We make all of our own paper - recycled! Great project for recycled papers/egg cartons/cardboard, etc. We use a variety of things to make our paper; cardboards for the cover boards and spine; and even things from nature to embellish both the paper and the final book!
Students are required to make at least 40 sheets of paper and then we begin!
Here are some of my handouts we use to learn about sewing signatures and creating covers.
Try it - you'll love it!