How to Make a Flag Bunting from a Book Jacket

It’s no secret that I love kids books. I even love the unnoticed and underestimated parts of books like endpapers and case covers.

One part of books that I’m NOT in love with, though, are dust jackets.

We have hundreds of picture books in my house, and that means we have tons of dust jackets, too. They get in my way when I’m reading, and they tear along the edges. I think my kids share my distaste—they take the dust jackets off and leave them laying around everywhere. 

The good news is, there are plenty of creative ways to use dust jackets. This is one of my favorites.

This simple project idea is a winner for storybook-themed baby showers and birthdays, reading nooks, playrooms, classroom libraries, or any space that needs a pop of color. I used the dust jacket from Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, but you can use any book.



Dust Jacket (naturally)
Card Stock/Cardboard
Colored Paper
Glue Stick 


1. Make a template.

On your cardstock, trace and cut out a template for your flags. I made my flags five inches wide and four inches long. I also left a ½ inch flap at the top of the flag to secure it to the string.

2. Trace your template and cut the flags. 

I used my template to trace and cut ten paper flags. Easy as pie! I created flags using a mix of colored and patterned scrapbooking papers in addition to the Madeline dust jacket.

3. Secure the flags.

Fold the flags over the string and secure it with a bit of glue. I used about five feet of cotton twine for this project, but any string, yarn, ribbon, or rope will do.

4. Hang.

Violá! I used some colorful washi tape to hang my bunting on the wall. Is there anything that stuff can’t do?

This project is so easy and versatile. I think its a great way to use all those dust jackets that get in my way. Don’t forget to check out my other ideas for using dust jackets and tag me on Facebook or Instagram with your own projects.