Beeswax wraps are a brilliant alternative to plastic cling wrap and zip lock bags. They are easy to make and will last 6-12 months with good care. When the wrap is at the end of its first life - you can re-wax and give it a whole new round of life! If needed it can go into the compost and will break down naturally.
This makes the perfect size for sandwiches or to cover a small plate or bowl.
- 30cm x 30cm piece of repurposed 100% cotton fabric. (Avoid white fabric). Use pinking sheers on the edges and pre wash.
- About 35g beeswax grated
- Iron and ironing board
- Old towel
- 2 sheets of Baking paper ~40cm x 40xm (If You Care brand seems to be the most eco friendly available, but let me know if you have found an even better one!)
- Set iron to med-hot.
- Lay towel (folded) on ironing board to protect it.
- Place one sheet of baking paper on towel.
- Place piece of fabric on top of baking paper.
- Sprinkle most of grated wax evenly onto fabric. Leave about a 1cm gap of no wax along the edge of the fabric, as wax will spread here when melted).
- Place second piece of baking paper on top.
- Iron! This will melt the wax. Use the iron to spread the wax to the edges. This can take between 7-15 minutes.
- When all the wax has melted, peel back the baking paper. If needed sprinkle more wax in dry areas, lay paper back down and iron.
- When finished, peel baking paper sheets off fabric. Wave in air for 10-30 seconds till dry and voila! Your wrap is ready!!!!
- Peel any left over wax off the baking paper and save in air tight container to reuse later! Beeswax is also great in DIY moisturiser and lip balm!
Wipe with a damp soapy cloth, or rinse under luke warm water. Best not to dip the wrap in water.
Use & care:
Wrap will be stiff at first. Scrunch/ warm the areas you want to be "sticky" with your hands. Use for wrapping sandwiches, rolls, wraps, covering bowls, fruit/ veggies, cheese etc!
Do not use the wrap with hot food or meat. Do not microwave. Can go in fridge and freezer!
Have fun! xx