How to Laminate Something Without a Laminator

by Karen Jones

One of the best ways to protect a piece of paper is by using laminate. It protects it from water, spills, and other accidents that might happen. There are many different types of laminating machines on the market, but if you don't have one, fear not! If you have an iron and some wax paper or parchment paper, you can easily make your own DIY laminator at home. This will allow you to preserve important papers without breaking the bank!

You may be wondering how to laminate something without a laminator. Well, worry no more! This guide will teach you the best ways to do this job at your home with items that are readily available.

What can I use instead of laminating?

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to protect your printed materials, laminate can be an excellent solution. However, it is not always the most cost-effective or environmentally friendly option. There are several alternatives that will do just as good of a job at protecting your documents.

There are two main options for those who want to avoid laminating: polyurethane coating and acrylic coating. Polyurethane coating is often used on posters because it provides protection from moisture without being too heavy or bulky which would make the poster hard to hang up.

What can I use instead of laminating?
What can I use instead of laminating?

How do I laminate without a laminator?

There's an easy way to laminate without a laminator! All you need is some clear packing tape and your documents. Just place the document face down on a flat surface, then lay the packing tape over it with one end hanging off of each side.

Make sure that there are no air bubbles or creases in the tape and seal both sides by pressing firmly. It takes about 20 minutes for the adhesive to dry, and once it does, your paper will be protected from water and spills like never before!

  1. Get a large piece of cardboard or thin plywood
  2. Cut it to the size you need for your project
  3. Cover one side with clear contact paper, then cover the other side with laminating film
  4. Use packing tape to seal the edges and corners of the laminate to make it more durable
  5. Place your finished product on top of an ironing board, place a towel over it, and run an iron across it slowly in long strokes
  6. Flip your finished product over onto another clean surface and let cool before use

How do you laminate with a laminator?

Laminators are an essential tool for keeping your documents in tip-top shape. Whether you need to laminate a business card, document, or photo album cover, this blog post will tell you all about how to use a laminator.

  1. Place the document on a flat surface
  2. Locate the laminating film and peel off one side of it to make it sticky
  3. Place the sticky side on top of your document, making sure that you align all four corners
  4. Press down firmly to ensure that there are no air bubbles between your document and the film
  5. Peel off the other half of the film from its backing sheet and place it overtop of your document, lining up with all four corners
  6. Press down again to seal any remaining air bubbles out from underneath both films

Can you laminate with Ziploc bags?

If you've got a stack of Ziploc bags in the back of your kitchen cupboard, I'm here to tell you that they can be put to good use for something other than storing leftovers. With just a few simple steps, you can laminate anything from paper crafts like cards and scrapbook pages, to pictures or artwork with these plastic sandwich bags. Here's how it's done!

Let me show you what I mean by taking one of my latest projects as an example. When my daughter was little she loved getting her face painted at birthday parties and holidays like Halloween and Easter. We'd take photos so we could remember each costume but they never seemed quite right because the paint would smear on the photo over time.

Ziploc bags are a great way to laminate. You can use them as you would any other laminator and then after, simply throw away the bag.

How can I laminate cheaply?

Laminating your items is a great way to protect them from wear and tear. There are many different types of laminates, but the most popular ones are clear with an adhesive that dries quickly. It's important to make sure you don't use a lot of pressure when laminating because it could result in wrinkles or bubbles forming on the surface. Here are some tips for laminating cheaply.

  • Order a laminating machine from an online retailer
  • Purchase a roll of clear packing tape and a pack of plastic sheets for the machine
  • Roll the plastic sheet onto the roller to create a tight seal around it, then cut off any excess paper on one end
  • Put your document or other item face-down on top of the clear packing tape and feed it into your laminating machine
  • Turn on the power switch and watch as your document is laminated within seconds! You can now use this laminated item as you please.

I recommend you visit the laminating section of Walmart. They have a great selection and amazing prices! Best of all, it's super easy to shop there because they're open 24 hours a day.


You don't need a laminator to laminate something. This is because you can just use packing tape and an iron! If the item has been printed on cardstock, apply packing tape to both sides of it until it's completely covered with the sticky side down. Then place your object in between two pieces of wax paper or parchment paper and get out your trusty old iron. Use direct heat from the iron for 5-10 seconds without moving over any part of the surface too many times (you'll risk melting some parts). When done correctly, this will create a more durable finished product that looks similar to traditional lamination methods used by professionals like us at Rapid Laminates who specialize in custom packaging for all sorts.

About Karen Jones

For the last decade, Karen Jones has worked as a freelance writer and social media marketing consulant. As an gourmand and avid traveler, she publishes cutting-edge articles about traveling that really attracting readers into her wonderful journeys. If you can't find Ms. Jones around her friends and family, she's definitely busy in her home office refining her writing composition and printing press.

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