How to Shrink Wrap a Book

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Shrink wrap can be used on anything from a block of cheese to a building in a hurricane. Its versatility comes from both the protection that it affords to products and the ease with which it can be applied. Even if you are not a major manufacturer with expensive equipment, you can shrink wrap products with very little effort and create a more professional product.

Things You'll Need

  • Roll of shrink wrap film
  • Heat gun or blow dryer
  • Book to wrap
  • Cut a length of shrink wrap film long enough to cover the book on both sides. Think of this step in the same terms as using gift wrap on a birthday present: make sure the film has extra space to wrap past the edge of the book.

  • Turn the book and the film over and wrap the edge of the film over to the back of the book, covering it completely. If you weren't able to cover the book completely, cut a new length of film large enough to do the job.

  • Using your heat gun or blow dryer, heat the wrap on the back of the book until it conforms to the book shape closely. Do not focus the heat gun on any one part of the wrap for too long, or you will burn a hole through the wrap.

  • Flip the book over and continue applying heat to the wrap until it conforms to the contours of the book completely. Be patient as this may take a few minutes.

  • Inspect the book to make sure the wrap hasn't ripped or come apart in some way. Keeping a clean wrap is the key to a professional shrink wrap job.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your shrink wrap has air trapped inside of it, try cutting a small hole in the shrink wrap to let that air out. Be sure to keep the hole small, or you risk ripping your wrap as it heats.

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