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DIY Homemade Beeswax Wraps (Reusable Food Wraps)

Want to reduce plastic waste in your kitchen? Come learn how to make homemade beeswax wraps to store food instead! They're reusable, non-toxic, biodegradable, and really easy to make.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Keyword: DIY beeswax wraps, homemade beeswax wraps, reusable food wraps

Equipment

  • Fabric (100% cotton, linen or hemp)
  • Scissors or pinking shears
  • Beeswax pastilles (pellets) or shaved block beeswax
  • Something to hang the wraps up to dry - such as a clothes hanger or twine and clothespins
  • Parchment paper or tin foil
  • Paint brush. (Optional, but is helpful to spread the wax evenly across the fabric after it melts. Note the brush will get covered in wax and may not be suitable for certain future projects.)
  • Baking sheet(s) and oven

Instructions

  • Cut the fabric into desired shapes and sizes of your choice. (See common size suggestions in the notes below).
  • Preheat oven to lowest setting (150-220F).
  • Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or tin foil, and lay fabric on top.
  • Sprinkle a modest amount of beeswax pastilles over the surface of the fabric. See photos above for example.
  • Place in oven until wax fully melts and soaks into fabric, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and use a brush to spread the melted wax evenly across the fabric (working from center outwards). Work quickly before wax begins to harden.
  • Immediately hang to dry while still wet and pliable. If needed, place back in the oven to re-melt and then hang.
  • Allow to fully dry, and then they're ready!
  • Use your homemade beeswax wraps to cover bowls, food containers, or directly around food. Do not use in contact with raw meat.
  • Wash beeswax wraps with cold to lukewarm water and mild soap. Air dry before folding and storing.

Notes


Alternative Recipe Option:
Combine 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles, 2 tablespoons of pine resin, and 1 tablespoon of organic jojoba oil in a double-boiler on the stovetop. Heat until melted and fully combined. Use a brush to apply an even coat of the mixture across the surface of the fabric. Hang immediately while still wet.

Suggested best sizes for beeswax wraps:
  • Small, 7x7” or 8x8” : ideal for covering small items like the top of a mason jar, half an apple or avocado, or the cut end of a cucumber 
  • Medium, 10 or 11” square: cover an average bowl, block of cheese, half a sandwich, or other small to medium vegetables like a partial head of cabbage
  • Large, 13 or 14” square: cover a full sandwich, half a modest watermelon, small baking dish or average pie pan, or a medium mixing bowl - such as a bowl or basket of proofing sourdough!
  • Extra large, 16” or greater: create an extra large homemade beeswax wrap to cover large bowls and baking dishes, whole or partial loaves of bread, and more.