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Colour-Changing Book Cover

How to cover your school books with this fab colour-changing paint

Course craft
Keyword crafts, kids craft
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • Paper
  • Sticky-Back Plastic Clear
  • Exercise Book
  • Colour-Changing Paint
  • Spray Adhesive


  1. As I am painting my paper I am using the back of a desk planner as paper, but the back of wrapping paper works well too. Lay your book on the paper, mark the centre and cut it neatly to size. Make it approximately 2.5cm larger than the open book, all the way around.

  2. Now we are going to decorate and paint our notebook. I have chosen to paint the Oddbods characters Zee and Bubbels on my book cover. Once you have drawn and painted your cover allow it to dry before moving on to the next step. Don't worry; it is OK to trace your character- I did!

  3. Also, don't worry about changing your materials. I used paints, pencils and markers. I also used a black pen to outline my character once I'd painted it.

  4. Close the exercise book before you stick down the back cover. You don’t want the paper to be too tight and rip the first time you open and close the book! Use glue for a smooth finish - a spray adhesive is less likely to show lumps but a glue stick works well.

  5. Once you've glued the paper to the cover, open the exercise book and fold the wrapping paper diagonally across each corner.

  6. Fold the edges in and secure with glue.

  7. Ease the pages of the exercise book gently away from the cover to tuck the wrapping paper underneath.

  8. Cover with clear, sticky-back plastic to protect your exercise book. Simply follow the same process as before, making sure the plastic is slightly larger than your newly created cover.

  9. Now the secret here is that we have used colour changing paint.

  10. Just pop your hand on and watch the colour change like magic due to the heat from your body.