Crackled Batik Book Covers


Cover books in style! You’ll always know which books are yours with these unique crackled, crayon-resist batik book covers.


1. Ever have trouble finding YOUR book? With this unique batik-look cover, you’ll always find yours in a flash!

2. Measure the paper. Lay the book you want to cover open and flat on a large, heavy paper. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, mark the paper so that it is at least 2 inches (5 cm) wider than your book on all sides. Cut on your lines with Crayola scissors.

3. Design the cover. Color one side of the paper with Crayola Twistables. Press hard so the colors are bright and vibrant. Lighter colors will show best on your crackled cover.

4. Crumple the paper tightly in your hands and then smooth it out.

5. Cover your art area with recycled newspaper. Use black Crayola Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes to paint over your drawing. The color will go into the cracks. Use a paper towel to blot away excess paint as you work. Air-dry your cover.

6. Cover your book. Lay your drawing colored side down. Open the book and place it on the paper. With a Crayola Colored Pencil, draw a line where the top and bottom edges of the book rest on the paper. Remove the book. Fold the paper on those lines.

7. Replace the open book on the paper. Fold the sides over the sides of the book. Make a sharp crease in each of these folds. Open the folds and place the book inside.

8. Close your book carefully, allowing it to ease into the cover. To help keep the cover on your book, tape the folded pieces to each other.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Color the book cover with traditional batik patterns from various cultures. Research the culture you chose, and write a report about it.
  • Use recycled paper grocery bags or brown craft paper with Crayola Metallic Twistables for a shiny effect. The crayon color stands out, even on darker paper!
  • Try this same crayon-resist technique to make report covers, gift wrap, even large murals.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Twistables®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Giant Floor Pad
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • ruler
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children measure a cover for a book.

  • Students design a beautiful and practical book cover.

  • Children follow directions to fold the cover over their book.


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