When it comes to crafting with your kids, there are a number of fun and inexpensive projects that can be created using your pouch laminator. Below are four DIY projects for children that utilize your pouch laminating machine:
- Suncatchers - Making bright and colorful suncatchers to hang in your windows is easy when you use your pouch laminator! Allow your kids to cut or tear pieces of tissue paper and lay them out in an open laminating pouch. Once they are satisfied with the pattern, flip the top layer of the pouch down over the tissue paper pieces and carefully transfer the pouch to your laminator. Run the laminating sheet through your laminator using the appropriate settings, allowing it to cool briefly on a flat surface to prevent curling. Once your pouch has cooled, trim it as desired and punch a small hole at the top. Thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through the hole and tie it to create a loop. You can then hang your child's one-of-a-kind suncatcher from a suction hook (or simply tape it onto the window without using the ribbon).
- Bookmarks - DIY bookmarks are an affordable and fun craft project for children that are learning to read. Allow your child to design their own bookmark using photographs, words and images from magazines, orginal drawings, patterned paper, or any other flat, paper-based elements they choose. Once they have arranged the pieces within the bookmark laminating pouch, carefully run it through your pouch laminator to seal it. For added flair, you can punch a hole at the top of the bookmark to add a small piece of ribbon or decorative yarn. Laminated bookmarks also make great handmade gifts for your child to share with their friends.
- Dry-Erase Boards - Using ordinary copy paper, letter-sized laminating pouches, and a pouch laminating machine, your children can make their own original dry-erase boards! You can create regular white boards by laminating blank copy paper, or you can allow your children to add their own decorative borders by drawing or collaging onto the paper before laminating. They can also make their own reusable coloring pages by drawing in pen or marker onto a blank sheet. Note: These DIY dry-erase boards can be used with most dry-erase markers and wiped clean with a soft cloth or tissue, however dark colors tend to leave stains over time.
- Paper Dolls - If you have a pouch laminator and thermal laminating pouches, then you can make your own one-of-a-kind paper dolls that will last for years. Artistically-inclined parents can design their own dolls and outfits, while those who would prefer to use ready-made designs can find free templates online. You can draw your clothing designs directly onto patterned paper to create unique pieces, or you can run the patterned sheets through your printer if you are using a printable template. Carefully cut the doll(s) and clothing out, then arrange them within a laminating pouch, leaving space between each item so that you can create a border of film when you trim them. Feed the pouch through your laminator to seal it, allowing it to cool on a flat surface. Cut out each doll and wardrobe item, leaving a border of approximately 1/8" around each piece. Apply a small piece of self-adhesive Velcro to the back side of every piece of clothing and affix two pieces of the opposite side of the Velcro to each doll (one for the upper half of the body and one for the lower half). This will allow your child to stick and remove the clothing from their doll as they play. As a fun addition to this project, consider using photographs of family members as the heads of the dolls to make them more personalized.