I like to do as much as I can to keep unnecessary waste out of landfill as possible. These nifty beeswax food wraps are perfect for that! Tailor made for you and your kitchen and use, you can make these whatever size and pattern you want to suit your needs. 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 beeswax food 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 food wrap! Inexpensive, simple to make, and oh so pretty!
I have experimented with different ways of making beeswax food wraps, and using the iron (I find) is by far the least messy. You may have seen various DIY beeswax food wrap 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 beeswax melts more evenly in the oven, but it’s definitely a longer, messier, hotter process.
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Quantity of Ingredients for Beeswax Food Wraps
With the amount of beeswax, resin and oil you need should be in a ratio of 4:2:1 so if you’re using 100g of beeswax, you need 50g of resin, and 25g of oil.
I used this amount and covered 4 30cmx30cm squares and 2 20cmx20cm squares.
If you make too much, just store in a cool place for touch ups to your beeswax food wrap later!
What You'll Need For Your Beeswax Food Wrap
Fabric – you’ll need a non-stretch, light-medium weight, 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.
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.
Pine Resin – powdered resin allows wrap to stick. I bought mine from a local seller on ebayhere.
Almond or Jojoba Oil (optional). 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 and stopo the resin being to tacky.
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.
Making Your Beeswax Wrap
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.
2. Cut 2 pieces of baking paper. Make sure they are larger than the width of your wrap.
3. Measure out your ingredients into an old saucepan or pot, that can be used as a double boiler (be prepared to use it for this purpose only in future! Resin is REALLY hard to clean).
4. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and place the pot with wax mixture inside so base is submerged but not touching the bottom. Allow mixture to melt completely, stir occasionally.
5. Place one piece of baking paper on an ironing board or similar heat proof surface. Place your fabric over the top. (I’d suggest even putting an old towel on top of your ironing board first, and then put the baking paper on top of that. Even though I was careful, I still managed to get wax on my ironing board!)
6. Once melted, drizzle wax mixture over your prepared fabric.
7. Place the second piece of baking paper over the fabric, beeswax, and oil. Iron over the top until the beeswax melts.
8. Repeat covering the fabric with wax mixture, and ironing until the entire piece is covered. Hang on a clothes horse to dry.
That’s it! The beeswax food 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 beeswax food wrap back under the iron (between the baking paper) to restore. Add some more beeswax and oil if necessary.