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Reusable Food Wraps DIY

Home made beeswax food wraps

Did you try the Beeswax Food Wraps already? For the ones that don’t know them already, they are cotton pieces of fabric coated with a mixture of natural ingredients like beeswax, oil and tree resin and they are meant to store food just like plastic wrap minus the bad. You use the warmth of your hands to soften and shape the seal. They are also reusable, washable, compostable and super cute.`1

I got a couple of them from my mother a while ago and I love them. I wrap almost everything inside them and they are the perfect alternative to plastic wraps. I tried the ones from the Bee’s Wrap and I’m super tempted by these German ones from the Little Bee Fresh – aren’t they beautiful?

But, because this is just the way I am, I wanted to know if I could make them myself at home as well. I made ours with only two ingredients and they turned out great! So I thought I’d share the DIY with you. I have to warn you though – it can get a little messy so please keep this in mind when choosing a place to do it – I would avoid a room with a rug close by, for example.

How to make beeswax foodwraps

Anyhow, you need these 3 things:

Some nice cotton squares/rectangles (i.e. 20×20, 35×35 and one for bread 45×60 cm)
-Organic beeswax
-Organic jojoba oil

And also:
-an iron (set on cotton mode)
-food grater
-greaseproof baking paper

beeswax and jojoba oil mixture

The first thing I did was grate the beeswax into a small bowl. Then I poured jojoba oil over – just enough to cover the wax or even a little bit less.

Then I prepared the working space. You can do this on a table, a big cutting board or on an ironing board but use a couple of big old towels and lay them down on the surface. Place some greaseproof baking paper on top of the towels and then the cotton cut-outs on top of this. You also need a couple of greaseproof sheets on the side to place your freshly made wraps on!

beeswax food wrap diy

Now I sprinkled the wax and jojoba oil mixture evenly (make sure to cover all the edges)!

beeswax food wrap diy

After I placed a few more sheets of greaseproof paper on top I ironed over it. You can see if there are some spots left that are wax-free, but don’t worry – simply peel back the paper, sprinkle over those spots and repeat! When you’re happy with the wrap, simply peel it off and place it one the greaseproof paper on the side to dry (you can also use a wire rack or line of string).

Voila! That is it! You can use them for months, just remember to use cold (!) water when washing and if necessary – a mild dish soap.

Also! You can wrap almost everything inside the wraps, except for the meat!

Ps. although I love these wraps I made I think I want to make them with the tree resin next time. I believe it makes them more airtight and durable.

Would love to know if anyone has made these at home as well and what kind of methods you use?

Polona XX

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Comments (20)

Melanie Smith
June 7, 2018

Love the result of this project and I’m all for reducing plastic waste but I think the vast majority of Mums are far too busy to attempt anything like this. More practical content would be appreciated.


Esther in Amsterdam
June 7, 2018

I definitely love the inspiration this post offers and I’m absolutely going to try this. Melanie, please speak for yourself! I do think there are loads of mums who would carve out time for this project. Also — more supportive comments would be appreciated. We work hard here at Babyccino to offer our readers honest and inspirational content FOR FREE. If you don’t like our content or think it’s not practical enough (???), then perhaps find another blog to read that suits your timeframe better. Thanks!


June 7, 2018

Dear Melanie, thank you for your feedback. I have to disagree though. If you saw my everyday life (three kids and husband almost always at work, even weekends) you’d know I can’t really afford time-consuming projects. My moto is actually: easy, fast and cute/useful. It definitely would be too time consuming if you only made one but if you make like 10 or 20 at once you’ll see it really isn’t. Do try, I promise you’ll change your mind 😉


Lisa
June 7, 2018

Before I continued reading the full post I said to myself ‘this is Polona ‘ and it was! Your style is so distinctive, friendly and warm. I’m definitely going to try this! Thank you!


June 7, 2018

Oh my god Lisa, this comment of your made my heart sing and my eyes water! You really think that? Thank you soooo soo much, you are much too sweet! You made my day :*


Helen Haines
June 7, 2018

Are the wraps available to buy in the UK?


June 7, 2018

Which one you mean? The ones from Bee’s Wrap are available worldwide and if you’s like to order the Little Bee Fresh, you should just send them and email to (halloATlittle-bee-fresh.de) and let them know which ones you’d like to order and they will be happy to send them to you. I hope this helps.


Lisa
June 7, 2018

I love Polona that you want to try a different way of making them !!! Well done – I took the easy route and bought them – so handy and guilt free … never heard of tree resin type


Lisa
June 7, 2018

Sorry forgot to say above is from another Lisa !


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MJ
June 8, 2018

I just wanted to say that I love your site! Please, please don’t change a thing!! This is a breath of fresh air to most of the content available for mums, mama, moms…


Emma
June 8, 2018

Hi Polona, Please don’t ever be discouraged by the thoughtless comments of others. I found your post very inspiring and even though I may never get around to making my own bees wraps, (as I am a busy Mum!), at least now I know that it is something that I could do if I ever wished to. Thank you for the time and effort that you put into your posts, the content of which is appreciated by many! Emma xx


Helen
June 8, 2018

I agree, I ordered a set of wraps after reading your post. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope to make some once I’ve tested these ones out.


Stacy
June 8, 2018

As always, Polona has the greatest ideas!! I love her posts!! And have done many of your craft/recipes…
Thank you Polona!


Ashley
June 8, 2018

Love this!! Thank you for this great idea!! I have been wanting to try using wraps like this, but it never occurred to me I could make my own! Thank you so much for the tips and the inspiration! I have some cute sushi print fabric that would be so cute for this project!


little bee fresh - Angelika
June 12, 2018

Such a great manual for DIY beeswaxwraps to reduce plastic waste! And also many thanks for sharing our products!


Emma
June 12, 2018

Great post it is something I have wondered myself if it is possible to make them. I like that it does not use a lot ingredients and I could do with a fun project to use up scrap pieces of fabric. My favourite part of your blog is the fun projects and party inspiration, thank you Emma


Margot
June 13, 2018

I love this DIY! Very good idea and I can only support eco projetcs 🙂
I already tried with beewax only but I think it’s better with tree resin! Do you have an idea where we can find the resin?
Thank you!


June 13, 2018

Hi Margot! Yes, I’m going to try with the resin too this summer. I found the it on Amazon. Look under Pine Resin or Pine Rosin. You can get it powdered already or in chunks, which you can just throw into a Food Processor and make it into a powder. Tried and tested. Just make sure to wash your hand and the food processor with cold water after, not warm – I learned that the hard way!!! Good luck 😉


Lacy
June 14, 2018

I love these! I’ve made my own beeswax wraps at home and use them all the time. I made mine in the oven and used tree resin (mine was myrrh). The tree resin discolored my fabric a bit with brownish spots. I think line resin is also available and will try that next time.


Lacy
June 14, 2018

Pine resin, that is!


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