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Easy Homemade Beeswax Wraps

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Plastic wrap who? Avocado-half wrapped in single-use foil what? For this “recipe,” you can upcycle old (but clean) dishcloths, go to the thrift store and pick out a linen tablecloth with a funky pattern to cut into squares or grab a stack of stylish eco-friendly dish towels. Whichever way you choose, making these easy (and dare we say stylish) beeswax wraps is a great way to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics you use.

Makes 2-3 12×12 inch wraps

Materials

  • 100% organic cotton fabric
  • .35 oz pine resin
  • 1.25 oz beeswax pastilles
  • 1 Tbsp organic jojoba oil
  • Large popsicle stick
  • Parchment paper
  • 1-2 inch wide paint brush

Directions

  1. Wash and dry fabric. Cut fabric into 12×12 inch squares.
  2. Fill a saucepan with water and place pine resin, beeswax, and jojoba oil in a glass measuring cup and set in a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water until the waterline reaches halfway up the measuring cup.
  3. Heat the water at medium-high heat and meltdown ingredients, about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 300° F.
  5. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a piece of fabric over the parchment, back facing up. Brush the beeswax mixture lightly over the fabric.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 2 minutes to re-melt the wax coating. Remove from the oven and brush the mixture over any dry spots. Try not to oversaturate with the wax mixture. You can even place the next piece of fabric on top of the first piece to soak up any extra coating mixture, however, you want to work quickly so the wax doesn’t solidify.
  7. Hang completed wrap(s) to dry completely.
  8. Repeat steps until you’re finished making your beeswax wraps.

Notes and Variations

15 Comments

  • Tina
    April 15, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    How should these be cleaned for re-use? How often (or do you) retreat the cloth ?

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    • Imperfect Foods
      April 17, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      We recommend hand washing your beeswax wrap with cold water and alcohol-free soap, then allowing them to air dry. In general, you’ll want to keep your beeswax wrap away from heat but to retreat the cloth you can simply toss them on a baking sheet and into the oven with the door open on low heat for about 2-3 minutes. This will help to remelt and distribute the wax, making your wraps look brand new again!

      Reply
  • Sheri Brezinka
    April 15, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Can these be washed and re-used?

    Reply
    • Imperfect Foods
      April 17, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Absolutely! Cold water and an eco-friendly soap will do the trick 🙌

      Reply
  • Martie
    April 15, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    How do you clean these?

    Reply
    • Imperfect Foods
      April 17, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      Running them under cold water with a bit of alcohol-free soap will clean them up beautifully! You can use a sponge to wipe them down, then allow them to air dry before putting them away 🙌

      Reply
  • Nancy S Benson Brewster
    April 15, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    A great source of fabric for food wraps would be dollar store bandanas, or clearance “fat quarter” fabrics from a quilting shop.

    Reply
    • Imperfect Foods
      April 17, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Great idea! 💡

      Reply
  • Petok Douglas
    April 16, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks

    Reply
  • Anne Cennamo
    April 22, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Is there a substitute for jojoba oil?

    Reply
    • Imperfect Foods
      April 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm

      Coconut oil or tea tree oil should work just fine as a substitute!

      Reply
  • Ashley Jaramillo
    April 25, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    What purpose does the pine resin serve? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Imperfect Foods
      April 30, 2021 at 10:14 pm

      The pine resin has antibacterial properties, and it is also water resistant!

      Reply
  • KATHLEEN ROCHESTER
    June 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Where is pine resin sold?

    Reply
    • Imperfect Foods
      June 10, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      You can find food safe pine resin on websites like Etsy or Amazon! You can also find it at allthingsbeingeco.ca!

      Reply

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