Handmade Waxed Paper
What you will make:
Make your own custom waxed papers! Learn the technique of waxing paper, and
in no time you'll be making
waxed papers in any colors or designs you like. Waxing paper not only
makes the paper water- and oil-resistant, but also adds a degree of
translucence, darkens the paper, and changes its feel.
After you wax the paper, it will be thicker, stronger,
absorbent. You can use waxed paper in place of vellum in many
crafts. It can be used to make bags, paper flowers, delightful charms
for gift wrapping, windows clings and stained glass effects. Its
translucent nature makes it a natural for luminaries!
Waxing paper is for adults or teens only!! Caution: Hot
wax and hot iron can burn.
Here's what you need:
- Papers to wax: computer paper, origami paper, craft paper
(printed or plain)
- Parchment paper
- Wax: pieces of white candle or tea lights
- Plastic sandwich bag
- Hammer, mallet or large spoon
- Iron and ironing board
- Old towel
- Paper towels or plain white paper
- Optional: Paraffin wax, wax chips or melts,
paring knife, temporary or repositionable glue
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Waxed Paper
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Prepare Paper and Wax
Select papers to wax. Thin papers work best: computer paper,
origami paper, or scrapbooking/craft paper. Plain or patterned paper
can be used. Apply wax to papers that have been printed on an inkjet or
laser printer, and the possibilities for designs are endless! It is
particularly fun to upcycle scraps of paper left over from other
craft projects by giving them the wax treatment! Or try Aunt Annie's
Paper Charms and
Gift Tags or an
For waxing paper you will need small bits of easy melting wax.
White candles or tea lights are perfect. It only takes a small
amount of wax to get started—a stub of a candle or two tea
lights. Place the wax in a plastic sandwich bag and seal it
closed. Use a hammer or mallet to break the wax into small bits. The
wax crumbles easily and only requires a few hits. Open the bag and
discard the wicks. Tip: Paraffin wax can be used in
place of candle wax and is preferable for food use. Paraffin wax doesn't
crumble easily, so use a paring knife to shave small curls of
paraffin wax onto the parchment paper. (Find paraffin wax in a
grocery or craft store.)
Cut a sheet of parchment paper three to four times the size of the paper
you are waxing. Fold the parchment paper in half. Tip:
Your paper needs to fit inside the folded parchment with plenty of
room to spare.
- Step 2: Melt Wax
Set your iron to the low setting with no steam. Layout the old
towel on top of your ironing board and place the opened parchment paper on
top of the towel. Sprinkle a small amount of wax crumbles on the
right side of the parchment paper.
Fold the parchment paper and run the iron over the back of
the parchment to melt the wax. It will only take seconds to melt the
Tip: The wax will spread quickly and can easily
run out of the parchment paper. This is why you need a large sheet
of parchment and an old towel!
Open the parchment to see if the wax is melted in an area
large enough for your paper size. If not, add more wax crumbles
and iron again.
- Step 3: Apply Wax to Paper
Place your paper on the melted wax. Fold the parchment
paper over the paper and iron for a few seconds. If needed, use the
side of the iron to push wax toward the paper.
Open the parchment and check the waxed paper for
even and complete waxing. If more wax is needed, add a few crumbles
of wax and iron again.
- Step 4: Complete Waxing
Place the waxed paper between two sheets of white paper or paper
towels. Iron to remove any excess wax or wax clumps. Feel the paper's
surface to see if it is smooth. If not, iron it more to remove
See the sidebar for ideas on using
your waxed paper.
That's it! Your paper is waxed!
Charms punched from waxed paper
are unique embellishments!
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