You hear about lots of fun craft machines on various blogs, I don’t know if anyone has done a tutorial on one my favorites – a laminating machine! (probably because there’s not some giant marketing push, but I love mine no matter that – love love love laminating!) So I want to show you How to Use a Laminating Machine, or how to use a laminator. It’s super easy!
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I got mine last year for Christmas from my mom – – probably because I kept borrowing hers for long periods of time. It’s so fun – once you try it, you’ll want to laminate everything in site! I just laminated a bunch of placemats for our nursery at church, and some Valentine bookmarks – everything’s better laminated 🙂
How to use a Laminator
I occasionally teach preschool (it’s a coop so we rotate homes, etc) and was making this cute Shape Bingo when I thought that it was so cute that I should laminate it so we could use it again and again. And I took pictures as I did so, just for you! Here we go:
First plug in your machine and turn it on – it takes a few minutes to heat up.
Next open a laminating sheet – it’s like a thin folder with the hinge on the top.
Lay out all the printables you want to laminate inside it and set the top back down:
Feed the hinged end into your machine. (If you put the other end in first, it might wrinkle as it gets to the hinge end. ) Once you push it in far enough, the machine will slowly pull it in on its own. I held up the other end because it was hanging off my counter and I didn’t want those loose papers to drop out of the sheets:
Here it is, feeding the sheet in, and then when it comes out – love it!
Once it has come out of the machine, just cut around your printables. That’s it!
Get yourself a laminating machine – you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it 🙂
And then you’ll laminate everything in sight – once you start, you can’t stop!