Beeswax wraps are something we've been wanting to try and make ourselves for a while now. These handy little things can replace cling wrap and plastic bags used for cold food products. We tried a few different methods, but here's our favorite!
After attempting a version that included pine resin, jojoba oil and beeswax, we decided to go with solely beeswax. One, it was easier, two, we didn't love just how sticky they turned out with the pine resin. Trying a different ratio of beeswax to resin might help improve the stickiness, but for us we were happy to use the wraps in conjunction with string or rubber bands to secure it around the objects that needed a little extra support.
Here's what you need:
- 100% Cotton fabric
- Cosmetic/ foodgrade 100% beeswax pastilles
- Parchment paper
- An iron
Cut your fabric to the desired size. We used these two ratios:
10" x 10"
13" x 13"
On a heat resistant, or safe, surface layer parchment paper + fabric. Give yourself some room between the edges of your parchment paper and your fabric, because the wax could seep past the edges. Then sprinkle the beeswax pastilles on top of the fabric (don't worry if there are bare spots, you can always add more later) and add a second layer of parchment paper.
Using your iron on the "linen" setting, gently iron your layered parchment paper + fabric + beeswax from the center out. You'll be able to see the fabric become saturated with the melted beeswax. If there are bare areas, lift the top layer of parchment paper and sprinkle some more beeswax. Once the entire fabric appears saturated, set the iron aside.
Allow everything to cool and then peel away the layers of parchment paper. Now you're done! You can do some more trimming if you'd like because it's easier to cut the stiff fabric (we chose to round our corners).
Let us know what you guys tried or how it goes trying this method!