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Book Cover
Folk Art Style
by jantje blokhuis-mulder

Illustrations: Geoff Slater

The school year is about to begin!

Making great looking book covers, not only helps to prepare your youngster for the days ahead, it can also be a great project that the entire family can take part in.

You Will Need the Following:

  • Sturdy packing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White glue
  • Tape
  • Ruler

Here's What You Do:

  1. To make a book cover you first need to know the size of your book.

  2. Measure the width of your book and make a note of the size.

  3. Now measure the length and make a note of the size.

  4. Next you will need to know the thickness of the book, make a note of this as well.

  5. Take the width and double it and then add the thickness. Let's say that your book is 7" wide and 1" thick. Your figures will look like this: (7" x 2 = 14" + 1" = 15"). Then add 6" to your total (3" either side overlap).

  6. Draw your sizes onto the sturdy packing paper (see diagram below).

  7. Be sure to leave 2" fold-over flaps (at the top and bottom) as shown in the above diagram.

  8. Cut out the book cover out of the sturdy paper.

  9. Lay your book open faced (see above diagram) onto the book cover.

  10. Fold the flaps over (as shown) and secure with tape.

  11. Now you are ready to decorate the front and back.


Text Jantje Blokhuis-Mulder; Illustrations: Geoff Slater
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