how to make vegan wax food wraps for your zero waste kitchen

How To Make Vegan Reusable Food Wraps With Soy Wax And Scrap Fabric

Make these gorgeous reusable wax wraps!


A few months ago I saw a reusable wax wrap tutorial on Facebook. If you haven’t heard of them, wax wraps are a reusable replacement for cling film or foil. You wrap the food and use the warmth of your hands to seal the wrap. The trouble is, most of them use beeswax – no good for someone trying to adopt a vegan lifestyle!


a sandwich on top on a handmade vegan wax wrap


So I asked on my Facebook page if anybody knew of a suitable vegan alternative to the beeswax, and Debbie from My Chaotically Eclectic Life confirmed that soy wax should be as good as beeswax. Remember my massive laundry basket full of old clothes I’m too sentimental to get rid of I mentioned in my reusable facial cleansing pad tutorial? Well, most of the clothes are still there, begging to be put to good use.


One of the things I’m looking forward to most with these bad boys is being able to wrap an apple and have it not go brown. Is that sad? Shane recently took a liking to apples after a four year stretch of refusing fruit (aside from cleverly hidden fruit like this superfood smoothie ice lolly) and I’d love to be able to send him into school with half an apple for a snack.


Vegan wax wraps in several different patterns


How To Make Vegan Wax Food Wraps


What you need: a few tbsp soy wax, pinking shears, an iron, an ironing board, greaseproof paper, scrap fabric (100% cotton).


Cut your shapes. I didn’t do any measuring – I just chose the fabric I wanted and went with the shape of the fabric, cutting out any cuffs and seams. I ended up with some small wraps, some medium ones and one or two large ones. I am not a natural crafter so I wanted to make it as easy as possible!


A piece of fabric with a monster pattern on some brown greaseproof paper with soya wax flakes sprinkled all over it. Making vegan wax wraps for food.



Set up your waxing station. Put the iron on a low heat (silk heat did the trick for me) and get two long pieces of greaseproof paper which are roughly the same length. Place one of the pieces of paper shiny side up on the ironing board and place the shapes on top.


Sprinkle the wax over the shapes. Cover with the other bit of greaseproof paper (shiny side down) and iron until the wax has melted into the fabric. Hang to dry. There you have it! Reusable, vegan wax food wraps. These would make a great Christmas or birthday present!


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How to make vegan wax food wraps for your zero waste kitchen

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