Beeswax wrap is a great alternative to plastic sandwich bags, saran wrap, and tin foil. I’d been thinking about buying some for ages, but I always balked at the price. Then I finally realized I could make it myself! With the right supplies and a little bit of time, you can whip up a set of wraps in a variety of sizes to meet your needs.
DIY Beeswax Wrap Supplies
Beeswax (I prefer pastilles because I hate trying to grate down blocks of beeswax)
Cotton fabric (get creative! For this batch, I used an old bedsheet that I got from a thrift store. Just make sure to wash it first!)
Pinking shears (optional, but adds a nice finish to the edges)
An old cookie sheet that you’ll forever use for beeswax projects (don’t even think about trying to wash it after this. Again, thrifted is best!)
Disposable paintbrush or foam brush
Preheat your oven on to its lowest setting (around 180F is ideal). Cut your cotton fabric into your desired sizes. Using pinking shears will help prevent the edges from fraying, but if you don’t have them it’s not a big deal. Arrange a piece of fabric on your baking sheet and sprinkle with beeswax. For a 12×12” square, I use about .5oz of beeswax beads. Experiment and see what works! You can always remelt the sheet if you didn’t use enough wax the first time.
Place your cookie sheet in the oven just until all the beeswax has liquefied. If certain areas are pooling with wax, use your paintbrush to carefully spread it around the fabric. Hang to dry on a makeshift clotesline until the wax has solidified and repeat until you’ve coated all sheets of fabric with wax.
To use your new beeswax wrap, all you need to do is scrunch it between your hands to crease it up. Then fold it around sandwiches or cinch it over bowls of leftovers. Get creative! I have a feeling you’ll find a million and one uses for these handy storage sheets.
To clean your beeswax wraps, simply wash in cool water with gentle soap (I use castile soap), then hang to dry. Each wrap should last several months.