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Open the book cover, lay the spine of the book in the middle of the cover, and tuck the front and back cover edges into the 3" fabric hem. Solid-colored cloth can be stamped with ink, or fabric paint can be used to write “THE HOLY BIBLE” or “MY DIARY” on the front. You can also use small metal, wooden or foam letters. Use metal corner covers made for scrapbooks to protect the corners of the new book cover. These usually snap on but can also be adhered with fabric glue, which is washable. Let all embellishments dry for at least 24 hours before laundering.

Paper makes an acceptable book cover, although it isn’t washable and will wear out quicker than the cloth one. Obviously you’ll want to use a very thick paper and a great collection can be found where scrapbook supplies are sold, or use construction paper or even thin cardboard. Measure the book from cover edge to cover edge and cut paper 6" larger than that measurement. Measure the height of the book and add a half inch. After the paper is cut, set the book in the center of the paper without creasing the paper. Wrap the paper edges over the front and back cover evenly, and crease. Remove the book from the paper and crease the folds sharply. Use paints, stickers, stamps, or stencils to decorate the book cover.

Kids can easily make the paper book covers and if you provide them with fabric glue, they can also make the fabric ones. Throw some assorted fabrics and some glue on the table, and kids can get busy at craft time. Adult supervision is required when using fabric glue