Update from last post: I've been able to withstand the sugar cravings thus far, but I know I have it bad when I see my toddler's snack cup of animal cookies, and the animal within myself wants to pull the lid off and stuff the things right down my throat. Since when do I crave animal cookies? Only on a sugar fast. Moving on…
Since I post about many projects that involve lamination, I thought about those of you that may not have a laminator. Deep down I was hoping that this would be the perfect solution for you.
Before you get all teary-eyed, let me tell you that there was some success in the end, but is it worth the effort? You decide.
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Way back when, I remember seeing something on Pinterest that said you can laminate with an iron. Since I already have a relationship with a fantastic laminator of my own, I didn't think much of it and kept scrolling. Recently though, I've wondered if it actually works (Don't worry, I still have a very healthy relationship with my laminator).
So I decided to do an experiment for all of you out there that hope to one day find a laminator to call your own, but are having serious hesitation in making the plunge to buy one. It's okay, I understand. It's a hard life when you get attached to too many things. Let's look at some other options before you get too committed: Can you laminate with an iron?
So here it is:
Laminate with an iron: Does it really work?
I read about 3 different tutorials, and each said to laminate either with the pouch inside a t-shirt, or in between two cotton clothes. Here's the results from round one:
So then I thought maybe I just wasn't doing it right. So I went back and re-read instructions, and gave it another go. This time I made sure the pouch wasn't getting too much heat just in case that was the cause of the wrinkling.
Here's round 2 (I laminated last week's 21 minute workout):
Once again, bubbling occurred. At this point, I was feeling frustrated (and really wanting chocolate). I also started wondering if this was a prank. Have any of you ever thought about putting a gimmick solution on Pinterest just to see how many silly people will repin and actually try it? Like…”For a perfect complexion: soak you face in peanut butter over night” Okay, me neither. 🙂 Anyway…since chocolate wasn't an option, I decided to give it one more go. I remembered the iron-on transfer instructions from the post on making your own felt pieces: It said to iron using a hard surface for the best results, and I thought maybe this would be a similar situation.
So I tried it. And after a very patient process, it worked!
Was it worth it?
If laminators were expensive, I would say it is probably worth it. But since you can get a decent laminator in the $20-30 range, it isn't worth it in my opinion.
However, if you only need to laminate one thing and you really won't have use for a laminator in the future, then this is the route to go. It will just take a little bit of practice to get the technique down, but you can definitely get it to work. Please practice with a paper you don't care about. DO NOT use the iron to laminate the one last photo that exists of your great-great-grandpa. That would be classified as dumb. EVEN if you feel you have the technique down!
So what do you think? Do you laminate with an iron? What was your experience?