How to cover an exercise book

If covering school exercise books gets you hot under the collar, we’re here to help. Send your kids off in style with books covered in fun wrapping paper from Rex London. Who wouldn’t want to do homework when your stationery looks as good as this? That’s the plan anyway!

Don’t know how? Watch our short video for tips on how to cover an exercise book like a pro. We even show you how to tackle the dreaded sticky-backed plastic!

Step by step guide to covering an exercise book

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 1: Choose the wrapping paper you’d like to use and cut it neatly to size. Make it approximately 2.5cm larger than the open book, all the way round.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 2: Fold the wrapping paper in half so that you can align the spine of the book with the middle.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 3: Use glue for a smooth, flat finish - a spray adhesive is less likely to show lumps but a glue stick works well too.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 4: Close the exercise book before you stick down the back cover. You don’t want the paper to be too tight and rip the first time you open and close the book!

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 5: Once the paper has been glued to the cover, open the exercise book and cut the wrapping paper diagonally across each corner.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 6: Fold the edges in and secure with glue.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 7: Ease the pages of the exercise book gently away from the cover to tuck the wrapping paper underneath.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 8: Add a label, if required.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 9: Cover with clear, sticky-backed plastic to protect your exercise book and give it a really professional finish. Simply follow the same process as before, making sure the plastic is slightly larger than the wrapping paper.

exercise book cover tutorial
Step 10: Smooth any air pockets out from under the plastic before you open the book and fold in the edges.

Now, why not get creative with stripes of paper, washi tape and collages? You can make pockets and print personalised name labels from the computer. Here are three of our favourites:

exercise book cover tutorial
A pocket made from Rex London's Tropical Palm wrapping paper

exercise book cover tutorial
A strip of Rex London's World Map wrapping paper with a vintage style name label

exercise book cover tutorial
Design and print name labels on the computer, cut them from magazines or buy sticker letters

Wrapping paper from Rex London


Pictured above: Tropical Palm Wrapping Paper (5 Sheets) - £6.95; Paper Collage Wrapping Paper (5 Sheets) - £6.95


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