Beeswax wraps DIY

Food storage wraps that replace plastic containers or foil to help you wrap your snacks or just replace lost lids.

They are all-natural, very easy to make and very durable.

The fabric has to be 100% cotton but I would not suggest using shirts and bedsheets as it has to be a very thin fabric that will absorb the wax well and stay nice and flexible.

The best thing to do is go to a tailor or craft shop and get some 100% cotton pieces from there or online. I found some in the local Aldi which were quite nice as there was no plastic packaging involved. If you don’t have time to go shopping, online is always a good place to turn to and Amazon is a good place to start looking for some nice patterns.

Kit List:

  • Few 100% thin cotton cloths of the desired size ( if you want it fully eco-friendly consider cloths with natural dies for composting purposes)
  • Organic beeswax bar or beeswax pellets
  • Pine resin crushed into powder
  • Jojoba oil
  • Food grater if you buy beeswax chunks and not pellets (better not to use the same one as you use for food. I bough cheap one for this purpose specifically)
  • 2 large pieces of parchment paper
  • Iron
  • Old towel you don’t care to get the wax on
  • Pinking shears
  • Somewhere to dry wraps on

2:1 Ratio- rough guidance

15 x 15 cm cloth

  • Beeswax 2 tsp
  • Pine Resin 1 tsp
  • Jojoba oil 5 drops

28 x 28 cm cloth

  • Beeswax 1 tbsp
  • Pine Resin 1/2 tbsp
  • Jojoba oil 10 drops

35 cm diameter circle cloth

  • Beeswax 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Pine Resin 3/4 tbsp
  • Jojoba oil 1 tsp

Step by step guide

I used the ironing method as it is super easy and quick. Living on my own I just don’t have pans etc that I would be happy to melt beeswax and pine resin in.

  1. Measure out your ingredients to desired clothes size. I have roughly used the 2 in 1 ratio to make these wraps.
  2. Using pinking shears cut the cloth to the desired size. This will reduce the risk of fabric fraying on the edges.
  3. Place a towel on a flat surface and then parchment paper on top. Make sure the parchment paper is long enough to fold over.
  4. Place the cloth on one side of the parchment paper. Sprinkle all your needed ingredients on top of the cloth evenly and place the second parchment paper layer securely on top. I have used another thin cloth on top of the top layer or parchment paper before using the iron to prevent direct contact between the paper and the iron.
  5. Iron until all wax has melted and soaked into the cloth. Lift the cloth from in between the paper and gently wave it until dry and put aside to cool.

These wraps are super easy and fun to make. I really do recommend to try and do it at home. If that’s too much effort or you don’t have the right equipment, you can buy them in zero waste shops and quite a few health foods stores now, normally in bigger town and cities. You can also have a look online and compare the prices. Personally, the best way is just making your own. They look lovely and can make a super cute present.

I have read that these should last 6 months to 1 year, and after they start to go to soft and are not fit for purpose, you can either recycle them, put in compost or reapply ingredients same as before and start using them again.

Tips

Pine resin and the Jojoba oil make the wraps very sticky and soft, leaving very annoying residue on fingers. I would suggest using a bit less, but this means the wraps are not as sticky and easy to close.

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