How to Shrink Wrap Pictures

It is a great idea to shrink-wrap pictures before you ship or present them to loved ones.

Shrink wrapping keeps your pictures secure.Shrink wrapping keeps your pictures secure.
Shrink wrapping protects pictures by tightly sealing them, which prevents scratching, chipping and tearing. Whether your photos are framed or not, you want them to arrive to their recipient undamaged. Shrink wrapping your pictures is a cost-effective method of keeping your photos safe during delivery.

Cut a piece of cellophane that is 2-1/2 times as long as the picture. Fold it in half lengthwise and slip the picture inside. Make sure that the cellophane overlaps the picture's edges.

Set your hairdryer to low heat and evenly blow warm air around the overlapping cellophane edges. Gradually increase the heat until cellophane edges start to seal together and shrink.

Pick up the photo and blow the front and back of it evenly with warm air. Continue blowing air on the picture until the cellophane is tightly sealed around it.

Things You Will Need

  • Cellophane roll
  • Hairdryer
  • Scissors


  • Put an extra shrink-wrap layer around your photo for extra security.

About the Author

Before starting her writing career, Tanya Brown worked as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. She also has a background in nursing, with extensive experience in urology, neurology and neurosurgery clinics. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational psychology.