It is no surprise to tell you that the easiest way to laminate documents is through the use of laminators. On the other hand, if you don’t have the machine, how would you laminate your documents or papers at home?
Well, we will tell you how to laminate your documents at home as a DIY project without using the laminator machine? There are different ways to do this job such as using the iron, packing tape, and self-adhesive sheets.
How to laminate with an iron?
Laminating with iron requires you to use synthetic papers. A synthetic paper is a type of plastic paper, which looks like an ordinary paper. You can get this type of paper from the local stationery shop. Follow the steps below to laminate using synthetic paper and iron.
First, you need to open the pouch and place the papers inside. Make sure you position the papers properly. This way, the papers will stay in the middle of the pouch. Also, this allows you to leave equal distances for edges of the pouch.
After placing the document or papers inside the pouch, you need to place the pouch on a flat surface. We suggest placing it on a table. It is a good option. Once done, the next step is to place a towel over the pouch that contains the papers.
Now, you need iron. Set the iron to medium heat level. Place the iron on the part of the towel, which has the pouch beneath it. Make sure you run the iron over the towel for at least 30 seconds to achieve good results.
After ironing the pouch with the towel above it, you need to remove the towel. This allows the pouch to cool off. After cooling it, you need to take the paper and observe it. Make sure the paper or document has good lamination. You can repeat step number 3 in case you find any loose parts.
How to laminate paper with packing tape?
Another method you can do as DIY is the use of packing tape to laminate the documents or papers. Using this method, you can laminate small pieces of paper. This method is not good when it comes to laminating large papers such as A4 size documents.
So, this method is suitable for laminating things like name tags, labels, bookmarks, and business cards. Luckily, you can easily find the clear packing tape at the local stationery shop or any hardware store.
Before starting, keep in mind that the packing tape has a single layer with the adhesive on only one side. So, first, you need to roll out some tape. Then, you need to place the document or paper on the side, which has an adhesive.
Make sure you appropriately position the paper – i.e. right in the middle of the tape. Likewise, we suggest you leave some space that is ½ inches from the tape’s end. Once you have placed the paper or nametag on the side, which has an adhesive, you need to measure the distance on the tape.
The next step is marking the tape and cutting it using a pair of scissors. Over the paper, you need to fold the free portion of the tape. This way, the paper will come in between the tape layers. Some users do not measure or cut the tape. However, they fold it first and then cut in later. We think this is fine.
Finally, you need to smooth out the tape on all sides to make sure there is no development of air bubbles within it. It is time to cut the edges of the tape to make sure everything is in line with the paper.
How to laminate paper with self-adhesive sheets?
Self-laminating sheets, also known as self-adhesive sheets, are a great way to laminate at home. Like other things that we have discussed above, you can also buy the self-adhesive sheets at your local stationery shop.
First, you need to separate the self-adhesive sheet from its backing. You can do this by using your fingernails. For instance, we suggest using a sharp fingernail. Avoid touching the adhesive part of the sheet.
After separating the sheet, you need to place the paper on the side, which has the adhesive. Next, you must adjust the position – i.e. according to the guidance of the grid. Make sure you have uniform borders around the paper.
After confirming the alignment of the paper, it is important to have another adhesive sheet. Again, separate the sheet from its backing and then place it over the paper. This way, you have two adhesive sheets and the paper in between them like a sandwich.
After you have placed the paper in between the adhesive sheets, you need to smoothen them using a suitable tool or your hand. Make sure there are no air bubbles. Remove the wrinkles in between the sheets if any.
In summary, there are various ways to laminate at home. These are the 3 best methods to laminate paper, name tags, bookmarks, and A4 size documents at home.
How can I laminate without a laminator?
How do you laminate perfectly?
Can you laminate by hand?
Can you laminate yourself?
Can you laminate with Ziploc bags?
I personally have tried every one of these and had lots of success. On more than one occasion, I have put visual icons or parts of communication boards into Ziploc bags to make a quickie laminated activity… that one actually works pretty well and the materials are easy to come by.