Learn how to make beeswax wraps from cotton fabric, beeswax and jojoba oil with this simple step-by-step and video tutorial. These can be used to cover and wrap food as a reusable alternative to plastic cling wrap.
I started making beeswax wraps for food storage a few months ago, and I’ve definitely become addicted to this DIY! They’re so easy to make, they work well, and they’re such an adorable alternative to plastic cling wrap.
You can make beeswax wraps any size you want, and they stick together or stick to bowls and plates simply with the warmth of your fingers. Beeswax has a low melting point, so warming up the wax on these wraps ever so slightly makes them a little sticky and ready to cling to things.
With our prime minister announcing the ban of some single-use plastic items as early as 2021, I thought it was a great time to share how to make these for your own home!
To make beeswax wraps, you’ll need beeswax (my beautiful beeswax block was given to me by Good Morning Honey), 100% cotton fabric (I used scraps from my stash), jojoba oil (to help soften the wraps), parchment paper, an old towel, and iron, and pinking shears.
Amber from Good Morning Honey suggested I use this iron technique to make my beeswax wraps, and I’ve loved the results! You can make these in 15 minutes or less, and you can make several from only a few supplies.
Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to make these adorable beeswax wraps (plus 2 more DIYs!), or follow the written instructions below:
Let’s make them!
- scraps of 100% cotton fabric (some good sizes for the wraps are 7 x 7", 10 x 10" and 13 x 13")
- beeswax (or beeswax pellets)
- jojoba oil
- old towel
- parchment paper
- pinking shears
- Cut cotton fabric into squares of desired size. You can cut them a half inch larger than their finished size if you want to trim them down to size neatly at the end like I do. (I like finished sizes of 7 x 7", 10 x 10" and 13 x 13" for my beeswax wraps.)
- If using a block of beeswax, grate it with a cheese grater. You'll need approximately 2 Tbsp of grated beeswax or beeswax pellets per wrap.
- Put an old towel and then a square of parchment paper larger than your cotton fabric square onto an ironing board.
- Place one square of fabric on the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle a couple of Tbsp of beeswax onto the fabric, or enough to cover it.
- Squeeze several drops of jojoba oil over the beeswax to help soften the final wrap.
- Place another square of parchment paper over the fabric + beeswax.
- Iron over the parchment paper with an iron on the "cotton setting". Ensure all the beeswax melts into the fabric and spreads over the whole surface. You can add more beeswax if needed by carefully lifting the top piece of parchment paper and sprinkling more wax over the fabric.
- Let the wrap cool, and peel the parchment paper away.
- Trim the finished wrap with pinking shears around all edges.
- To use the wrap, warm it up slightly with the heat of your fingers and it will adhere to bowls, plates, or to itself to wrap cheeses and other food items.
- To wash the wrap, rinse it under cold water and hang it to dry.