How to Laminate Paper at Home – 5 Various Method Discussed [ DIY Project ]
Updated: November 3, 2020
Matt, a single father, was telling us about his life raising a toddler on his own. He lightheartedly talked about how the baby ripped the paper dolls, numbers and letters, and anything else that he got her that was made of paper.
His solution, Matt said, was to laminate the items, and it worked great for him. He said that later, lamination became a way of life for him, slowly seeping through every facet of his everyday life.
Everything from recipes and garbage bins to backpacks and laundry baskets had to have a tag, and he said the tactic worked well not only for parenting but also for getting more organized at home and at work.
In this article, we’re going to tell about some of the best, easiest ways to laminate paper at home with or without a laminating machine.
Method 1: Carton Sealing Tape
First on our list is the carton sealing tape, which you can find at the Dollar Tree store for just a dollar. This small hand held tool is truly high grade and very handy for making small labels at home.
So, to use this, just pull the tape out and stick your little labels on. Feel free to first stick your labels on a piece of scrapbook paper to make them more attractive. After sticking to the labels onto the tape, cut the other end and fold the tape over itself.
While folding, move your fingers down the tape to put a tight seal on it and once you’re done, go over it with a credit card to expel any air bubbles that might be in there.
From there, use a pair of scissors to cut out your laminated labels.
This method is one of the cheapest and easiest and the labels are interchangeable and waterproof. You can use them for labelling almost everything from bins and baskets to drawers and more.
Method 2: Layering method
This method uses carton sealing tape and the concept is largely the same, only with a small variation. While the previous method is for small lamination projects like labels, the layer method is for bigger items.
If, for instance, you’re making learning shapes and images for your baby, the tape might be too thin to run in one layer on the paper. Solution? To put it in layers.
So, to do it, take the tape and line it up on one edge and wherever it ends, place another layer that slightly overlaps the first layer. Do that until the width of the project is all covered.
This method is also pretty inexpensive but there are downsides. Firstly, you’ll see lines at the points of intersection of the layers and secondly, you might see air bubbles on there.
Method 3: Self adhesive sheets
For large projects, the A4-sized ones, self laminating sheets are very pertinent.
There are many models of self adhesive sheets but we’d encourage you to go for one with a grid on the backing as that will help you reposition your paper.
Peel down a small section of the backing, maybe an inch or two from the top, and attach the paper you want to laminate, ensuring it is well lined up. Using the grid strip at the top will help you profoundly with the positioning.
Turn the project upside-down and with the ruler or a credit card, go over the part of the adhesive sheet in contact with the paper you’re laminating, while pulling back the backing and replacing its space with your paper.
Once you’re done with that side, pick another self-adhesive sheet and do the same to laminate the other side of your paper.
Lastly, remove the grip strips at the top of the paper and bind the spaces together.
This video illustrates the process beautifully.
Method 4: Thermal laminating pouches
These laminating pouches are typically used with laminating machine but actually, you don’t need a machine to use them.
An iron will play the role of the machine and even though it will take more time and effort, it will deliver the same results.
The pouches come as two sheets attached at one side and what you need to do is just to inside the document in there, line it up real good and close the pouch. From there, put a thin towel over the pouch and drag your hot iron (set to medium heat) over it.
Unlike the faster laminator, you will have to do this for several minutes and you want to be sure to get the corners very well.
Method 5: Home laminators
And lastly, we have home laminators. It might not be the cheapest method, but it’s by far the most efficient and it also produces very professional results. Plus, using a laminator is fun!
Now, we get the reason why many people shy away from laminator machines – they think these items cost an arm and a leg. We’ve been there too but we’ve come to realize the belief is just a fallacy.
There are actually really cheap home laminator units going for extremely low prices. In this link, you’ll discover great models going for as low as 21 bucks on Amazon.
Many laminators come with their own instructions for use but the fundamental concept is to put the document into a laminating pouch before putting it into the machine. You push a couple of buttons and wait for a few moments. The document emerges through the other side all laminated.
Recommended: Best laminator for home use.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What’s the purpose of paper lamination?
What everyday household items can I use to laminate my paper?
You could use plastic wraps or clear packing tape/carton sealing tape.
Can I laminate my old photos with a laminating machine?
Hot laminators use heat to laminate paper and as photo paper is heat sensitive, using it wouldn’t be a good idea. There are cold laminators out there, and these can be used to laminate photos safely. If you can’t get a cold laminator, you can use carton sealing tape or self-adhesive sheets.
Can I cut a laminating sheet then use it?
Yes, absolutely. The laminating sheet will still be effective and as long as there’s a boarder of at least ¼ of an inch all around the paper, water, dust, and other unwanted elements will not get in.
Can I use an iron if I don’t have a laminator?
A laminator makes the process of laminating paper more efficient and it’s a bit more effective but you can also use an iron. Just be sure to cover the document uniformly, especially the corners.
How do I block bubbles?
Use a ruler, credit card or a similar tool to smooth out the laminating sheet to prevent bubble accumulation.
Whether it is certificates, dinner menus, recipes, price tags, drawer tags, kids books, paper dolls, or any other paper item you want to preserve, laminating is the way to go. As you’ve seen, there’s a variety of methods to use and the amazing thing is that they’re all inexpensive.
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