Friday, April 18, 2014

Easy DIY Laminating at Home

I love to make things more durable but I don't like to always pull out my big laminator. And I frequently encourage parents to make therapy materials at home that will be used more than a few times. Many of my parents don't have laminators at home. So, I'm going to show you my DIY Laminating that you can do at home easily and quickly with your paper and some dollar store clear packing tape! It is not going to last forever, but it'll be significantly more durable than plain paper!

First, print and cut out what you want laminated. I was making days of the week cards to put on my daughter's outfits that we plan out for the week.

Next, lay out one piece at a time in front of you. Stretch the tape over the paper and smooth it down. You can flip it over so that it is laminated on both sides or just cut it out with one side protected. I do both depending on the project.

That's it! Now you are done!

If you want to take it one step farther, here's what I did for this project. I hole punched and added ribbon so that I could hang the days of the week on her outfit hangers. Each week, I hang them all up on a little metal bar and pull down just what she'll wear the next day.

Honestly, my favorite - now having used these tags for a while - is the single hole punched one I did for Saturday and Sunday (see picture below). It just seems to always hang so nicely.

We laminate lots of things at our home from the outfit labels and other labels to flashcards and other projects. It's quick, easy and inexpensive! Happy laminating!

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