Your kids won’t be able to destroy this durable book cover made from duct tape. And as an added bonus, it has two deep pockets for keeping homework, pencils, and notes in reach.
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I loved making book covers for my textbooks as a kid. Getting the old, brown paper grocery bag out, cutting it, and morphing it into book cover goodness. And then decorating it.
Now as a homeschooling mom (of sorts), I love book covers for a different, more practical reason:
I need our book covers to make our textbooks last for all our kids.
So, knowing my boys, the old, brown grocery bag probably wasn’t going to cut it all by itself.
(Sidenote on the “sorta a homeschooling mom” thing: My kids go to a university-model private school, meaning they go to school two-three days a week, and are schooled under my supervision the other days. Honestly, I just really enjoying saying that I “kinda” homeschool–without elaborating. It sounds funny that way. 😉 )
Anyway, “What lasts longer than duct tape?” I thought.
So here it is: Extra Durable Book Covers Made Out of Duct Tape, and With Pockets Too!
What You’ll Need
- Brown paper bags from the grocery store. I used two for a medium-sized textbook
- Your favorite duct tape. I used this cool green color. Look around and you can find some pretty fun designs
Put It Together
Step 3: Visually measure how much book cover you will need. Place the book on the bags, and measure at least twice as long as the height of the book. You will need the extra length on the bottom because you will be folding the bottom portion up over the top to make the deep pocket. Also, you’ll need about 1-2 inches around the edges of the book. (Sorry, I didn’t get a good picture of this).
Here is a picture of how much I had. I ran out of green duct tape, and used grey duct tape on the ends. But it didn’t matter because I was able to cut all the grey duct tape parts off.
I’m sure that you’re smarter than me and will measure before you start covering the bags with duct tape. 🙂 Oh well, better to have too much, than too little.
Go ahead and put your book on top to make sure that the pocket will fall where you want it to on the book. You’ll want the pocket to be about 2 inches shorter than the top of the book, with the bottom fold sitting at the bottom of the book.
This is where the top of the pocket and the bottom of the pocket both sat in relation to my book:
And now you’re all set!
Stick some pencils and paper in, and you’re good to go. I bet your kiddo will think the pockets are pretty cool.
What do you think? Did you try it? How did it turn out?
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