Beeswax food wraps are an environmentally friendly product everyone seems to love. I bought some for the first time a few months ago and I use them all the time. Since they are a little pricey, I decided to make them myself with this DIY Beeswax Food Wrap “recipe”. The holidays and all its goodies and leftovers are just around the corner so what better time to make this eco-friendly DIY Beeswax Food Wrap.
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- 100 % Cotton Fabric
- Cosmetic grade beeswax (pellets or bar style)
- Paint/craft brush
- Parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
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- Cut material to preferred size. I used precut 10” x 10” cotton squares that I bought from Joann Fabrics. This particular size fits a variety of bowls and containers.
- If you are using bar-style beeswax, grate it with a cheese grater or peel it into strands with a vegetable peeler and then chop the strands into tiny pieces. I bought the bar-style from Amazon.
- Preheat oven to 200°.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place fabric on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle beeswax pieces liberally onto fabric. I used ¼ cup per 10” x 10” piece.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes or until beeswax melts onto fabric.
- Remove the cookie sheet from the oven.
- Immediately after removing the use of a paint/craft brush to spread beeswax uniformly over the fabric.
- Remove wrap from pan and hang from a clothes hanger with clothespins or clips.
- Let harden/dry. They don’t take long to dry and will be ready to use within a couple of hours.
Caring for your DIY Beeswax Food Wrap:
- Do not use in microwave or oven. Avoid hot water.
- Wash wraps in cool water with mild dish soap. Hang to dry on a drying rack.
This DIY Beeswax Food Wrap works well on covering bowls and containers of food in the refrigerator or in cupboards. It can also be folded up and around the food itself. I often use them to wrap up a half a lemon or apple or sandwich. They’re not completely airtight so they’re not the best food storage solution for highly perishable foods like raw meats.
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A DIY Beeswax Food Wrap is so simple and quick to make, you may want to make extra to give away as gifts this holiday season!
Do you use beeswax wraps? Do you like them? Have any tips on making or using them?
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Lisa is a mother of three lovely young women and is a new grandmother to a baby boy! She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty years. Lisa is originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1984. Running a small business for over 25 years and raising a family has made for a busy, busy life with many ups and downs; it’s definitely been an adventure.
Lisa’s always involved in one project or another whether it’s work related or serving her community. She also recently went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Lisa tries to make every day a good day—that means learning something new, practicing kindness, and enjoying the present moment.