One difficulty of having a lot of living books on our bookshelves is that they are read over and over and over. Being read over and over is not the difficult part; the difficulty is keeping them in good condition. While I could purchase all hardcover books, this would be cost prohibitive and some are not available in hardcover.
Contact paper covers to the rescue!
I cover some of our books proactively to protect them, but most of the time I forget and we end up covering the books that are read so often they become a little tattered. Below are step-by-step instructions for covering your books with contact paper. At the end of the tutorial is a video if you prefer visual instructions.
How To Cover A Book With Contact Paper
- Contact paper
- Unroll the contact paper.
- Lay the book on the paper.
- Cut the contact paper to size, allowing a 1.5″-2″ margin on all sides. Remember to cut the paper large enough to cover the front and back of the book. Trim off excess paper, if necessary.
- Remove the backing from contact paper.
- Lay the contact paper down, sticky side up.
- Place the book on the contact paper. Allow a 1.5″-2″ margin on all sides.
- Cut a rectangle from each corner of the contact paper.
- Cut a slit in the contact paper near the spine to allow the contact paper to fold.
- Open the book and fold the contact paper over onto cover.
- Flip the book over and repeat steps 6-8.
- Cut off the excess contact paper near the spine.