DIY Beeswax Wraps

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Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. This post contains affiliate links.

 

Hey everyone! I am so excited to share this DIY. Not only is it a big money saver, but it’s environmentally friendly. Yay! Today we will be making Beeswax Wraps. If you’ve seen these wraps around, then you know that they are awesome! I first saw them a while back, most likely on Pinterest, but a friend of mine brought them up in conversation recently and we were so excited about them we decided to make our own. We did some research online and the friendly staff at MANOA HONEY gave us some tips as well!

Manoa Honey is a local beekeeping company that is family owned and operated here on Oahu. They have a variety of honey and specialty hive products. You can visit their website by clicking here.

Fun Fact: Every apiary (beehive) has unique flora that creates special and distinguished honey products!

So, for those of you who are wondering, “What the heck is a beeswax wrap?” I’ll explain.

Beeswax wraps are a natural alternative to plastic wrap for storing your food. I use lots of plastic bags to keep my veggies fresh throughout the week which means a lot of plastic is being used and then thrown out every week. With these reusable beeswax wraps I’m no longer wasting plastic and my veggies are still kept fresh!

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Here are 5 ways you can use beeswax wraps:

  1. Wrap your fruits and vegetables
  2. Fold into a convenient sandwich pouch. (Click here for a tutorial)
  3. Wrap small personal items for traveling.
  4. Lid for a glass, bowl, or pitcher
  5. Wrap a bouquet of flowers

So now that you’re sold on these wraps, let’s get started! 😉

MATERIALS:

1 LB of beeswax

Cotton fabric

Paint brush (one time use)

Oven

Foil

Scissors

Double boiler

Side note: We used approximately 2/3 of the beeswax to make our wraps and we made quite a few, so if you have less than a pound of wax, you should be fine!

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DIRECTIONS:

Start by removing the racks from the oven and wrap the racks in foil for later use.

Then preheat oven to 145°F

We started off by attempting to cut the beeswax into smaller pieces but we soon found out that beeswax is actually pretty hard to cut through, so we ended up just placing the beeswax into the double boiler and letting it melt on low heat.  Once the wax starts to melt the smell is amazing. The house smelled like sweet honey!

 

 

*Make sure you keep it on low heat so that you don’t burn the beeswax. Beeswax’ melting point is about 144-180 °F

As the wax is melting you can start cutting your fabric to the sizes you’d like.

Here are the approximate sizes I made (This does not include the ones made by my friend)

3  – 12″ x 16″                  4 – 16″ x 16″

1 – 7″ x 16″                     – 18″ x 27″

Once the fabric is cut to size, place it onto the foil covered rack (outside of the oven). Be sure not to overlap your fabrics.

Now that your fabric is laid out, dip your paint brush into the melted wax and “paint” it onto your fabric. Try to make the layers as even as you can.

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Once you have your fabrics painted place the first rack into the oven for about 10 minutes. This will help to even out the layers. After the fabric has been in for about 8 minutes, brush the fabric again to help disperse the wax evenly. Then let fabric sit in for the additional 2 minutes.

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Helpful Tip: Coat your fabric one rack at a time, so that while one is in the oven, you can work on the other.

*Set up a mini drying station for your wraps to cool down. You may let them cool on the racks, however, they may dry with uneven layers as the excess wax “puddles” in some areas.

Remove rack from oven. Take fabric and hang to dry. We used a chair backing with a paper bag on top, but you can also use/make a clothes line.

Once your wrap is dry, it is ready to use! Enjoy your reusable and environmentally friendly beeswax wrap!

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Caring for your wraps:

These wraps are reusable and can be gently washed with cold water and mild soap. Hang to dry.

Use just as you would use plastic wrap. DO NOT USE TO STORE RAW MEATS.

Wraps usually last a couple months. You can do this process over again once you notice your wrap is not holding well.

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