I have this ugly yellowy-gold wallpaper on the walls. I wanted the room to look bright so brought in a number of white furniture and threw out all the old ones. Now much brighter, I started filling all my new white shelves with books, but there were too many black and colourful bookcovers! That meant I was back to square one. I decided then to start a painstakingly slow project making custom white covers for all my books.
It took me several days working non-stop to finish 53 covers and luckily I was off work then or it would have taken me a week. It all looks so much neater and more seamless now, I love it!
If you want to do the same here is how I did it. A word of advise: it’s very time consuming!
DIY Tutorial step-by-step
Measure the height of books
Start with measuring the height of all your books, carefully note down the exact height of each and every one. I sped the process up by grouping all books of same height together and only measuring one out of each group. You’re bound to have some books of the same height!
Cut the paper
Take the number of sheets of white paper you need for the first pile of books and add another two in case you mess up (most likely will). Take the first sheet and lay it down horizontally. Take a book from the first pile and make a mark of the height of the book on the paper. Make several marks across the paper for better accuracy. Cut the paper.
Lay the cut sheet on top of your paper pile and cut the whole pile following the first sheet as guidance. You may have to do it in several smaller piles depending of how many sheets of paper you need to cut through.
Feed your printer the cut paper.
NB! For books where the height exceeds the width of a standard A4 sheet, lay down the paper VERTICALLY instead of horizontally.
1. Open Word. Go to File>Page Setup>Paper Size>Manage Custom Sizes and click the little “+” icon in the lower left corner to set a new custom size for your document.
2. Set the width of your document to the height of the first pile of books. Remember, width of the document must be the same as the height of the book! Important that you get this right!
3. Go to the centre of the page and type in the title of your first book
4. Go to the next page and repeat step 3 for all the books in the same pile
6. Print only the first page to see if the measurements came out right. If not, tweak and try again until it’s correct (this is why you cut a couple ekstra sheets)
7. Print the document
You have to create a new document for each pile of books of the same height and repeat step 2-7. Do the same for the single books, though these will obviously only have one page in their document.
NB! For books where the height exceeds the width of a standard A4 sheet, set the document to LANDSCAPE mode and enter the height (of the book) in the height setting of the document.
Cover the books
I found it best to remove the old cover first and store them in a box. Wrap the new covers around the books, if the length is too short, add more paper and use pretty washi tape to cover the seal.
And there you have it! Pretty white books to go with anything! Alternatively you can stamp the title on and skip the whole word processing step.