Hi OCB Readers! My name is Amy and I am a kindergarten teacher and the teacher behind Teaching in Blue Jeans. I am really excited to be guest blogging here at OCB this year. Today I have a great tip for you that started as a total experiment. Luckily, it was an experiment that went right!
You see, it was an experiment that started with this:
My “Where Are We” sign for outside my classroom door. I had really been wanting and decided to work on it over the summer. I knew that it would have to be sturdy if it was going to last the test of time and daily use by my kinder kiddos. So I used 3 layers of cardstock as a base. I loved it and couldn’t wait to use it until I ran it through the laminator at school. It came out a big, air pockety mess! I was disappointed, sad and frustrated all at the same time. You see, I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist and there was no way I would hang it up full of air pockets. So I started thinking of options. I decided to take it home and experiment with it a little. Now, I’ve never heard of anyone using their iron on lamination, but it was worth a try. At this point in time, the sign was headed to the trash can so I really had nothing to lose. Well, it worked so today I am going to show you how using this:
|My Classroom Behavior Chart – also an air pockety mess!|
|Look at the HUGE air pockets that go from one side to the other.|
|Air pockets and bubbles everywhere!|
|Wow! After just 1 month the side seal has already separated.|
Yes, my behavior chart is in pretty bad shape and we have only been in school for 4 weeks! It’s time to get this fixed.
Here’s what you will need if you need to iron out your lamination: an iron on high heat, a thin towel or fabric (I used an old t-shirt), and your lamination.
Next, I laid my behavior chart down onto my ironing board.
I thought ahead enough to know that I didn’t want to melt the plastic so I opted to put a towel between the iron and my chart. However, I quickly learned that a regular bath towel was too thick. I grabbed an old t-shirt and it was just perfect! The t-shirt goes right on top on the lamination.
Then it is time to iron. I started my iron in the middle and then worked toward the edges. I applied firm pressure with the iron and moved the iron slowly across the behavior chart. After a couple of passes over an area, I would uncover it to check the status. If any air bubbles or loose lamination remained I went over that area again.
After ironing out the front side, I turned it over and went through the same process on the back. All in all, about 5 minutes is all it took. If you are asking yourself questions like “How slow is slow?” or “What do you mean push the air bubbles out?” then check out this short video to see exactly how I did it.
Now my behavior chart looks as good as new. Look at the difference:
I think what I love most about this discovery that I made is that now I don’t have to compromise when I am making something heavy duty. I can continue to use multiple layers of cardstock for durability and have it laminated too!