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Published on August 11th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain


Back to School Creative Book Covers

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Well, it’s that time of year again, friends. Time for new school supplies, fresh backpacks, back to school shopping and getting started with the new school year.
It’s a magical time of year.

The smell, the feel of new school supplies. I think as an artist, new supplies are just so cool. That potential that they have.

A box of new crayons.

Freshly sharpened pencils.

A new notebook of lined sheets.

A clean ruler, a new pair of scissors, a roll of tape.

As the school year gears up, I wanted to bring you a creative way to cover those class books that we seem have every year. I have bought… torn… and thrown away those cheap fabric things that are supposed to cover books. I remember covering my own books as a child, using brown grocery bags to cover my books to protect them, and loving how they were a blank canvas for my doodles.

I am going to show you how to cover those books, and give you an awesome creative idea on doodling them  with some Scotch®Magic™Tape and black markers.


I buy lots of tape during the year, taping papers that got accidentally ripped, hanging up important papers on the fridge ( magnets don’t stick well to my fridge), taping back punched holes that were ripped out and more. I bought the single Scotch®Magic Tape .75×500″. Then I decided that since we use so much tape, I should probably buy the three pack of Scotch®Magic™Tape .75×300″ because I know that with my kids, they will each need their own tape as well.

Walmart is my favorite place to shop for deals for Back to School, the prices are great.

If you are looking for Scotch®Magic™Tape, you can find it both in the seasonal area, this time it’s Back to School, but also in the stationary section.


Look at all that new school stuff!

Scotch®Brand is located with the  dry erase boards, the crates, and wall hanging items.

When we got home, we covered a couple text books and got creative!


These are the supplies you need-


brown paper ( I buy this in the painting aisle at Walmart)


black permanent markers

To cover your text books first cut off a piece of paper about 2x the size of the text book.


Working with the long side of the paper, fold up the bottom and crease it to make a sharp edge right at the bottom of the book cover.


Next, fold down the top of the paper, right to the edge of the book cover, then crease to make a second sharp edge.


Insert the book front cover into the space between the folded edges on the side. Crease again.


Again, for the back cover, insert the cover into the space between the folded flaps, only this time, close the book, then crease your edge.


Your book is now covered. If you wish, add a piece of tape to the top and bottom folded edge.


You are ready to get creative and decorate the covers!

I used Scotch®Magic™Tape, pulled off lengths about 8 inches, trimmed the edges with a V shape, and then taped them down to the covers.

I love the look, but still wanted a little more decoration.


So I used black permanent marker and doodled on each piece of tape!


What a fun and creative looking book cover.


Doodling is a great way to relax too, and the kids can personalize the doodles for themselves!

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Take a look at the  Scotch® idea site, and see the great ideas for back to school.

 3M idea hub

Do you have a fabulous idea for using Scotch®Magic™Tape that you want to share with me?

Check out some other Scotch® Brand items and show me what you are making this school year.

Walmart Scotch Brand items














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2 Responses to Back to School Creative Book Covers

  1. Mahriya says:

    this is a really good creation. I can’t wait to make it.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Mahriya, thank you so much! I hope your kids have fun decorating the covers and think they have the coolest books this year!

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