Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps - Tutorial

A little tutorial today! After the beeswax food wraps went down an absolute storm at Norfolk Makers' Festival, I thought I'd make a little write up of how to make them for anyone still wanting to give this a try. Full credit to @knittynattynora who introduced me to this great method.

Great for scrap busting and good for the environment too - why not swap your clingfilm for these easy wraps!

You'll need 100% beeswax - this can be bought in blocks or pellets. I got mine in block form from LiveMoor who also sell on Amazon. Use an old grater and shred that wax...

Take some clean cotton fabric an cut into squares/rectangles/whatever you like. I used these lovely little bundles just waiting their turn for a purpose.

 For nice edges use pinking shears for a good finish. You're also going to need a clean paintbrush!

Pop your fabric on an old baking tray (not one you will need for cooking!) and sprinkle on the beeswax shavings

Pop the tray into an oven set at a low temperature. About 120 degrees should be fine. Whatever you do, DON'T MOVE! The wax will melt in a matter of seconds and you don't want to burn it. Remove the tray from the oven and use the brush to spread the wax evenly ensuring it has soaked through all over without patches. 

Carefully peel the wrap from the tray - it will start to cool immediately and is easy to handle. If you can, hang it up somewhere to dry fully.

Wait - just let the wraps cool and dry, I left mine for the afternoon until they were cold and had gone stiff with wax.
Sammy waiting patiently in the sun...
That's all there is to it! The wraps are food safe and can be reused multiple times if you wash them in luke warm/cold water with a little soap. Don't put them in the dishwasher or microwave, they will melt!

The wraps take the shape of your bowls and wrapped items and the heat from your hand moulds them to stick in place.

Enjoy a very colourful fridge!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for showing the beeswax wraps! I made them some time ago and think they are very good to use!