Saturday, April 12, 2014

DIY Beeswax Wraps

We love these beeswax wraps!  They have so many great uses, and can replace any situation where you might have used plastic wrap before.  No more plastic wrap on food, no more plastic wrap to throw away.  For example, we wrap lunch sandwiches, halves of apples, blocks of cheese stored in the fridge, and to cover mixing bowls when proofing bread.  The beeswax wraps are slightly water proof and breathable.

Cleaning: These beeswax wraps can be used almost indefinitely, and if they do need cleaning just rinse gently with cool water and a biodegradable dishsoap or wipe with cool cloth, then let air dry (do not wash with hot water as this may melt the beeswax coating).

Note of caution: Making your own beeswax wraps at home is quite simple.  The key is to keep an eye on your oven temperature and not leave the cloths in the oven too long.  This is important since the hot wax in your oven could become a fire hazard. Work carefully, and in less than half an hour you will have your own set of beeswax wraps!  These beeswax wraps make great gifts as well. 

You will need:
  • A large piece of natural unbleached un-dyed fabric (e.g. cotton, linen, hemp)
  • Pure beeswax
  • Old baking trays
  • Parchment paper
  • Old grater or knife to cut beeswax 
  • Old paintbrush (reserved for beeswax from now on)
a) Cut piece of natural fabric to the size you want - it needs to fit on a baking tray.  Consider sizes that will be small or large enough to wrap the foods you have in mind (e.g. sandwiches, fruit, to cover a mixing bowl, etc)
b) Decide if you want to serge or sew the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.  The beeswax will also prevent fraying so it just depends on how "finished" you want your wrap to look.
c) Line baking tray with parchment paper and lay cloth flat on this tray.
d) Preheat oven to 170F (NO hotter as this can become dangerous!).
e) Shred or grate beeswax.  You will need to have a thin layer across your entire cloth.  This amounts to several tablespoons of grated was for a medium sized cloth.
f) Sprinkle beeswax across the cloth evenly.  
g) Put baking tray into the oven at 170F for 10 minutes - NO LONGER than that!  Keep an eye on the melting wax.  If the was has melted sooner than 10 minutes remove baking tray earlier.
h) While wax is still hot spread it across the cloth with the old paintbrush.  Try to get a skim coat across the entire cloth.  
i) Let cool.  Beeswax will dry and harden slightly.  Then the beeswax wrap is ready to use!
j) You can add button and string loop closures, or other cloth or string fasteners onto the edges if you want to have a way to secure the cloths.  We just fold them around our food and secure with a rubber band.


  1. do you have any pictures of these wraps? are they stiff at all or do they mold well to a bowl or any other vessel

  2. What a great idea. I had no idea this was even an option, thanks!!

  3. Ooo... I've been eyeing those in the shops. Now I'm going to try making my own!