How to Laminate without a Laminator

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Things You'll Need

  • Self-adhesive laminating sheets

  • Object to be laminated

Laminating documents and pictures serves a dual purpose. It protects the piece by giving it a clear protective covering, and it makes the piece look more professional. Laminated documents can be used as outdoor signs because the plastic protects the paper from the elements. Photos that are printed on regular computer paper can be laminated to give them a similar professional shine to those printed on photo paper or developed at a photo store.


Step 1

Print the object and let the ink dry before laminating. The paper should be as smooth as possible to avoid air bubbles in the lamination.

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Step 2

Size the document and cut the lamination sheets to about an inch wider and about an inch longer than the document.

Step 3

Center the document on the sticky side of the sheet and smooth down from one edge to another. Work slowly to avoid creating air pockets and ensure smoothness.

Step 4

Place the edge of the second sheet against the edge of the first sheet with the sticky sides facing each other. Smooth the second side down the same way as in the last step.

Step 5

Trim the excess lamination sheet from around the edge of the piece.


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