How to Laminate With an Iron

    by Deborah Jones

    About the Author

    Deborah Jones started her freelance writing career in 1990. Her work has appeared in The Writer's Forum, "Reader's Digest" and numerous D.C. Thomson magazines. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a postgraduate certificate in education, both from the University of Derby.


    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 and letter 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.

    Things You'll Need

    • Ironing board
    • Laminating pouch
    • 2 cotton tea towels

    Preheat the iron on the cotton setting. Place the item you want to laminate inside the laminating pouch.

    Lay one tea towel flat on the ironing board and place the laminating pouch on top. Lay the second tea towel over the laminating pouch so the pouch is sandwiched between the tea towels.

    Iron over the laminating pouch for 30 seconds, using slow, steady strokes and pressing firmly over the whole area of the plastic sleeve. Allow the towels and pouch to cool for one minute before touching the pouch.

    • Make sure the item you are laminating is in the center of the pouch with a wide enough border that the edges will be sealed.
    • Use a T-shirt in place of the tea towels. Put the laminating pouch inside the T-shirt so it is sandwiched between the layers of cotton.
    • Read the instructions on your laminating pouches. With thicker laminate material, longer time is needed to fuse it with the iron.
    • The iron is hot and the pouch and towels will be hot at the end of the process. Take care when handling them to prevent burn injuries.

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