How to Make Laminated Name Tags

Laminated name tags are great for a variety of uses. They can be used by students who are on a field or in a college classroom on the first day of school. They’re helpful when you have visitors at your workplace or if you’re attending a conference. No matter what you use them for, laminated name tags are helpful and they can be easy to make. Here’s a quick look at how to make your own laminated name tags:


The first thing you need to do is design and print out your name tags. You can design your name tags in a word processing program (Microsoft Word, OpenOffice) or use a fancier graphics program such as Abode InDesign. Depending on your needs, you can either type out people’s names in the program or allow people to use dry-erase markers to fill in their names after the name tags have been laminated. This will allow you to reuse the name tags.


Once you’ve printed out your name tags, it’s time to laminate them. You should do this by using a pouch laminator such as the GBC HeatSeal H100 or the Fellowes EXL 45-3, both of which are specially designed to handle small documents. Before you laminate, you need to choose your laminating pouches. There are pouches that are meant for laminating for small items, so choose one that will cover your name tag. You should pay attention to how thick the pouch is. Pouch thickness is measured in mils (0.001th of an inch) and most pouches are between 3 and 10 mil thick. You should choose a pouch that isn’t too thick for your machine to handle.


Now it’s time to laminate your name tags. Operating a laminator is pretty easy. First of all, turn the machine on and let it warm up for a couple of minutes. When the machine is ready, place your name tag in the laminating pouch and insert it into the machine with the folded side going in first. Your name tag will move through the machine and come out the back. When it emerges, move it off to the side and let it cool off. If you have more name tags to laminate, go ahead and process them.


Since your name tags are now laminated, you need to think about how people are going to wear them. There are a number of options available including badge reels, lanyards, and badge holders. You can also use clips. If you choose to use these supplies, you should make sure you have a slot punch so you can punch clean holes in the name tags. This ensures that the name tags will be usable as well as professional-looking.



Making your own laminated name tags is easy, as you can see. All you need to do is design and print out your name tags, laminate them, and choose how people will wear them. Plus, you’ll be able to make your name tags look great. Start making your own laminated name tags today.


Jeff McRitchie is the Vice-President of Marketing for He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his reviews have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you’re looking for information about pouch laminators, his articles are a great place to start.

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