How to laminate without laminator machine

laminate with no laminator machine

Recently I was thinking about how to preserve some crafts and paintings made by my 5 year old son. Other times I wanted to print out some things and then laminate them, like the number board (like How to teach your kid to count up to 100/200), daily schedule, pre-writing tasks (9 Basic writing exercises for preschoolers) and number writing (such as How to teach my child to write numbers?). There is also games that you can use lamination (like Cards with the letters of the alphabet). In any case involving the child’s participation in the effort to write, after lamination and the use of a marker that goes out, they could be reused. But how do you do all this cool stuff?

laminated cards

How many times has it happen to you? How many times have you thought that you would like to keep this painting as a souvenir? How many times have you thought it was a pity that the page with his / her first letters, numbers would be crumpled, or even torn? The page they first wrote their name on? Even printable games that you have downloaded from the internet and have not laminated…. Tell the truth…. What is their current situation? In our case, from what we wanted to last longer, we did not achieve everything…. By the time I found the solution…

When I got into the process of finding a plasticizer, I started looking for exactly what I needed to get. I made a little research, then little more… Then I started thinking… How big is it? And where will it fit? Where will I place it? And should I have one more machine? Thou I made the decision… Just before I made the purchase, I found this article completely by accident …………………

In this article, I saw how I can laminate without even having the laminator machine! And you will ask me…. “How was the result?”… The result was COMPLETELY the same!!!

What you have to do is 2-3 moves. Take the painting created by the little hands, the printable that you have printed or anything else that needs lamination. Put it in between the nylon used for lamination. You get 2 small towels of small size, even the kitchen’s are ideal. Put a towel on the ironing board and the nylon on the towel so that it is completely covered. The second towel is inserted from above. It’s important that the nylon will be completely covered on both sides by the towels. Start ironing on high heat ONLY with the metal plate of the iron and NOT with steam!

Squeeze over slowly, it will help if you press the iron lightly on the towels as you “iron”. Check if it is completely stuck, if not continue. It won’t take you more than 2 minutes! Once it is ready, it will still be slightly soft. Lie on the table and flatten gently.

Ready! You just made your first handmade lamination, and even without the lamination machine!

However, let’s not forget that in addition to what we have said about laminating in children’s works and drawings, we can also laminate our own things… For example lists of what we have to do daily as busy mommies, or a weekly meal plan. Lamination can be useful to us in so many things that you never imagined…

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10 comments on “How to laminate without laminator machine

  1. Nadia

    That’s how I’ve been laminating flashcards and it works like a charm. But for me it doesn’t work for larger sizes like A4 or letter.
    How do you laminate them so you don’t get bubbles in the middle?

    1. admin Post author

      Put it inside in the right position. In some occasions such as A4 I have to cut the space around paper in order to fit better. It’s also important to place it in a strong and hard place to laminate it.

  2. Jacquline Pinchuk

    I didn’t even know this was possible lol! This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I’m going to need this soon with my kids going into kindergarten =).

    1. admin Post author

      Yeah! You are going to love it! It’s super easy! I use this all the time, having a kid at kindergarten too.


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