How to make wax paper bags

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How to make wax paper bags
Tissue paper is impregnated and coated with paraffin to make waxed paper. (paper 2 image by amlet from

Waxed paper bags are an inexpensive, disposable option to safely contain and protect food and other items. Waxed paper is biodegradable and is considered to be a more environmentally friendly option than plastic sandwich bags. Creating your own waxed paper bags will allow you to customise their size to meet your needs. You can quickly cut and assemble a waxed paper bag with common household items. Add a handmade touch to a lunch box or picnic basket by making waxed paper bags.

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Things you need

  • Paper bag
  • Razor blade
  • Towel
  • Double-sided tape

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  1. 1

    Pull apart a single paper bag carefully to use as a pattern for the new waxed paper bags. Use the razor blade to separate the adhesive if it does not easily pull apart.

  2. 2

    Cover a hard, stable surface with a towel and centre the flattened pattern bag on the towel.

  3. 3

    Tear off one or two pieces of waxed paper that are long enough to completely cover the pattern bag. Covering with more than two pieces of waxed paper at the same time makes it too difficult to see the pattern bag when cutting.

  4. 4

    Hold the waxed paper firmly onto the pattern bag with one hand as you use the other to cut around the pattern with the razor blade.

  5. 5

    Lift the waxed paper cutout off the pattern and use small pieces of double-sided tape to assemble the base and side seams.

  6. 6

    Use the bag as is or add folds and creases to imitate a more commercial look. Serrated fabric scissors work well to give the top of the waxed paper bag the classic jagged edge.

Tips and warnings

  • Seal waxed paper bags by folding over the open end and wrapping a rubber band around the bag to secure the fold.

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