Waxed paper book covers: a radvent tutorial!
I like to take care of my books.
When I think about my school years in the small town where I grew up, I remember one of the things I loved most was the responsibility of having my own little space to take care of. I was so excited in first grade to finally have a school supply list and my own desk to store all my things. I got to make decisions about the objects I wanted to surround myself with–regular crayons, or metallics? A cardboard pencil box, or a pouch I made myself? Book covers. And then I got a locker in third grade, and I got to arrange it, and have magnets. My lockers and desks were always a horrible mess–I had too many things–and my teachers made me stay in from recess a few times to clean it. (Confession: I’m a total lifelong slob.)
This tutorial was inspired by the care and love I remember putting into every cover I made for my books in school–creasing them, decorating them, using unconventional materials…both pretty and practical. You could make book covers like these from many other materials like foil, fabric, old maps, ledger paper. If you’re doing a handmade or secondhand Christmas this year (my grandma calls it “Thoughtful Christmas”), you could dress up a used book with a spiffy cover. You could add a gift label to the front of the cover. I could go on and on, so I’ll just let you continue the list of possibilities in your own mind. On to the goods!
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