Two Ways to Cold Laminate

2:30 PM Mayen Acebron 6 Comments

I like using flash cards to introduce new things to my 13 months son. I like to display a flash card on his shelf as a point of interest to him in our Montessori space.  As expected my son will definitely notice them, hold them, crumple them if he can and taste them of course. So I need to make sure that our flash cards will not tear apart easily.

I've been contemplating whether to buy a laminating machine or stick to my first cold laminating solution. Eventually, I decided to look around for affordable laminating machine until I landed to another cold laminate product that has the quality of warm laminate. It sounds promising so I gave it a try.

Today I will share with you two items that you can use to cold laminate almost any type of paper. One way to cold laminate is by using a self-adhesive decorative vinyl. This vinyl is normally used as a decorative plastic sticker for glass window or shower glass. I bought mine at ACE Hardware for about Php 100 plus.

This is actually what I use to cover my books and it works perfectly well. I always have it at home because I used to buy a lot of books. So when I started using flash cards I tried to use it to laminate them. It does the job of protecting the flash cards from tearing but it has a matte finish which makes the photo somewhat unclear but still looks okay. 

Another way to laminate any type of paper or flash cards is by using Penrote Cold Laminating Film. I much prefer to use this one to laminate our flash cards because it's clear, hard and has a glossy finish. It really has the quality of soft warm laminate. It also doesn't cost that much. 

It took me two flash cards to perfect my cold laminating skills. It's a little tricky at first but I get the hang of it eventually. 

Both products can be used similarly. Both are adhesives, so they will stick to the front and back of the flash cards. No need to apply heat.

Overall, I really like the Penrote Cold Laminating Film better than the self-adhesive decorative vinyl.

The best thing about this two options is that you don't need to spend money on laminating machine which costs 1,500 up to 8,000 at least that's what I saw when I was looking up for it. Besides, I read that some moms who also use flash cards that they tend to get lazy hooking up their laminating machine in the long run. As a result, their laminating machine just accumulates dust. I don't want that to happen to us because that's going to be a waste of money and that's something we cannot afford right now. So cold lamination seems a good way to go for now.

What do you think of these cold laminating solutions?

Thanks for being here. 


  1. That Penrote sounds really cool I would really love to try that

  2. This is something I know I'll eventually have to experience sooner or later. haha. When I was a kid, I love covering my books but I get lazy right away. So I'm sure it's going to be challenging. haha. I love to try both of these in the future.

  3. This is the first time I heard of cold lamination. But I like the idea because sometimes the kids need to laminate something as part of their school requirements. If I could do it at home so much better. Thanks for sharing.

    1. No problem. It's very useful and cost efficient. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

  4. Oh just in time. We need to laminate of instruments' work instructions. I will look for Penrote Cold Laminating Film. Sana meron sa NBS. Thanks for sharing. Really helpful.

  5. I never tried this before but this is so cool. I think my kids would love to do this too. Thank you for sharing Sis,:)


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