DIY Beeswax Wraps

These are an easy swap for plastic wrap and making them at home is way cheaper than buying them. I used 100% cotton, thin kitchen towels and pillow cases I already had to craft wraps in all sizes, including ones big enough for wrapping loaves of bread. I recommend making some small enough for wrapping lunch items like sandwiches and muffins and then larger ones for covering bowls and wrapping veggies.

You will need:

  • Thin, 100% cotton cloth cut in the size of wraps you want (it should be smaller than your cookie sheet)

  • Beeswax pellets (I purchased mine either in a compostable cardboard container from Smallflower Modern Apothecary or in bulk )

  • A paint brush devoted solely to this project

  • A cookie sheet

  • Recycled aluminum foil (or a cookie sheet you will only use for this project)

Now to the making:

1) Heat your oven to about 170 Fahrenheit.

2) Spread your cotton cloth on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet.

3) Sprinkle a light but even coating of beeswax pellets over the material.

4) Bake for ten minutes or so until all the pellets have melted.

5) Remove from the oven and use your paint brush to evenly distribute the beeswax on the material.

6) Hang to cool.

7) You can repeat with the rest of your cloths.

After the wraps cool (which doesn't take but a couple minutes), they are ready to use! After using mine, I wash them by soaking them in a bowl of cold water with dish soap, then rinsing off the soap and hanging them to dry.

After your wraps have lost the will to wrap, you can compost them! Win-win!