How to Shrink Wrap a Bottle

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How to Shrink Wrap a Bottle
Shrink wrap a bottle to package it. (flacon image by Unclesam from

If you manufacture and sell a product, shrink-wrapping the product is an effective way to give your items a finished and professional appearance. Shrink-wrapping also prevents people from opening items prior to purchase. Shrink-wrap a bottle that contains any liquid to protect the contents of the bottle from accidental leaking. Your shrink-wrapped bottle will look professional and attractive when you prepare it for sale in this fashion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bottle
  • Shrink wrap bag
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Blow dryer (1800 watts) or heat gun

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  1. 1

    Ensure the cap of the bottle is on tightly to prevent any leaking.

  2. 2

    Place the bottle into the bag, making certain the bag fits adequately around and over the bottle. The bag may shrink as much as 40 per cent during the shrinking process.

  3. 3

    Roll the excess bag over onto itself above the bottle. If you have more than 3 inches of excess bag over the bottle, cut this excess off with the scissors.

  4. 4

    Tape the rolled bag down onto the upper portion of the bottle to secure it.

  5. 5

    Set the heat gun to low if you are using a heat gun (176 degrees C). Set a blow dryer to high if you are using a blow dryer.

  6. 6

    Direct the heat of the heat gun or the blow dryer onto the shrink-wrap of the bottle. Do not place the source of heat so close that you melt holes in the plastic. Keep the appliance back approximately 6 inches to enable you to shrink the plastic slowly.

  7. 7

    Continue to move the heat source evenly around the entire area of the bottle to shrink the plastic evenly. Stop when it is even and tight around the entire bottle. Do not over-shrink the shrink-wrap and make it so tight that it tears or rips.

  8. 8

    Allow the shrink-wrap to cool around the bottle.

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