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How to Make Book Covers from Vintage Wallpaper


If you're wondering what to make with that vintage wallpaper you found, make book covers. Book covers require little paper; you can usually make them from wallpaper samples and scraps. Cover all your books with the same wallpaper pattern, or use a mix for a colorful, eclectic look. Here's how:
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 to 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Measure the height of the book's front cover. Measure the book's front cover width. Measure the width of the book's spine.

  2. Add 1 inch to the book's front cover height for the total height. Double the front cover width, add the spine width, and then add 5 inches for the total width.

  3. Cut a piece of wallpaper to the total height and width.

  4. Lay the cut wallpaper piece right side down on your work surface. Fold the height ends over 1/2 inch, with the unpatterned side of the wallpaper inside the fold. Press sharp creases into the folded edges with your index fingers.

  5. Fold the left width end of the wallpaper over 2 1/2 inches, with the wrong side of the paper inside the fold. Crease the folded edge. Slide the book's front cover into the fold. Close the book, with the book's back cover facing up. Wrap the wallpaper over the back of the book, and fold the excess over the back cover. Remove the book, and press a sharp crease into the folded edge with your index fingers.

  6. Slide the book cover onto the book.


  1. If you plan to display your wallpaper-covered books in a bookcase, center the wallpaper pattern on the spine of the book. For books displayed flat on a tabletop, center the wallpaper pattern on the book's front cover.

What You Need

  • Book
  • Measuring tape
  • Vintage wallpaper
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors

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