DIY Shrink Wrap

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DIY Shrink Wrap
You can prevent damage by wrapping your items in shrink wrap. (wrap image by Allyson Ricketts from

When you ship products across the country or around the world, it is important to wrap them tightly so the products do not become damaged or broken. One way to securely wrap your items is to use shrink wrap, which is a cling film that can be heated to shrink tightly around the items. Although you can have your items shrink-wrapped at a shipping store, you can save money by shrink-wrapping them yourself.

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Things you need

  • Plastic shrink wrap
  • Heat gun
  • Object to wrap

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  1. 1

    Place your item to be shipped onto a flat table or counter top.

  2. 2

    Wrap plastic shrink wrap around your item smoothly, making sure that the shrink wrap is not bunched up in places. Unwrap and rewrap the item if bunching or folding occurs.

  3. 3

    Plug in a heat gun.

  4. 4

    Hold the heat gun three to six inches above the shrink wrap, and turn it on. Heat the shrink wrap for a few minutes to make it shrink down around your item.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process with each item you want to ship.

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