I've been making and using beeswax wraps to store my food for over a year now, and they're a great way to keep things fresh while reducing my single use plastic. After many months of fiddling, I've come up with an even better way to make a DIY beeswax wrap that makes it extra sticky and easier to use. Let me show you how!
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What is beeswax wrap?
A beeswax wrap is a reusable alternative to plastic wrap. You can use them to wrap up cheese, cover bowls, wrap up sandwiches, wrap up fruit pieces and more.
What is a beeswax wrap made of?
Beeswax wraps are made primarily of cotton fabric and beeswax, and extras like jojoba oil and pine resin can be added to make them softer and stickier.
How does a beeswax wrap work?
You can wrap it around food and bowls using the warmth of your hands to activate the wax and seal the wrap together. You can wash it after each use with luke warm water & a gentle soap, and hang it to dry.
How long does a beeswax wrap last?
A wrap should last from about 6-12 months before it looses all it's stickiness. You can either revive it at that point with more beeswax, or compost it.
How to make a beeswax wrap that's extra sticky
Last year, I made some beeswax wraps that I've used for months and loved. You can find my original DIY beeswax tutorial right here. These one required warming them with your hands to activate the wax to stick. After some requests from readers and my own curiosity, I've come up with an even better DIY beeswax wrap method that's extra sticky and simple to use!
DIY Beeswax Wrap Video Tutorial
Watch the video below to get step-by-step instructions on how to make these, or follow the written instructions beneath the video.
Amazon ingredients mentioned:
- cotton fabric, pre-washed and cut into squares of desired size (or buy pre-cut cotton fabric here on Amazon)
- block of beeswax
- jojoba oil
- pine resin
- fabric scissors
- pinking shears
- parchment paper
- double boiler (or a saucepan and mason jar/measuring cup)
- fabric scissors
- pinking shears
- small paint brush
- Pre-wash your fabric and cut it into 2 squares with fabric scissors. I like 8″ or 11″ squares for beeswax wraps. Cut more squares to make more wraps, but increase the rest of the ingredients accordingly.
- In a double boiler (or mason jar/measuring cup lowered into a saucepan of boiling water), grate ½ cup of beeswax.
- Add 3 Tbsp pine resin and 1 Tbsp jojoba oil. The pine makes these wraps extra sticky, and the jojoba oil helps keep the wraps pliable.
- Melt the ingredients in the double boiler until they are all mixed and liquified.
- Meanwhile, lay the fabric squares on some parchment paper.
- When the wax mixture is ready, brush it onto the fabric squares with a brush from the center out.
- Put another sheet of parchment paper over the wraps.
- Use an iron on the “cotton” setting and press it over the wraps to ensure the wax mixture is spread evenly over the wraps. This will also help it seep to the other side of the fabric.
- Remove the wraps from the parchment paper, and hang them to dry.
- Once dry, trim the edges of the wraps with pinking shears.
- Use the wraps to wrap up fruit, sandwiches, cheese, or to cover bowls of food.
- Wash the wraps after each use in lukewarm water with a mild detergent and hang to dry.
- Compost wraps after 6-12 months of use.