How to make your own reusable beeswax wraps

Love reducing your reliance on plastic and want to make your own beeswax wraps? Read our easy to follow 11 step guide on how to make your own. To buy or ready to use DIY wrap melts or if you don’t have time to make your own you can buy our wraps here.

What you’ll need

  • 1 or more x 8 Frame Honey DIY beeswax wrap melt (has the right quantities of beeswax, jojoba oil and pine resin pre-mixed so you don’t have to buy each ingredient and end up with large amounts of waste)
  • 100% cotton material cut into any size you desire and ironed 
  • Saucepan
  • Heatproof bowl – such as stainless steel OR a cheese grater just for wrap making
  • Heatproof gloves to handle hot bowl safely
  • Utensil to stir melt as it liquefies if needed (skewer or metal spoon)
  • Greaseproof paper – two sheets cut at least 5cm wider than size of your material all round. (Note: If your paper is too short you can overlap 2 or more pieces until you have the desired length.)
  • Iron – set to medium heat setting and ironing board with cover. Best not to use your good iron. If you get wax on it you don’t want to spread it across to your work clothes! 
The equipment you need to make your own reusable beeswax food wraps

It doesn’t take much to make your own reusable beeswax wraps.

Directions

Step 1

Half fill your saucepan with hot water and place it on the stove on a low-medium heat. Place DIY beeswax wrap melts into the heatproof bowl and double boil the mixture until it fully melts. Alternatively if you prefer you can grate the melt into small pieces.

Step 2

Place 1 sheet of greaseproof paper on the ironing board. Place your cotton material on top of the paper.

Step 3

For wraps that are approximately 20cm x 20cm in size spoon 3 or 4 teaspoons of the liquefied melts into the centre of the wrap (or a pinch of grated melt if you chose this method). For larger wraps add more. It is easier to add additional mixture to the wrap if needed rather than having too much mixture on your wrap.

Starting to make a reusable beeswax wrap

A wrap with some mixture poured into the centre.

Step 4

Cover the wrap with the second sheet of greaseproof paper.

Step 5

Using the iron, gently iron the wax mixture from the middle of the wrap towards the edges. You need to create a thin, even layer of wax across the entire wrap.

Ironing wax mixture into a wrap

Aim to iron from the centre out to the edges.

Step 6

Flip the wrap over once you have ironed your wax mixture into the material. Repeat the ironing process on this side. 

Step 7

Remove the top sheet of greaseproof paper. Inspect the material for any areas where the wax mixture has not fully penetrated the material. Sections of material that are lighter and not as transparent as the main material indicate they have little or no wax there. Spoon small amounts of additional mixture on all of these areas. Replace the greaseproof paper and continue ironing. 

Wrap with some edges not covered in wax

The bottom right edge of this wrap does not have mixture on it yet.

Step 8

When the wrap is covered with wax mixture on both sides iron the entire wrap a final time moving from the centre out towards the edges. Iron slightly past the edges to ensure any excess wax mixture is removed from the wrap.

Wax pushed out of a wrap

Excess wax at the top of the wrap that has been ironed out.

Step 9

Using heatproof gloves transfer your wrap inside the greaseproof paper onto a suitable surface to allow the wrap to cool. It usually takes between 5 and 10 minutes for a wrap to cool down. If you have additional wraps to make repeat steps 1 to 6.

A wrap cooling

A wrap cooling in the greaseproof paper.

Step 10

Once the wrap has cooled peel it off of the greaseproof paper and inspect it a final time to ensure the entire wrap is covered in mixture. If the wrap is not entirely covered repeat step 5.

Step 11

Once the wrap is completely covered in wax mixture and has cooled it is ready to be used. Wash it in cool soapy water, allow it to dry and store it away from heat sources.

Several items half covered in reusable wraps

Your wraps are now ready to use!

We hope you had fun learning how to make your own beeswax wraps. Using them also helps the environment!

Thanks for reading, enjoy your journey!

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