Saturday, August 30

Banish Lamination Glare! Quickly and Easily!

Does the glare from lamination drive you and your students crazy? It makes it so hard to see the item that was important enough to be laminated, which means the resource is less effective. Drives me nuts!

The first thing I do, is actually laminate fewer items....which saves resources, time and planet earth!

For what I do choose to laminate, though, I want exactly zero glare.

I'm just not much of a DIYer.

I see ideas on Pinterest and pin the bejeezers out of them.

My mom and stepdad are inCREDible DIYers.

I'm a WANNAbe DIYer.

Ya know those Pinterest fails?

That's me.

EXCEPT with this!

It was QUICK!

It was EASY!

And I didn't even get the idea from Pinterest! I saw this in the store and thought, waaaaait, is there a clear version? Saw it, bought it, tried it, LOVE IT!

Other people in the world have probably thought of this idea and done it, as well...but I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty proud of myself, hehehehe. Affiliate links included in this post.

(Gorgeous alphabet is from the impeccable Jen Jones at Hello Literacy)

All I did was lay out the laminated pieces on a whopper piece of cardboard from my school's receiving room. I set up just outside to avoid too much odor. It took about two minutes to spray the first coat onto the already laminated cards. Then I waited a few minutes (five mn max) and spent another two minutes to spray the second coat. Then I waited a few more minutes and carried it back to my classroom.

The directions say that it dries to the touch in five minutes and it will be fully dry in 24 hours. It dried to the touch really quickly.

I started hanging it up...and loved the results so much that I had to share!

Product Deets...
I used Rustoleum Matte Finish spray and it did have a bit of an odor, most noticed (but still not terrible) when I sprayed it inside my classroom...So for future projects I tracked down a Low Odor version from Krylon. The low odor is a couple dollars more than the regular version. If you buy a different brand, make sure you look for it to say "flat" or "matte" finish. You DEFINITELY do NOT want GLOSS!

By the you read this, I'm guessing you've sorta maybe thought that technically this is not really a DIY project. Thank you for not telling me that all I really did was spray laminate with a special finish to banish the glare. Which doesn't really constitute a DIY. You guys are the best!



  1. Ok, so genius! I will definitely be doing this next week! Thanks for sharing your "DIY" project, which I TOTALLY think counts as one! ;)

    Mrs. MeGown's 2nd Grade Safari

  2. I figure if I pin it, then actually do it, that definitely counts as DIY. Thanks for sharing the great idea you did yourself!

  3. Wow! Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to be spraying lots of charts. Do you know if it works on the Elmo glare? If I put anything under the Elmo with lamination it glares terribly. I can't wait to try it

    1. Ooooh - good question on the Elmo! I don't have one so I don't know....I'm hoping it helps big time!!!

  4. great idea!!! i can't wait to try it out!

  5. Fantastic tip- Thanks! Can't wait to give it a try!


  6. You rock Lisa! Katie and I made all this great stuff for my room this year and the glare makes it where my students (and me too) have to move around just to catch them at the right angle so you can read them! Enough! I'm getting some of this today! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I am loving your DIY !!!! I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing this great tip!!!

  8. Sorry if this is a daft question- Did you spray the pieces you had laminated? Or do you spray the paper/card?


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