How to Flatten a Wrinkled Picture


When stored incorrectly, your treasured photo keepsakes may end up warped and wrinkled. Flattening photos to bring them back to life can take a little work, but your treasured mementos are well worth it. With the help of your trusty ironing board, you can de-wrinkle any photo in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Brown paper bag
  • Turn your iron on. Set it on the lowest heat setting. You can adjust the heat later, if the low setting is not working, but you want to start cautiously.

  • Allow the iron to fully heat up before you begin ironing. As you wait, tear a large piece of a brown paper bag -- one large enough to cover your photo -- and place it on top of the photo to protect it from potential heat damage.

  • Place the photo face-down on your ironing board. You want to heat the back of the photo, because directly heating the front can cause damage to the image.

  • Pass the iron gently over the photograph for a few seconds. don't apply pressure. Evaluate the crease site, and continue ironing as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have an ironing board handy, you can set the photograph on a large flat surface, such as a kitchen table or even on a flat, hard floor.
  • Avoid ironing over areas that have been taped; the heat of the iron will melt the tape and cause a sticky, unsightly mess.

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