Books that are falling apart and need to go to the hospital?
Then I have the answer for you!
I am heading back into the classroom next year and am pretty much starting from scratch when it comes to my classroom library. I am scouring all the thrift stores looking for books for my classroom library. As you know many thrift store books have seen better days, with tears and rips on the covers.
I’ve got a solution! Your students will be able to read your books for years to come. Book cover rips and tears will be a thing of the past!
All you need for your book repair toolkit are worn-out books, Contact paper, and scissors. That’s it!
Lay out your book and cut along a line on the Contact paper, leaving about an inch on the top and bottom of the book.
The Contact paper has lines which makes it super easy to cut a straight line.
Put the book, spine down, in the middle of the Contact paper. Draw a line at the top and bottom of the spine. Then cut out a space for the spine. Notice I cut it wider than the actual spine.
The Contact paper will have a big hole at the top middle and bottom middle.
Start peeling back the paper gently. I like to put the book on the opposite side and pull it back starting at the bottom corner.
Place the book in the middle of the Contact paper with the spine lining up with your “holes”. Then slowly press the back cover down onto the Contact paper.
Cut out a rectangle from the top and bottom edge like shown below.
Flap over the top and bottom, pressing down at the edges to seal. Then flap over the side, pressing down the edges to seal. I start at the middle and press outward to not have any bubbles.
Repeat on the other side.
Here is what your book will look like in the end. Doesn’t it look much better?
The torn edges are now protected with the Contact paper which means it will last a lot longer and you won’t have to worry about it falling apart!
So binge watch your favorite show on Netflix and get going on repairing your old and worn out books!
Btw….I’m watching one of my favorite cheesy movies on Netflix….Grease 2.
I want a C-O-O-L…R-I-D-E-R.
Hope you’re having a fabulous summer!