I have just made the novel discovery that an ordinary iron can be used to laminate. FABULOUS. Every so often I have something I love to have laminated but I don't really want to wait to get it done (my lovely mom graciously laminates for me every once in awhile). I hate putting time into making some for Hannah and Ethan and then watch as Ethan rips it out of Hannah's hands just in time to see it destroyed. I have been eyeing a little laminator, but I wondered to myself if there was another way to do it. So I googled it, and low and behold you can use a iron on the laminated pouches easily. I bought a pack of the 8.5 x 11 pouches and gave it a try. Common consensus suggests putting your iron on the cotton setting without steam. Place your filled pouch in a file folder (or something similar) and iron. The first time I did it, I wasn't sure if you should keep the iron moving or hold it still. I found that holding it down firmly for a few seconds worked best before moving it to another spot. I checked to make sure I didn't miss any spots and I touched up as needed. I was worried about ruining my table to I did everything on top of a cork place mat. I don't know if it would have made any difference but that is how I did it. The rainbow I posted yesterday was my first job.