Back 2 School DIY 101

Back 2 School DIY 101


It’s Back to School season … And all the mom’s raise your hands in the air and rejoice! Oh wait, I mean… it’s B2S season and that means DIY Back to School supplies.  I used to love going school supply shopping with my mom to get new notebooks and folders and pencils; so clean and perfect; like a blank canvas waiting for me to doodle on in class! And the ugly English and Science books, well, I made sure they got a makeover!!  Today, the ideas are endless with all the great DIY products and a creative brain in your head. What out!  It’s easy to make going B2S fun for everyone!


First, let’s give those used school books a new face. With my die-cut and embossing machine it’s easy. I used an embossing folder, brown craft paper (or you can recycle at old paper bag from the grocery store) and a few cuts and folds.


To start, I measured the height and length of my school book while open on the craft paper.  I cut the top and bottom with 3″ extra paper allowance to fold down for a smooth edge and enough of a paper allowance on the ends to cover the inside front and back covers.




Once the sizing is done, I put the paper in the embossing folder and ran it thru my machine. Since the paper is longer than my embossing folder I did it section by section to ensure I got the embossed image on the entire piece of paper.


Finally, I position the school book in the center of the paper and folder the sides over to wrap the book. The book covers get placed inside the folder ends of the paper to make a tight and secure wrap. You can stick a little piece of tape on the top and bottom portions of the book cover where the folded in flap touches the outside cover.




There you have a cool, trendy new book cover made from the simplest of materials. You can continue to embellish the cover with die-cut letters, numbers or shapes, and even add stickers or let your little Picasso do his or her own artwork with some cool markers!





Happy Crafting!



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