I decided that instead of trying to hide away all these books (some we use fairly regularly), or make do with how messy they looked (some were pretty beat up), I'd give them a refresh in the form of kraft paper dust jackets. Since we do use them, I wanted to know what each book was so having a title was a must. I've seen some lovely dust jackets using ribbons and such but I know my husband would tear them off looking for that one elusive book he needed. I love how quickly this pulled together the shelves for a less cluttered look! And it only cost me $5 and an afternoon.
How to Update Your Bookshelf with Kraft Paper Book Covers
by Colleen from Lemon Thistle
To give your own bookshelf this update, you'll need:
- Kraft paper parcel wrap
- Cutting mat and craft knife
- Scoring tool
- Black marker
Start by laying out your cutting mat with the parcel wrap. Just like you're wrapping a gift, pop the book on there and measure the size. For the book dust covers, you'd like them to be fairly evenly sized with the book covers (not much excess) which will make them easier to stand up if you wish. If I had a proper square (#wishlist), I totally would have used that. I tried a makeshift square paper cutter which worked pretty well, but by the time I hit book 5, I was just using the edge of the book to guide my knife (risky, I know, and I'm okay with it). Cut a piece of paper long enough to fold inside each cover, and around the spine.
When your paper is cut, centre the book so the tabs that will fold inside the covers are about equal. Use your scoring tool to score against the spine and the edge of the book (where it will fold). This goes really quick and it helps give neater folds. I used my scoring tool from my Cricut, but if you have something similar, that would work.
Flip the book over and do the same on the other side, then pop the jacket off to write the title between the spine score lines. I chose to use all caps and wasn't all that careful with my writing. I really like the way it looks! I have boxes of books, you guys so this only shows some of them, but if you're doing as many as I did, you may want to skip popping the cover off to write, and just write directly on the spine (I ended up doing that).
Then, stack 'em however you like! Pretty simple, huh?! I'm really happy with how it pulls together this shelving space. I can't wait to fill the rest of the shelves with books and pretty things now that I'm not discouraged about my tatty book collection now! Would you try this? How do you style your bookshelves that house real books?
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