Your first impression of a good book will never fade away. And
-Thick hardback book
-Decoupage medium or glue and water mixture
keep a few of the front pages in tact to show the copy-write date and an illustration.then cover the front cover and those pages plus one page with plastic wrap.
use Mod Podge, a decoupage medium, and a paint brush to seal the three edges. Make sure you saturate them with approximately three coats. Allow the Mod Podge to dry (about 15 minutes), meanwhile set something heavy on top of the book to create pressure.
use a straightedge and a pencil,mark the area you want to cut out.