Discover How To Easily Make Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps – Satsuma Designs

Discover How To Easily Make Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps

Discover How To Easily Make Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps

PLEASE DO NOT MICROWAVE THE WAX MIXTURE - DOUBLE BOILER ONLY

If you're like me, your stomach knots up when you use single use plastic products. 

This guilt is especially acute when I use single use plastic bags! I'm saying goodbye to the guilt and sharing the news on how to easily make reusable waxed cotton food wraps.

These easy to make kitchen essentials serve so many purposes.

How to easily make reusable waxed cotton food wraps explained here! Follow my step by step video tutorial to make these upcycled food wraps and forget single use plastic bags for good! #sustainable #upcycle #foodstorage #schoollunch #organize #bentolunch

I use them constantly for storing leftover food in glass bowls.

They're perfect for sandwiches and lunch items.

Try different shapes for specialty foods that your family enjoys most!

However you use your waxed cotton food wraps, you can feel great about your decision to limit your family's use of single use plastic.

Follow along below for both a video tutorial and written instructions on how to make your own reusable waxed cotton food wraps.

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Caring for your Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps

These workhorse kitchen tools will see a lot of action in my home.

With a little care and smart storage I keep my reusable waxed cotton food wraps in great condition to use over and over.

Here are some best practices to care for yours.

  • Store dry
  • Store flat
  • Clean with warm, not hot, water and a little earth friendly dish soap
  • Air dry after cleaning
  • Refresh your waxed cotton food wraps by adding a little more wax mixture when the stickiness or tackiness wears down.

To do this repeat the steps you'll find below.

How to easily make reusable waxed cotton food wraps explained here! Follow my step by step video tutorial to make these upcycled food wraps and forget single use plastic bags for good! #sustainable #upcycle #foodstorage #schoollunch #organize #bentolunch

How To Make Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps Video

Follow along in my 10 minute video - fast forward if you like - and learn to make reusable waxed cotton food wraps.

This is a delightful upcycled project that protects food AND Mother Earth!

With just three ingredients you can significantly cut down on single use plastic bag consumption and feel great about your efforts.

Thanks for watching!

 

Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps Materials

These reusable waxed cotton food wraps are so fun and easy to make.

I feel wonderful about ending my reliance on single use plastic bags for school lunches and snacks.

I've listed all the ingredients you'll need. Please note that these links are not affiliate links nor sponsored.

I wanted to try the vegan style wax as opposed to beeswax, but either work wonderfully.

Perhaps you have beeswax in your craft bin from other projects so save some pennies and use that.

The three wax mixture ingredients are not cheap, but this recipe only requires 2 oz. of product so you can make a LOT of waxed food wraps with these materials.

Here's what you need!

  • Kitchen or mailing scale to properly measure out ingredients
  • Small bowl for ingredients
  • 100% woven cotton (not knit) - Organic cotton is best although I used some fun quilting cotton to great result.
  • Carnauba wax ($10) - I used this one
  • Pine rosin ($8) - I used this one
  • Jojoba oil ($10) - I used this one
  • Pinking shears
  • Double boiler - a container that can be heated in another pot with water
  • Paint or wide craft brush to cover the cotton with the wax mixture. You may need to sacrifice a brush for this use alone as the wax dries pretty well throughout brush!
  • Spatula to stir your wax mixture in your double boiler
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Sharpie and glass containers to trace edge if you'd like to make custom sized waxed food wraps. 
How to easily make reusable waxed cotton food wraps explained here! Follow my step by step video tutorial to make these upcycled food wraps and forget single use plastic bags for good! #sustainable #upcycle #foodstorage #schoollunch #organize #bentolunch

How To Make Reusable Waxed Cotton Food Wraps

It will take you just 30 minutes to make these reusable waxed cotton food wraps.

Start by boiling your water in a pot that you'll use for your double boiler.

Next measure out and weigh your three ingreidents using a kitchen scale.

Add your wax ingredients to another vessel and place in your double boiler.

Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees F for additional max melting after you've covered your cotton.

Prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper and layer your cotton on this.

When your wax is melted, use a brush to cover the top layer of cotton and repeat for each piece.

Try to work quickly as the wax hardens FAST!

Now, place your cookie sheet in the oven for a few minutes while the wax melts again.

Take out your cookie sheet an use your brush to adjust your wax layers and redistribute as needed.

That's it!

You're ready to let your waxed cotton food wraps dry on the parchment paper in a single layer.

Place on a laundry drying rack or hang to dry and harden as well.

Thank you for making these waxed food wraps to ditch single use plastic bags!

How to easily make reusable waxed cotton food wraps explained here! Follow my step by step video tutorial to make these upcycled food wraps and forget single use plastic bags for good! #sustainable #upcycle #foodstorage #schoollunch #organize #bentolunch

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