Not all the books we bind deserve an elegant case or box: this is a Quick and Easy way to make a protective wrapper when you need to carry or send books.
It is made by cutting two strips of corrugated paper which are laid one on top of the other in the form of a cross; these wrap around the book and over each other and the wrapper is held closed with elastic. Click here to see the images.
You will need:
a. A sheet of corrugated paper big enough to cut two strips:
(1) one strip is the same length as the book: this strip has to be three times the width of the book plus twice its thickness.
(2) one strip is the same width as the book: this strip has to be three times the length of the book, plus twice its thickness.
For (1) the corrugation lines run down the length of book measurement, and for (2) the corrugation lines run across the width of book measurement, i.e. in each case the corrugated lines are parallel with the short measurement of the cut strip.
b. A roll of double-sided foam tape.
c. A round strong elastic long enough to go around the book and be tied in a knot.
d. A stapler.
Making the wrapper
Take strip no.1 and lay it on the table horizontally with the corrugated side down. Put the book in the middle of the smooth side (see image 1) and wrap the strip around the book, the two sides overlapping one another. With your fingers press the paper against the book's edges to make a mark in the paper in such a way that the crossing remains naturally in place, the two sides lying one on top of the other over the front cover of the book.
Take strip no.2 and lay it on the table vertically with the corrugated side down. Put the wrapped book in the middle of the smooth side of strip no.2 and wrap this strip over the wrapped book, the two sides overlapping one another. Press the paper against the edges of the packed book to make a mark in the paper.
Now that the shape of the book is imprinted in each of the two strips we can take away the book and fix the strips together (see images 1 and 2).
Cut three or more strips of double-sided foam tape as wide as the book's width and fix them horizontally across the middle of strip no. 2 that is lying vertically on the table.
Lay the corrugated side of the middle of strip no.1 crosswise on the double-sided foam tapes. Make sure that the inner lines marking the book's edges are aligned (see image 2).
Press the central part so that the two strips stick together.
Wrap the book within the inner strip, then wrap the outer strip around it with the upper part on top.
Put the elastic around the wrapper a little below mid-point and tie a knot (see image 3).
Turn up the edge to enfold the knot of the elastic. The flap covering the knot should measure around thirty millimetres. Cut the excess strip if necessary.
With a stapler, fix the edge of the flap so that it hides the knot of the elastic. You can put the title of the book on top of the flap (see image 4), or an image that recalls the book which is inside (see images 5 and 6).