I love the beeswax infused food wraps that are beginning to be more and more popular right now. They are a great way to avoid adding more plastic to an already overloaded planet, and they’re pretty too! Or, they can be, when you make them yourself.
The ones I’ve seen are fine, but they can be pricey, and I’ve been researching all the different ways to make them myself. There are a bunch of recipes out there, and after trying out a few of them, I decided the ones that make me happiest are the easiest to make. (Bonus).
As another bonus, I can also use up all of my fabric test swatches that I’ve accumulated over the last couple of years. Or just dive into your scrap fabric pile. Try and find scraps that are 100% cotton, so you can feel good about wrapping them around your food. Make sure to prewash your fabric to remove any sizing from the printing process.
The other things you’ll need, are organic beeswax pellets, a cookie sheet, parchment paper, pinking shears, and a dedicated paintbrush that you don’t mind getting beeswax on. ( it won’t be good for much else afterward) I just keep mine with the wax pellets for the next batch of wraps I make.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
Step 1: cut out a few squares of fabric with your pinking shears. Cut any size you like. It’s nice to have a variety for wrapping half a lemon, a chunk of cheese, a leftover sandwich, whatever you’d use a ziplock bag or plastic wrap for. I use pinking shears to cut down on fraying, but regular scissors will work as well.
Step 2: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and lay out your square(s).
Step 3: Sprinkle the beeswax pellets onto the squares. A little goes a LONG way. When the wax melts, it will spread out and soak into the fabric. When you use too much wax, it will tend to crack on the surface of the fabric.
Step 4: Pop the cookie Sheet into the oven, and let the wax melt… about 5 minutes
Step 5: As soon as you take them out, use the paint brush to distribute the wax more evenly. ( You won’t be able to see this happening so much, but I assure you, it works. Then hang up the wraps to cool. I just used a clothespin, and pinned mine up by the corner onto a basket I have on the wall. It only takes a couple of minutes for the wax to cool and harden up. You can leave them on the cookie sheet if you like, but I’m impatient, and can’t wait for the cookie sheet to cool down.
Step 6: You’re done! You can store them flat, or folded. The warmth of your hands soften them up and make wrapping easy. And they smell WONDERFUL.