DIY Book Makeover


Do you have a book that is in serious need of some TLC? Or maybe you just think it would be fun to give one of your plain-looking books a new cover. Whatever the case, I’m here today to show you how to give an old book a unique and pretty makeover!

So far, I’ve done two books – The People of Sparks and Robin Hood. The People of Sparks was a well-loved book that had a big square cut out of the cover, so that’s what inspired me to give it a makeover. As for Robin Hood, I just didn’t really like the colors on the cover, so I decided to give it a new look as well. πŸ˜€

Here’s Robin HoodΒ before and after. Would you like to give one of your books a makeover? Just follow the steps below!

Let’s get started!

Open your book and lay it on the paper of your choice. It helps to gently gather the pages together in the middle with a rubber band. Hold the book still with one hand, and trace around the edges of the cover onto the paper with the other hand.

Cut out the rectangle you just traced. If your paper is a bit wrinkly or bent, you can iron it smooth by laying a towel over the paper and ironing over it using a low heat setting.

Glue the rectangleΒ of paper onto your book, making sure it covers the whole outside of the cover. Be sure not to glue any pages together! If your book has a paper cover, you can glue on your paper with regular school glue. If your book has a glossy cover, then use a stronger glue like E600 or Super Glue.

Once the glue has dried, trim any excess paper off the edges of the book and cover the edges with washi tape. I used this pretty blue that contrasts against the dark wood paper.

Add the title and author of your book! You can write the title onto the cover with your Sharpie, or write the title on a strip of paper and glue it on. I put the title on the front of the book and the title/author on the side.

You can leave your book plain, or you can decorate it! I chose to add a strip of gold washi tape with an arrow on the corner.

You’re done!

That was easy, right? πŸ˜€

If you give one of your books a makeover, I’d love to see! Email me a picture at πŸ™‚

Have a great week!

51 thoughts on “DIY Book Makeover

  1. Oh my goodness, this is SO cool! I love doing stuff like that! I totally need to go find a book that needs some TLC… that might be hard because I am super protective of and careful with my precious books… XD Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!


    P.S. I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting lately! My WordPress account is all messed up and synced to my DWOD one, so it’s having a fun time making things difficult for me.XD I hope to get back to commenting regularly soon. 😬

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    1. Thanks so much, Madi!! Haha, I’m the same way! XD I recommend going to a used bookstore, I can usually find some good fixer-uppers there. πŸ˜›
      Aw, that’s okay! I’m glad to see a comment from you! I hope that all gets resolved soon! πŸ˜€

      -Clara ❀

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