How to laminate with an iron

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How to laminate with an iron
Protect valuable documents without a laminating machine. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

All kinds of items become more durable when they're laminated. Useful items such as recipe cards, ID cards, precious photographs or even homemade bookcovers last longer and are more quickly cleaned when laminated. Laminating pouches are readily available in stationery or craft stores and come in different sizes, from small ID or business-card covers to larger A4 sizes. Laminating machines take the guesswork out of securing papers and pages inside the plastic pouches, but if you have an ordinary, domestic iron you can still laminate the items you want to preserve and protect.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Laminating pouch
  • Cotton T-shirt

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  1. 1

    Preheat the iron on the cotton setting.

  2. 2

    Place the item you want to laminate inside the laminating pouch.

  3. 3

    Lay the T-shirt flat on the ironing board, then place the laminating pouch inside the T-shirt so that it is sandwiched between two layers of cotton.

  4. 4

    Iron over the laminating pouch for 30 seconds, pressing firmly over the whole area of the plastic sleeve.

  5. 5

    Allow the T-shirt and pouch to cool for one minute before removing the pouch from inside the T-shirt.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the item you are laminating is in the centre of the pouch. If it is to one side the edges of the plastic sleeve may not seal properly.
  • Use two cotton tea towels in place of a T-shirt.

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