I’ve been using Beeswax wraps for a few years now. I bought a pack to begin with but then realised I needed different sizes when I discovered more and more uses for them, so I decided to make my own. I have tried a few different methods and this one has to be my fave so far as it’s so simple and least messy for me. This is also works if you’re trying to re-fresh and re-wax your used wraps too.
- Beeswax pastilles or a block to grate yourself – speak to a local beekeeper or look online
- Cheese grater ( if grating your own ) – pick up a second hand one from a charity shop or make sure you clean your cheese grater thoroughly – (there plenty of advice online how to do this safely)
- Fabric scraps of 100% cotton, I used an old bedsheet, but old t-shirts, Pj’s etc will work too.
- An iron & Ironing board
- A Baking Sheet
- Baking paper
drizzles & splashes of jojoba oil – makes it softer and more pliable.
Pine rosin – adds pliability and tackiness
- Cut your fabric to sizes you think you’ll get most use from – smaller for wrapping cut veg or cheese, bigger for wrapping bread or large bowls
- I worked on a large metal baking sheet on top of my ironing board to contain any escaped wax which I lined with baking paper and then placed my cotton sheet on top.
- Sprinkle or grate beeswax over your fabric. I just do this by eye as you can add more if it’s not enough and use the iron to push out any excess wax.
- If using rosin lightly sprinkle over the beeswax. Again, quantities not too much of a big deal, I think mine worked out around equal parts – experiment!
I’ve never used it but you can also drizzle or drop jojoba oil all over your fabric at this point too.
- Cover your fabric with another sheet of parchment and dry iron ( no steam!) until all of the wax and rosin is melted. You can see through the paper when it’s melted enough and where there might be gaps.
- Peel the baking paper off, if there are gaps of non-waxed areas or a build up in other areas just add some more wax and or heat. When you’re happy there’s enough coverage ( wax should be evenly distributed all over the cloth), peel off the parchment paper and wave the wrap in the air in celebration which also helps dry it out.
If you’ve given DIY beeswax wraps a go I’d love to hear how you’ve got on and what methods you’ve found work for you.