How to Fix a Spiral Bound Book With A Missing Cover

I homeschool. I don’t write too much about our homeschool adventures because I’m learning as I go.  I’ll make an exception here and tell you how I figured out to fix a spiral bound book with a missing cover.

I have a love-hate relationship with spiral-bound books.  Your homeschool, like mine, may include several.  After making their way down the line (or down a few lines like this hand-me-down book I’m talking about today) you may loose the cover or pages.  We’re fixing it.

Gather your supplies.  You’ll need:
* the spiral book
* a scissor
* scrap ribbon pieces
* a cheap three prong folder (These are maybe 25¢.)

Here’s how to do it:
1. Loosen folded “spine” of the three prong folder.  Basically, you want to make it able to have a thickness at the folded part and not be just flat.
2. Use the holes on one side of the “inside paper holder” to tie the spiral book into place.
3. Use the holes on the other side of the “inside paper holder” to tie the spiral book into place.
4. You now have a new cover on your spiral bound book!  (It’s sure cheaper than buying a replacement book.)

Here’s a recap of how to recover a spiral bound book with pictures:

Step one: Gather supplies and loosen the "spine" of the three prong folder.

Step one: Gather supplies and loosen the “spine” of the three prong folder.

how to cover spiral bound book

Step Two: Tie the spiral book into the prong holes of the folder on the front side.

spiral bound recover

Step Three

spiral bound recover

Step Three: Tie the back of the spiral bound book into the back of the folder, putting the ribbon into the holes for the prongs. (Using the assistance of little fingers helps to hold the knot in tightly.)

spiral bound recover

Step Four: You will have a new cover on your spiral bound book. Label it if you desire. Of course it’s not professional, but it will keep additional pages from coming unbound, it will stay nice on the shelf and it only costs about 30¢.

spiral bound recover

Here’s the finished product. Take a look inside a random page.


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