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Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society is based in Powell River, BC Canada. (
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We put together a quick and easy tutorial for you, to help reduce the amount of plastic we use. Kids (8 yrs +) will love this! 
Wax Wrap can have many applications, and is food-safe! Wrap your sandwich in it or make a cone design and use it to replace plastic film produce bags. Use it as a bike seat cover or make clothes out of it. Art? Why not! Come up with your own designs.
Wax Wrap is water-resistant and can be used hundreds of times.

To make one Wax Wrap that is roughly 18" x 18"
You will need:
1- a piece of clean (preferably new), tightly woven (200+ thread count), light-colored 100% cotton fabric.
2- aluminum foil (2 sheets each about  2' x 2'
3- newspaper
4- a clothes iron
5- a handful of grated, 100% natural beeswax
6- a cheese grater or potato peeler

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Step 1: Let's Start!

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Lay down some newspaper (to protect your table), and cover that with a sheet of aluminum foil. Lay your sheet of parchment paper on top of the aluminum foil, then on top of it all, lay down your cloth flat.

Step 2: Protect your iron!

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Once the wax melts, it can make a mess. So, use that second piece of aluminum foil to wrap around your iron. Keep your iron setting pretty low-- remember, beeswax is flammable! Use a thicker aluminum foil especially for this step.

Step 3: Grate some wax onto the fabric

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Use a vegetable/potato peeler or use the 'mozzarella' side of a cheese grater to grate some beeswax onto your fabric-- a small handful should be enough. It's better to have too little and add more later, than too much.
worldzend5 years ago
I love this idea! I suppose that circles of fabric with an elastic edging would make good bowl covers, too. 
kelseymh5 years ago
Thank you for including both actual text as well as the cartoons!  That makes the I'ble much more accessible.  Very interesting concept!  I'm surprised the cool wax doesn't crack from folding and unfolding.
spezz (author)  kelseymh5 years ago

Thanks! The wax is absorbed into the cloth (I even used linen and silk-- very different effect!) and remains flexible. The trick is not to over-saturate with beeswax. No cracking.