How to make wax wraps

Swap Single Use Plastic for Wax Food Wraps

If you’re trying to reduce single use plastics then a great way to do it is to swap your clingfilm and sandwich bags for wax food wraps.  They are readily available to buy but they are also fairly easy to make and will work out less expensive.

How to make wax Food wraps

There are a few different methods and I will share 2 of my favourites.

Remember to be very careful as melted wax is extremely HOT !

Method 1 - Making Wax Food Wraps with an Iron

You will need:

  • 100% cotton fabric (not too thick)
  • Beeswax or Soy Wax
  • Grater – not required if using wax pellets
  • Baking paper
  • Iron
  • Pinking Shears

Method:

  1. Cut the cotton fabric to the size you want with Pinking Shears, this will help to stop the edges fraying. Place the piece of fabric down flat on a sheet of baking paper, make sure this is on a heat-resistant surface.
  2. Grate a thin, even layer of beeswax or soy wax over the cotton fabric. If you want to use wax pellets instead then sprinkle a thin layer over the cotton fabric.
  3. Cover the beeswax with another piece of baking paper.
  4. Use an iron on a dry, low heat setting to gently melt and spread the wax across your piece of cotton fabric to melt the wax into your fabric.  Don’t use your Iron on a steam setting.
  5. Ensure the piece of cotton fabric it totally covered, including the edges.
  6. Leave the beeswax wrap to cool then peel it off the paper. 
How to make wax wraps

Method 2 - Making Wax Food Wraps with a Paintbrush and Oven

You will need:

  • 100% cotton fabric (not too thick)
  • Beeswax or Soy Wax
  • Baking paper
  • Pinking Shears
  • Saucepan
  • Old bowl or can
  • Paintbrush
  • Baking Tray

Method:

  1. Cut the cotton fabric to the size you want with Pinking Shears, this will help to stop the edges fraying. 
  2. Put a medium sized saucepan of water onto boil, you only need around a depth of 5 cm.
  3. When the water is boiling reduce it to a gentle simmer and place the old can or bowl in the water. Place your wax block or pellets into the bowl or can and stir until melted.
  4. Place a piece of baking paper on a shallow baking tray and put your piece of cotton fabric on the sheet.
  5. Using your paintbrush apply the melted wax to the fabric.  You will need to work quickly as the wax cools it will be hard to apply.
  6. Place the tray into a pre-heated oven for 2 to 3 minutes to fully infuse it.
  7. Remove the wrap and hang it on an clothes airer to dry, being careful.
how to make wax wraps

The two methods above have just used Wax but if you want to make your wraps a little bit stickier and more pliable it’s a good idea to add in some Pine Resin and Jojoba Oil.  The easiest way to do that is to buy a pre-blended wax bar.

I hope you have fun making your wraps and I’d love to see your finished results – tag me on Insta @thoroughlymoderngrandma to show me 🙂

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4 thoughts on “How to Make Wax Food Wraps”

  1. To be honest I’ve never even thought to try to make them not knowing how. That’s a really good idea and a great way to reduce single-use plastic.

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