Paper Bag Book Covers


  • Paper Grocery Bag
  • Scissors
  • (maybe a few pieces of tape)


  1. Cut open the bag and remove the bottom, so the bag looks like a large rectangular sheet of paper.
  2. Place your book in the center of the paper.
  3. Fold the top of the paper down over the book and make a crease.
  4. Fold the bottom of the paper up over the book and make a crease.
  5. Remove the book.
  6. Fold along the creases, so you have a strip of paper the height of the book.
  7. Place the book back on the center of the paper, on top of the folded paper.
  8. Fold the left side of the paper over the front of the book and make the left and right ends of the paper even.
  9. Fold the overlap over the front cover of the book. Slide the cover into the slot the paper folds have made. Repeat for back cover.
  10. If it fits snugly, you’re done! If it’s a little loose, trim it down so it fits or tighten it with a few pieces of tape.


Decorate your book cover with snack wrappers! Using nontoxic adhesive, glue the wrappers on to have a one-of-a-kind protective jacket for your book.