How to Cover a Book With a Paper Bag

Have you ever wanted to cover a book with a paper bag? Well, now you can! Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a paper-bag-covered book in no time!

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Most people think of paper bags as something to put their lunch in, or to use at the grocery store. However, paper bags can also be used for a variety of creative projects, including covering a book. This is a great way to personalize a book, or to cover up damage to the original cover. It is also a relatively simple project that only requires a few materials.

What You’ll Need

To complete this project, you will need the following supplies:
-1 paper grocery bag
-Ruler or measuring tape
-Decorative paper (optional)

With just a few household supplies, you can turn an ordinary paper grocery bag into a stylish book cover. This project is perfect for gifts, school projects, or simply to dress up your own bookshelf. Depending on the size of your book, you may need to adjust the dimensions of your paper bag. This tutorial will show you how to make a basic book cover, but feel free to get creative and personalize yours with decorative paper or other embellishments.

Step One: Cut the Paper Bag

Books come in all different shapes and sizes, so it’s important to make sure that the paper bag you’re using is the right size. Cut the paper bag so that it’s about an inch longer and wider than the book.

Step One: Cut the Paper Bag
Using a pair of scissors, cut the paper bag so that it’s about an inch longer and wider than the book. If you’re not sure how big to make the paper bag, you can always err on the side of making it too big – you can trim it down later if needed.

Step Two: Fold the Paper Bag
Fold the edges of the paper bag down so that they’re about even with the cover of the book. You can use a bone folder or your fingers to crease the folds.

Step Three: Cover the Book With Glue
Using a glue stick or other adhesive, cover the front and back covers of the book with a thin layer of glue. Be sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies, especially around any raised details on the cover.

Step Four: Place the Paper Bag on the Book
Place the paper bag on top of the book, making sure that all of the glued areas are covered. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. If necessary, trim away any excess paper from around the edges of the book.

Step Five: Let It Dry!
Set your newly decorated book aside and let it dry overnight. Once it’s dry, your book will be ready to use – just be careful not to get any glue or embellishments wet!

Step Two: Fold the Paper Bag

Start by folding the paper bag in half so that the bottom and top of the bag are aligned. Then, fold the paper bag in half again so that the left and right sides of the bag are aligned. Once you have done this, you should have a long, narrow rectangle.

Step Three: Glue the Paper Bag

Now it’s time to glue the paper bag onto the book. Be sure to use a glue that is safe for both paper and fabric. If you are not sure, test it on a small area first.

Apply the glue evenly over the entire back cover of the book. You may want to use a brush or a sponge to help spread it out.

Then place the paper bag onto the glue, being careful to line up the edges. Press down gently, and then use something heavy (like a stack of books) to weigh down the paper bag while the glue dries.

Let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step Four: Decorate the Paper Bag

Now that your book is safely covered, it’s time to make it look good! Get creative and decorate your paper bag however you’d like. You can use markers, crayons, paint, stickers, or anything else you can think of. If you want, you can even cut out a design from another piece of paper and glue it on. Once you’re finished, let your masterpiece dry before moving on to the next step.

Step Five: Attach the Paper Bag to the Cover

Now it’s time to attach the paper bag to the cover. This is a two-person job, so get someone to help you. hold the cover so that the front is facing up, and align the top edge of the paper bag with the top edge of the cover. then, have your helper hold down the bottom half of the paper bag while you slowly lower the top half, pressing down as you go. once the entire paper bag is attached to the cover, flip it over and check to make sure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles. if everything looks good, move on to step six!

Step Six: Add the Finishing Touches

Now that your book cover is complete, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Use a black marker to write the title of the book on the front of the bag, and the author’s name on the back. You can also decorate the cover with drawings, stamps, or anything else you like. Let your creativity shine!


In conclusion, covering a book with a paper bag is a quick and easy way to protect your book from wear and tear. It is also a great way to give your book a unique look.


Below are some common questions we receive about how to cover a book with a paper bag. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.

What type of paper should I use?

We recommend using a brown kraft paper or a white butcher paper. You can find these papers at most craft stores or online.

What size paper should I use?

The size of the paper will depend on the size of the book you are covering. For most hardcover books, we recommend using a sheet of paper that is at least 18 inches wide and 24 inches long. For paperback books, we recommend using a sheet of paper that is at least 12 inches wide and 18 inches long.

Should I use tape or glue to attach the paper to the book?

You can use either tape or glue to attach the paper to the book. If you are using tape, we recommend using Double-sided Tape so that the tape will not be visible from the outside of the book. If you are using glue, we recommend using a glue stick so that the glue will not seep through the paper and damage the book.

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