Back to School time is probably the most depressing and the most exciting event of the whole summer. I'm not sure about other places, but here in so cal back to school has started earlier and earlier every year. There are schools around us who have already been in session for a week! Insane, I tell ya!
So in the spirit of all of the back to school vibes going around, I wanted to take some time to show you a quick and simple way to protect those (expensive!) textbooks with DIY book covers. With the help of a single sheet of peel & stick, you can brighten your kids books, make them easier on the eyes, and keep them smudge free for the entire school year. Let's get started!
- a 12×24 peel & stick of your choice (you can print any of the three designs we used here)
- your textbook of choice
Take off the backing of your peel & stick poster and lay it sticky-side up on your table. Then, lay the binding of your book down in the center of the poster, and slowly stick the poster to the front and back covers of your book. You'll want to attach the poster with the book closed to allow space for the binding to naturally bend.
Once your poster is in place, cut off the excess on all sides so that you have about an inch of poster on each side. You'll also want to cut out squares from each corner.
Start by folding up the outside edge of the poster and sticking to the inside of the textbook. Then make a small snip on the top and bottom of the poster by the binding, and fold up the top and bottom pieces of the poster. The part of the poster left over for the binding will just be cut off.
If you're covering up a soft-cover book like the one above, you'll want to make sure to cut it flush with the edges of the book. Since the inside will most likely be paper, I wouldn't recommend folding it over. Also, I wouldn't cover a soft-cover book unless it has some sort of laminate coating, otherwise the poster won't come off cleanly.
And there you have it–perfectly covered textbooks that will last for the whole year! I actually like that you can still see the cover a little bit through the poster because then you don't have to guess at which book you're picking up. Also, can we just mention that this mechanical engineering book looks absolutely FABULOUS with pink unicorns on it?!
In case some of you were wondering, we did take off the covers on one of the hard-cover books and the soft-cover book after about a week and they both came off cleanly, even on the inside paper cover of the hard-cover book. Just know that you can't rip it off quickly, and if it's left on there for longer than a week, you may just need to be a little more patient when you take it off.
Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you have any questions. Is there anyone still out there that hasn