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Spellbinding book covers

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Do you school books need a bit of magic? Then why not transform them with these spellbinding covers! 

If your school lets you cover your books with cool paper and designs, then why not give these ago - perfect for anyone that wants to bring a little magic to their school days - plus you'll look like you're part of Hogwarts with these even though they're really your science books! 

What you'll need: 

  • Your school books
  • Brown wrapping or sheet paper - you can pick this up from places that sell stationary. You'll need enough to wrap completely around your books. 
  • Pens, paints and any accessories you want to put on the covers. 
  • Sellotape 
  • Scissors

What to do: 

  1. First, take your brown paper and lay it out face-down on a flat surface, making sure nothing is underneath it. 
  2. Then, place your school book onto the paper - your book needs to be open at the centre, so both the front and back covers are flat against the paper - make sure there is roughly 2cm of paper surrounding all sides of your book.
  3. Cut your paper to the right size and then place your book back down onto it in the same position as before. 
  4. Next, fold your paper around 2cm from the top and bottom of the book. 
  5. Stick the two folds down using the sellotape but make sure you don't stick it down right to the ends - just stick the middle. 
  6. Place your open book back on the paper - take the left hand side of the paper and fold it over the back cover of your book and make a crease where it folds. 
  7. Do the same with the right hand side, folding it around the front cover, making sure you leave enough movement in the paper so your book opens and closes ok with the cover on. 
  8. Next, slide the back cover of your book inside the fold you've just made and also underneath the two folds you made in the top and bottom of the paper - your back cover should then be sat snugly inside all the paper folds. 
  9. Do the same with the front cover, being careful not to pull it too tight otherwise the spine will tear. 
  10. Once you're happy with your book cover and everything looks secure, it's time for the fun part...the decorating! 
  11. You can decorate your covers with anything you like - although remember your teachers will see these so don't cover them with things you shouldn't. We used black markers to write spellbinding book titles down to the spine and then we did the same on the front covers too - you can add accessories like glitter, ribbon and gems too! 

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