Hi there! Today I am going to show you an easy way to make bees wax food wrap - a great alternative to plastic/glad wrap - and super cute! Could make an awesome little gift!
I recently read in 'Good Magazine' about a company that makes them here in NZ- BeeWrapt - which use a mix of beeswax (a honey making by product), native tree resin and manuka oil. I looked them up and their product looks amazing, but I still wanted to give it a go myself.
I decided to keep it simple, and from looking at other DIY's I decided to use just straight bees wax, recycled fabric/fabric from my stash, and that's it! I
You will need:
- 1 x bees wax candle OR bees wax pallets (if you can find them!)
- cotton fabric scraps - recycled vintage sheets or left overs from your stash
- a cheese grater
- an oven tray
- nonstick baking paper or an old baking tray
- Pinking shears (if you have them)
I used a mixture of leftover fabric including a bunch of Fat Quarters I had bought ages ago but not used.
First cut your fabric into squares (folding into triangles can help) using your pinking shears (to make pretty edges and stop it from fraying) - you can make all different sizes for different uses - small to cover jar tops, medium for sandwiches and large to cover loafs of bread or bigger dishes.
Simply line your baking tray with baking nonstick paper, and place each fabric square on the tray - it doesn't matter if they overlap - and then grate your bees wax over top of the fabric spreading evenly - you don't need much, and you can always more later (you can also grate it on much more coarsely than I have below - and its quicker!)
Place in a warm oven (but not hot - you don't want it to start smoking!) 100 degrees Celsius should be sufficient for a few minutes until the wax has completely melted. Move the fabric around to make sure all of it has absorbed the wax (or add a little more to bare patches). Then all you have to do is hang it up to dry!
Make sure to hang them so they are not touching or lay them flat on a non-stick table (otherwise they will dry with wax texture marks and you will need to re-heat it to fix it).
If its for a gift you can fold them neatly and tie with rustic twine or ribbon and add a care label if you like. To look after these cuties, just wash lightly in cold water with a little detergent. Don't put them in hot water otherwise the wax will melt! Happy making!
Nice seein' ya!