Beeswax Food Wrap DIY
The beeswax food wrap craze was already taking off as an eco-friendly and healthier alternative to using plastic wrap and disposable baggies for school lunches and leftovers. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, and plastic wrap and baggies became harder to find in stores. Reusable wraps to the rescue!
Making your own beeswax wraps isn’t as hard as it sounds. Plus, it’s a great way to spend some joyful quality time while you’re safe at home. Here are some tips for a successful beeswax wrap DIY project:
- Scour your fabric bins for cotton cloth. Beeswax wraps are most effectively made from 100% cotton material about the thickness and weave of a high-quality bedsheet. Sound familiar? Yes! Break out the fabric you intended on turning into homemade face masks before you gave up and purchased them off Etsy (it’s OK, we aren’t judging). You can use that fabric for beeswax wraps, no sewing required.
- Find an easy recipe to follow. This one from Apartment Therapy uses only beeswax in its formula. Some people prefer mixing beeswax with jojoba or coconut oil. And others, like this one from Chef Sous Chef, add a third ingredient—tree rosin—which, while not necessary, gives the beeswax food wrap extra stickiness.
- Use 100% pure, food-grade beeswax. Most recipes call for beeswax pellets, but here’s a secret: Purchase a 1-pound block of beeswax for significant cost savings. It requires just one extra step: For small-batch projects, simply melt the block down and portion the beeswax into ice cube trays or paper cups, so the extra beeswax is ready to go for future projects. You can order our naturally filtered, 100% pure Texas beeswax by the block on our website or through Amazon.
- Whatever recipe you use, please note: Getting the right amount of coating on the cloth can be challenging. Don’t give up your first time. Keep trying! Start with your least favorite fabric so you can work up to perfection.
- Washing and caring for a beeswax wrap is easy. Just remember to keep things cool. Wash in cool water with soap and air dry after every use. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or near a heat source. And preserve its longevity by storing flat or rolled, not folded.
- Have just a little extra beeswax? Don’t let it go to waste! Go full steam ahead with our beeswax lip balm recipe.