Waxed Cotton Food Wraps – Pinterest Wins!

March 1, 2016

I found this clipboard idea on Pinterest.  I purchased nine inexpensive clipboards and hung them in my foyer about a year ago!  I can’t tell you how much I adore them.  I hung them right at the bottom of the stairs so the quotes are in constant view.  I change the quotes monthly and my kids always like to read the new ones.  This is an inexpensive way to add inspiration to your home!

waxed cotton food wraps


I have wanted to make cotton beeswax coated food wraps for years.  I just can’t stand plastic wrap for various reasons.  It feels wasteful and it never seems to stick to the container.  These cotton wraps are pretty, easy to make and reusable.  You simply wrap your food in them like a present and hold it there for a second.  The waxed cotton forms to the food and stays that way.  If you pack your lunch you can wrap your food in these wraps and then use the wrap as a placemat.  You can make them in various sizes but I found out that you don’t really want to make them wider than your cookie sheet that you will bake them on.  I made them 10″ x 10″ and 11″ x 11″.   After each use wash them with warm water and mild soap and they are ready to use again.  Choose cotton fabric of your choice.  This is a good scrap buster because you don’t need big pieces.  I had a block of beeswax from Whole Foods that I grated.  You can buy it from Amazon and many other places.  Keep in mind that the grater that you use will be covered in the wax that is very hard to get off.  I learned that the hard way when I grated wax for lotion bars years ago.  That grater is now only used for beeswax!  You only need about .5 once of beeswax for each food wrap.

supplies to make wax coated cotton

Cut the fabric to the desired size with pinking shears. (I used a rotary cutter at first and then used the pinking shears after it was waxed) Heat the oven to 185 degrees.  I used an old cookie sheet and I have not tried to get the wax off yet.  Some tutorials suggested covering the cookie sheet in tin foil so you could give that a try if you like.  Place your fabric on the cookie sheet and sprinkle it with the grated beeswax.

wax on the cotton

Place it in the oven. Mine took about four minutes for the wax to melt.  Watch it carefully because you don’t want to burn it.  When the wax is melted take it out and use a paintbrush to move to wax around to areas that may not be coated well.   I also tried just rubbing the fabric around the pan in the melted wax and that worked well also.  I learned NOT to add more wax to the uncoated areas and bake it again.  It doesn’t work because the melted wax just started to get weird and then the fabric kinda stuck to the wax on the pan.  Just avoid baking it again.  The wax coats both sides of the fabric which I was curious about before I started.  Hang the cloth to dry.  I was worried that it would drip but it didn’t.  If you don’t have a place to hang it just hold it for a few minutes, it dries quickly.  I happened to have a place to clip mine in the dining room so I just clipped them there while I was making the others.

hang the waxed cotton to dry

The wraps are very cool and smell great!  They can be folded and reshaped easily.  I have tested them with a few different foods.  It kept a sandwich fresh for lunch. I wrapped some cheese in it in the refrigerator but the edges dried a little bit.  I will keep testing different foods to see if this is a Pinterest win or not.  They were very easy to make and they are just adorable.  So, if you want to go green for your lunches I say this is a good way to do it!

sandwich in waxed cotton food wrap

lunch wrapped on a waxed cotton food wrap

Be sure to check out the previous edition of Pinterest hacks!

crystal crafty

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  • Reply ~ carmen ~ March 2, 2016 at 1:02 am

    The clipboard idea is actually genius. I have to go out & grab some. I love that you can change the photos anytime you want. :]

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    • Reply fabulousindeed March 2, 2016 at 6:08 am

      I think you will really enjoy them! I love finding new sayings for them every month! Have a great day!

  • Reply Cindy Harris March 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Thank u Crystal for mine. I love them.

  • Reply Laura March 1, 2016 at 8:43 am

    How cute!!! I’m going to try to make some of these food wraps. Thanks!

    • Reply fabulousindeed March 1, 2016 at 8:48 am

      I’m glad that you like them Laura. Let me know if you have questions. They were much easier to make than I had imagined. I wish I would have made them years ago!

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