Beeswax wraps are a natural, healthy, zero waste alternative to plastic wrap. I’d been holding off buying some because they can be pricey, plus I wasn’t convinced I actually needed them … until I had to bring a salad to a friend’s house. I didn’t want to use plastic wrap, so I covered my bowl in a tea towel and “sealed” it with a rubber band. Needless to say, this didn’t work too well. The rubber band kept popping off, causing the tea towel to fall repeatedly into the salad 🙄
Rather than buy pre-made beeswax wraps, I decided to make my own using leftover cotton fabric scraps and a chunk of beeswax I purchased from Loco. These DIY beeswax wraps take just a few minutes to make and cost a fraction of what they sell for at stores. In fact, they’re so easy to make, I taught a group of elementary school kids how to make them today in Green Club! 😃 The other benefit to making beeswax wraps is that you can make them the exact size you need. My beeswax wrap perfectly covers my large mixing bowl—the one I tried to transport that salad in 😂
How to make beeswax wraps
100% cotton fabric
Pinking shears (to prevent edges from fraying)
Beeswax, grated or in pellets
Old cookie sheet*
- Preheat oven to 200F.
- Measure and cut fabric into desired size and shape, depending on what you plan on wrapping. My beeswax wrap is 14 inches in diameter, which creates a nice 2″ overlap around my large mixing bowl. I used a metal tray as a template, tracing the perimeter with a pencil then cutting the outline with pinking shears.
- Place the fabric on the cookie sheet and lightly sprinkle with beeswax. As the beeswax melts, it will spread out and soak the fabric.
- Put the cookie sheet in the warm oven and remove it as soon as the beeswax is completely melted into the fabric (a couple minutes).
- Carefully remove the fabric from the cookie sheet and hold the edges with your fingers until the beeswax wrap cools (a few seconds).
Care and maintenance
- Use these DIY beeswax wraps as you would plastic wrap: to cover bowls, wrap snacks, etc.
- To wash, use cold water and a mild soap (do not use warm water as it will remove the beeswax).
- If you find your beeswax wrap isn’t as clingy as it used to be, add some more grated beeswax and pop it in the oven!
* Beeswax is difficult to remove. If you plan on using beeswax often, dedicate some kitchen supplies (like a grater and cookie sheet) exclusively to beeswax projects to reduce cleaning time.