How to Laminate a Newspaper

By Kasandra Rose ; Updated April 12, 2017
Preserving newspaper clippings is one way to keep the event

If a newspaper story or picture has historical importance or is about a personal accomplishment, laminating it will help preserve the clipping for years and protect it from dust, humidity and water damage. However, lamination will negate any collectible value the newspaper may have. By laminating the newsprint, you will seal it away from examination for authenticity. Still, to many, a laminated news clipping holds much more personal and sentimental value than any potential monetary gain.

Cut the newspaper clipping out with scissors, leaving wide margins on all sides.

Place the clipping on the glass surface. Lay the straight edge on top of the clipping and line it up where you want the final cut. Run the razor knife along the straight edge using the straight edge as a guide. Trim all the way around your clipping.

Cut two pieces of pressure sensitive laminating sheet larger than your clipping.

Peel back the protective coating from the edge of the pressure-sensitive laminating sheet and stick the sheet to the edge of the glass.

Align the clipping under the laminating sheet and slowly press the sheet down over the clipping. Rub the laminate against the clipping using a rag to eliminate air bubbles.

Peel the laminate off the glass carefully and flip the photo over. Repeat the process with the second sheet of laminate. Before beginning, make sure that there will be overlap between the two plastic sheets with the newspaper clipping sandwiched between.

Trim the clipping using the straight edge and razor knife. To ensure the clipping is sealed, leave at least 1/8-inch of laminate all around the edge of the newspaper clipping.

Things Needed

  • 1/4-inch thick glass sheet
  • Scissors
  • Razor knife
  • Straight edge
  • Pressure sensitive laminating sheets
  • Rag

Tip

Spray the newspaper with acid neutralizer prior to laminating it to reduce yellowing.

About the Author

Writing fanzine-based articles since 1985, Kasandra Rose writes and edits articles for political and health blogs and TrueBloodNet.com and has an extensive technical writing background. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in biology from Wayne State University.