardboard piece to create a striped pattern. Use tape to secure the yarn on the backside of your cardboard stamp.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Use a paintbrush to carefully apply some paint onto your stamp. Test out your stamp on a scrap piece of paper before you stamp onto the book cover.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Tip

    Cover your workspace since paint can get a little messy!

  • Step 6

    Cover your text book in any pattern you want! We decided to try a gradient by mixing in more blue each time we stamped.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Look around the house for other stamping materials! Bubble wrap creates a fun polka dot texture.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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