I did a super easy and fun Beeswax Food Wrap project with my daughter the other day and I wanted to share it with you all! You can gather scrapes of fabric you have around the house or take a trip to the fabric store to pick out a fabric print that you like. Lucky for me my daughter is obsessed with sewing right now and has a nice stockpile of fabric so she let me grab a couple pieces to use.
Feel free to make any size that you would need most. I’ve seen tutorials that recommended 12×12 but I wanted something smaller to cover mason jars so we did several at 6×6 too. Most pre-made beeswax wraps that you can buy come in three sizes. Large (13×14), Medium (10×11) and Small (7×8) and sell for around $18 for a set.
I can honestly say that I like these homemade wraps better than the ones I bought last year. Plus this is a super affordable option to grow your collection in sustainable food storage while staying on a budget. And isn’t it so satisfying to make things like this by hand? It’s a great project to do with the kids!
Just as a disclaimer beeswax food wraps don’t work exactly like Saran Wrap. The purpose is to reduce food storage waste and that’s why we use them but sometimes I do need to still use a rubber band or some twine to secure them. For things like sandwhiches you can usually get away with folding them over and placing it folded side down to secure but you also have an option to sew a button and string on to secure better. I might try to update this post with that option soon!
+ Beeswax granules
+ Coconut oil
+ Parchment paper
+ Paint brush
+ Pinking Shears (optional but you can make cute edges with them)
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place precut fabric squares on parchment paper. Sprinkle with beeswax and place a couple chunks of coconut oil on fabric. Not much is required! Place in oven and keep an eye on it. When beeswax and coconut oil is melted remove and even it out on fabric by brushing. Dap excess with paper towel. Flip over and pop back into oven for a minute or so again. Take out and brush and dab again. Pick up fabric and wave around in the air until it’s dry.
Trouble shooting: If you got too much beeswax on them and they are too stiff then just pop back in oven and dab excess off with paper towel again. This is a very forgiving project and you can try the process over if it isn’t right for you the first time.
When it comes time to wash your beeswax wraps make sure to do so in cool water. If the water is too warm it will melt the beeswax and it will have a funny texture. I usually don’t even use soap unless I have to. Enjoy and be sure to share with me if you make these at home!