DIY Reusable Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax wraps

Learn how to make your own beeswax wraps with this handy how to guide

Here is a short video by the fabulous team at 1 Million Women that shows you the most simplified version of making a reusable wax wrap. And, if you want a little more detail we have a 10 minute presentation by local wax wraps workshop facilitator Natasha Odgers from Natural Connections.

Version 1. How to make a simple wrap

Here is a short video by the fabulous team at 1 Million Women that shows you the most simplified version of making a reusable wax wrap. This is how people were taught to make wraps in the workshops facilitated by Natasha Odgers as part of the fabric program.

What you will need:

  • Pieces of 100% cotton (offcuts great, tight weave)

Size guide:

  • small wraps for fruit and snacks: 19x20cm
  • medium wraps for sandwiches or to cover bowls: (28x29cm)
  • large wraps to cover plates: (34x33cm)
  • Beeswax
  • Baking paper
  • An old towel or ironing table
  • Domestic iron (an old one is good if you have it).
  • Scissor to cut fabric (or some use pinking shears)
  • A knife or grater to cut wax if not in small pieces

Variations:

  • Adding jojoba oil or coconut oil
  • Adding resin
  • Melting the beeswax on a tray in the oven for 5 minutes, then placing one side down on melted wax and placing more wax on the dry side and returning to the oven for 5 minutes
  • Using a gum rosin (pine resin)
  • Using vegan alternatives such as candelilla and soy wax

Version 2. How to make a wrap with resin and jojoba oil

  • Here's a detailed recipe from the team at Biome which uses the additional gum rosin and jojoba oil.
  • The tree resin and jojoba oil will make a wrap more like the ones you buy, and also provide additional properties. The tree resin provides natural antibacterial properties, while jojoba oil is a natural fluid plant wax and is anti-fungal.

How to use and look after your wax wraps

  • These reusable beeswax wraps are an excellent alternative to plastic cling wrap and zip lock bags. Wrap up cut up fruit and veggies, sandwiches and rolls, and cover plates and bowls.
  • To store, fold neatly and keep in a cool dry place such as a kitchen drawer.
  • To clean, wipe down after use with a damp cloth and allow to air dry.
  • To wash, use a mild natural detergent in cool water. Pat dry with a clean tea towel and air dry. Avoid warm and hot water as it will melt the wax.
  • Not suitable for the dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Do not heat or microwave.
  • Do not use with raw meat.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight.

For further information about wraps and their uses, check out this wonderful local story by the family behind Bee Eco Wraps.

wax wraps

If you'd prefer to buy wraps that have been made locally, keep your eye out for quality products from local makers Bee Eco Wraps, Misty Lane and Co or others spotted at the Wellness Mill Pantry, made by the local Boomerang Bags group.

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