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
–whatever printable that you are laminating
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!
Mickymunchkin's little space says
hi there 🙂 do you know how thick paper can be so that a laminater still works ok? I don’t know, I keep having problems with mine, it’s munching up the sheet or makes bubbles 🙁 any ideas what I’m doing wrong?
Mandy Beyeler says
Hmmm, I’m not sure – I’ve run construction paper through and it worked for me… sorry I’m not more helpful!
What brand do you use? How pricey are the sheets?
Love your blog!
Stacie S-H says
I’ve been tempted to get a laminator off and on. When I see a deal come along again i think I will get one
Mandy Beyeler says
I just found some sheets on Amazon – they are anywhere from $10-$15 for 100, so not too bad. I’m not sure what brand mine is, but I’m sure it’s just a regular, unfancy machine.
I love my laminator! And once I’m working on my machine, my 5 yr-old loves to find more things to laminate from her ‘craft stash’ 🙂
Haley Grossman says
I have a cheap $25 laminator from walmart and love it. I think they are definitely underrated. To the person who commented on the paper thickness: I have done flash cards that were basically 2 index cards back to back, and they are like a light cardstock, they ran through fine but sometime I would have to run them through a 2nd time to get them a little better around the edges of the paper.