I’m a greeny at heart, and like to do as much as I can to keep unnecessary waste out of landfill as possible. I also know that sometimes it can be more time consuming to do the ecologically friendly thing. But I’m not expecting you to change everything in your home and go completely zero waste. It’s not a choice for everyone, just any little changes you make have have a huge impact later on. Today though, I’m happy to share that these little wraps will save you money, and you’ll also be helping minimize the amount of plastic you throw away on a daily basis. Clingwrap!!! Such a essential kitchen product that most of us use daily. (Kids leftovers and snacks…need I say more?!) I tried to keep clingwrap use to a minimum by using containers to store leftovers, but when I was out and about with my two little ones, containers were just too bulky to carry around. Then, I found this wonderful gem that is the beeswax wrap! Inexpensive, simple to make, and oh so pretty!
I have experimented with different ways of making beeswax wraps, and using the iron is by far the least messy. You may have seen various beeswax DIY methods, one being using an oven and a paintbrush? I personally didn’t like using the oven method. The cleaning aftermath was a nightmare. Plus using an oven in Queensland in the middle of the day isn’t much fun…great detox though I suppose! I will admit that the wax melts more evenly in the oven, but it’s definitely a longer, messier, hotter process.
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What You'll Need:
Fabric – you’ll need a non-stretch, tight weave fabric like quilting cotton. I bought mine from Spotlight. You can also buy online here.
I choose to use quilting cotton fabrics. Not only have they got a tight weave, but a great range of patterns! Loose weave fabrics like muslin cloth won’t stand up durably to repeated use.
200g will cover at least 1 sq metre of material. You can buy it in yellow or white, and also block form if you prefer. You just need to grate it. I choose to use the white pellets. I just find pellets less messy, and the white doesn’t taint the colour of the fabric. There’s no real difference between the colours other than one has been naturally bleached.
Almond or Jojoba Oil (optional). I found the almond oil at a good price online on ebay. Find almond oil here, and jojoba oil here.
Adding one of these oils is purely optional, they just help increase the flexibility of the wrap after cooling. (If you have a small spray bottle, I’d suggest using that to disperse the oil into finer droplets.)
These crimping scissors prevent the edges of the wrap from fraying. The beeswax will generally stop this anyway, but I find it gives the wraps a neater finish.
Turn your iron on. Use cotton heat setting and turn off any steam function.
Cut your material to your desired size. I have multiple sizes for various purposes. For this example I’m creating a large wrap to cover salad bowls. Once you have your wrap cut to the size you want, use the pinking shears (if you choose) to crimp the edges.
3. Cut 2 pieces of baking paper. Make sure they are larger than the width of your wrap.
4. Place one piece of baking paper on an ironing board or similar heat proof surface. Place your fabric over the top.
5. Sprinkle beeswax pellets evenly over the fabric. Add a few small drops of oil sparingly.
6. Place the second piece of baking paper over the fabric, beeswax, and oil. Iron over the top until the beeswax melts.
7. Repeat covering the fabric with beeswax and oil, and ironing until the entire piece is covered. Hang on a clothes horse to dry.
That’s it! The wraps don’t take long to dry. Once they are, you can fold them and store them.
To clean, just rinse in lukewarm water with a tiny drop of mild dishwashing liquid.
The beeswax will begin to disintegrate from 3-12 months, depending on the frequency of use, but just place the wrap back under the iron (between the baking paper) to restore. Add some more beeswax and oil if necessary.