Making reusable food wraps!

Today part of my homeschooling project was to make more reusable food wraps. These are great because they can replace plastic wrap you put over food as well as ziplock bags!

This is what you will need:

  • cotton material that is thin
  • pinking shears
  • pine resin
  • carnauba wax or beeswax (carnauba wax to make them vegan!)
  • jojoba oil
  • old coffee tin or glass bowl
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • paint brush
  • string and clothes pins
  • wooden stick to stir melted mixture

Here are the amounts we used of each ingredient

  • aprox 0.5 oz of pine resin
  • aprox 1.5 oz of wax
  • aprox 1 tbsp of jojoba oil

Im not sure where the original recipe came from, we made them with friends for the first time a few years back. They are so easy to make, don’t take very long, and the best part is that they are good for the planet. This means less plastic trash ending up in the ocean and inside marine animals stomachs!

To begin buy some material. We bought thin cotton. Wash it, dry it and then decide what shapes and sizes you want your wraps to be. I took a few bowls and containers that we use and traced their shape on the material with chalk. Then I used pinking shears and cut bigger than the size I traced. This is so when you are using them you will have extra material to tuck over the edge of the container and it will stick to the sides.

measuring and cutting the material

After all your material is cut to the size you want, set a pot on the stove with water. Find an old glass or metal tin (we used an old coffee tin) and measure ingredients and put them into the tin to melt. We put the resin in first, and once it is melted then we add the wax and oil.

pine resin
wax
jojoba oil

Once the ingredients are fully melted we turn the oven on to 300 degrees. Then we get a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper on it and place on piece of cut material on it and begin brushing a layer of the melted mixture onto the material.

The melted mix might dry quickly once you spread it onto the material. Thats ok. Just try to do an even layer. You only have to brush the mix onto one side of the material, it sinks through the fabric! The oven will take care of the rest!

Once the mix is spread onto the fabric, you then put it into your oven for 3 minutes. You will see the mix sinking through the fabric. Take it out after about 3 minutes and you can run the brush on the material to smooth and even it out. Flip it over and run the brush over it again, then put it back in the oven for another minute.

wrap in the oven!

Take it out of the oven and you can hang it up to dry. We just ran a piece of string between two chairs and hung the wrap to dry with clothes pins. It drys in about 5 minutes!

finished wrap hanging to dry

Thats it! You’re done! You have made reusable food wraps, which will keep your food fresh, and help save the planet all at the same time!!

finished reusable food wrap!

To clean your wraps you use cold water and some gentle soap. We use Dr.Bronners castile soap on ours. In about 6-12 months you might need to redcoat the wraps if they lose some of their stickyness. We just save the coffee tin and paint brush and reuse them for next time!

I hope you enjoy making these!!

Love, Ella

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