Here's a great idea for you home crafters and mail
artists out there. Handmade book covers from corroplast in just a few, easy steps.
Cut an 8 1/2" by 11" piece of adhesive backed art paper in half. Cover
each of two, 5" by 7" corroplast cards with the paper.
Diagonal cuts at the two, outer corners of the
paper will allow a smooth wrap.
Here you'll notice that we offset the paper from
the left side of the corroplast to make the paper wrap over the right side of the card to
coincide with top and bottom portions.
Use the triangular cut paper scraps to reinforce your corners on the inside of the book
As you can see in this photo, the paper has been
offset on the long edges of the corroplast card, about a quarter of an inch. You can
change this spacing to suit your own requirements.
The offset edges will be covered by the binding
tape and will not be visible (see below).
Cut a piece of cloth book tape (or colored duct tape) two inches longer than the height of
the corroplast card. In this example, we are using 5"x7" cards, so the
tape is cut approx. 9 inches long.
Lay it sticky side up. Place your ruler over the
tape, finding center length-wise.
Then position your two, covered cards flush with
the ruler. Leave a 1/2" gap between the cards. Once you have positioned the
cards properly, firmly press then down onto the tape. Cut a second piece of tape a
little shorter than the vertical length of your book. Position it evenly and again connect
the two corroplast cards. Take care to align the inside piece of tape (short piece) with
the bottom (long) piece of tape. Press firmly into place.
Step 4. Wrap
the top and bottom ends of tape over the inside piece of tape. Smooth them and press out
any air bubbles as you firmly press all pieces together.
You're done! In less than 10 minutes you've
created a handsome, hard cover for your next handmade book.