22 Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers

Remember back in the day when you used paper bags to cover all your textbooks?! I have fond memories of doodle-fests in homeroom, mostly with the latest boy crush, and dorky name compatibility games. But then the perfectionist in me always longed for pretty cover designs.

Boy how I wish I had my silhouette back then because then the sky truly is the limit:
Simple Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers| www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #silhouette #silhouettecameo


My favorite part was probably choosing fun scripty fonts to use on the spines:
Simple Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers, Spines| www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #silhouette #silhouettecameo




This quickie project is perfect for both school-goers and those who want to add a little pizzazz to their otherwise not-so-pretty book covers (hmmm don't judge a book by it's cover, anyone?!). Oh and it's the August Silhouette Challenge, so be sure to scroll to the bottom for more back-to-school ideas!!

Simple Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers, Supplies| www.blackandwhiteobsession.com #silhouette #silhouettecameo


It's super simple to make these my friends:
  1. Gather your supplies: white oil based paint sharpie pen, silhouette pen holder (or hack your blade like I did), paper bags (or roll of brown paper from the $1 store), scissors, and your Silhouette.
  2. Download the three geometric designs (or create some of your own).
  3. Cut your paper bags to fit your textbook/book size, dry fit, measure the cover and spine, & adhere the paper bag cutout to your mat. If the total width of your cover, including the folded over seams, is over 12 inches simply adhere the paper bag with the seams already folded. A little tape should help keep it in place.
  4. Adjust the designs to fit the cover space.
  5. Run through your silhouette using the pen settings.**
  6. Attach your customized textbook covers to the books.
**Since my pen was new I had to run the design through (without removing it from the mat) a couple times to get the white pen to show up. Also, using the Medium (as opposed to the fine tip) Sharpie Paint pen may yield better results.

Which design is your favorite? Did you doodle any M*A*S*H games on your textbooks?!

P.S. I was not paid or perked from any of these vendors; I  just happily picked up the supplies necessary for the job.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Back to School: Printable Book Cover Labels Back to School: Personalized Bag Tags DIY Chalkboard Vinyl Calender  Stamped Lunch Notes with the Silhouette - August Challenge Personalized Classroom Sign for the Teacher Apple earrings for that special teacher School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift) Easy Vinyl Embellished Bookmarks Chalkboard Place Cards Fabric Tear Away Notepad LEGO inspired Printable Backpack Tags {FREE PRINTABLE} First Day of School Photo Prop Back to School: Personalized Notebooks Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers Easy Back to School Teacher Gift & Printable Frozen Inspired Pencil Toppers First Day of School Photo Keepsake Giving School A Little Boost
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22 comments:

  1. These are so fun! I still haven't used a pen in my Silhouette. I need to go check out your blade hack ASAP.

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    1. Awe thanks Alexis!! And really?! I would have never guessed, you and your Sil seem like bff's :P Just kidding, in all reality, your handwriting is FAR better than anything that could come from the machine!

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  2. I loved to cover my books with paper bags! Yours look great!

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    1. Awe thanks Kelly! I'll send 'em your way ha!

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  3. Wow Trisha I love these! Great minds do think alike. I love that you actually used the silhouette to actually draw on the craft paper! so fun! The possibilities are endless!

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    1. Awe thanks boo! I wasn't sure how well the paint pen would work on brown paper but I'm happy to report it worked well (after a few adjustments of course!)

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  4. What a fun idea for book covers ~ they are so cute and modern. Thanks for sharing them at Making Monday. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks for having me, and the kind words Lori!

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  5. so cute! also, we should probably get together to play MASH soon. I'd love a mansion with 574 kids, a ferrari, and my 1997 crush. ;)

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    1. Uhh, how do I top a comment as good as yours, Stephanie?! I'll have to choose the cabin on the lake, with jet skis, an Audi R8, 10 dogs, with maybe some Channing Tatum (in his single days of course)!

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  6. I love the handwriting on the back of the book wraps and the geometric patterns are awesome. Love it!!

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  7. Wow, these are great! Someday I am going to try those pens, they are certainly on my Silhouette try list. :-)

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  8. Oh my goodness; you would be THE COOLEST kid in school with these textbook covers. Also, I need to get a pen holder! NOW! Ha ha. Great work. Stumbling and pinning!

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  9. Awesome-sauce! Love how these turned out. So much better than the usual marker scribbles throughout the year :)

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  10. Love these covers. We don't have Silhouette but the girls are very creative and just may be inspired from this. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. These are awesome Trisha! You are so creative!

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  12. Boy do these bring back memories! Your covers turned out great. Though my school days are long gone, I could just imagine rolling into school with covers like those. Had I been entrepreneurial at the time, this could have been turned into a nice side business....peddling top of the line designed book covers to other students...lol

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  13. These are amazing Trisha!! I mean so trendy. Glad I don't have to go back to school, but still want to recover some books with this!

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  14. Love these! I should make some for my kids, even though their books don't much leave the house :)

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  15. So cool! I used to draw on brown paper for textbook covers by hand. I wish the Silhouette existed back then! This is a great idea that hadn't occurred to me - I'll have to keep it in mind for the future.

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  16. Trisha, these look so effective! I love the contemporary look.
    I've been trying to find a decent white pen, so I'll have to keep an eye out for a white oil based sharpie now :)

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  17. Ok Trisha, you *know* I love these. It's the perfect mix of back to school and your amazing design aesthetic. A.maze.ing.

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