DIY : Beeswax Wraps
Super Simple DIY Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are something I have wanted to make for so long!! I have some already which I love - and I love the idea of making them myself.. but.. I've been lazy hehe and it's been on my to do list for literally years. I think because it required 2-3 ingredients I'd likely have to order from different places, I just never got around to it!
Until now - I got this kit from Little Eco Store - which is literally a cube of beeswax, jojoba oil and pine resin - all melted into one magic little block. I was able to literally just grate it with a cheese grater to make pellets, then melt it onto fabric in my oven - it's a little more in depth than that, but super simple!
Here is what you need for this DIY:
-A DIY Wrap mix from Little Eco Shop
-Baking paper and an iron OR an old baking tray OR an old saucepan
-Fabric - linen/cotton/ramie/hemp - natural fibres work best!
-Scissors or pinking shears dependant on desired edge finish
(NOTE - I didn't want to trash a baking tray just for a DIY, so I didn't! I just poured boiling water over mine after, a few times, scrubbed it with a bit of elbow grease and it was as good as new! So you can use any baking dish, it just requires a little cleaning after. Alternatively, go the baking paper method if you already have some - or use an old pot/pan you no longer use anyway)
**I only didn't use the baking paper method as I recently discovered baking paper is plastic coated and non recyclable or compostable - what!!
#1 Preheat your oven to a medium-low setting. I put mine on 180 although it definately hadn't heated up to that. You can do it quite low if you want, the higher the temperature, the quicker it will melt so just keep an eye on it.. it doesn't take long! OR if you're using the baking paper and iron method, heat up your iron.
#2 Take your beeswax block.. and grate it. I started with a fine grate, then decided the thicker one was better. It meant the beeswax didn't stick together so much. So choose the thick side on your grater and do little bursts - so you end up with little pellets, under 1cm long.
#3 Cut your fabric to the desired size, with either scissors or pinking shears. Pinking shears are scissors which have a zigzag effect - using these will give a professional looking result! Also, it will stop the threads slowly unravelling on the edges.
#4 If using the oven & a baking tray : put your fabric pieces flat onto the baking tray. Cover with pellets of wax, roughly 1cm apart. When the piece is covered, you want to simply pop it into the oven. It will melt within minutes, so watch through the door - once all the way looks melted, you're right to just take it out. You should be able to see visually that all the wax is melted! I would reccomend using more wax then less, so it is evenly covered!
Once you take the wraps out, carefully (they're hot!) lift the pieces up and hang them to dry somewhere like on the line. Within 5-10 minutes, you can take them down and touch them!
Another method is to use a stovepot saucepan. You can simply cut off a chunk of the wax, melt it in the stovepot and then place your fabric into the saucepan, moving it around until it is totally covered in wax. Then, carefully take it out and spread it flat, making sure the wax is evenly coated. Then just move it to the clothesline to hang and dry. I probably preferred this method to the baking tray, but found it was a much thicker application!
If you'd rather use the iron method, you can simply do the following. Place one piece of baking paper flat onto the ironing board, then your fabric. On top, tetris your beeswax pellets, then gently place another piece of baking paper. You'll be able to simply iron the baking paper and watch the wax melt. Carefully lift the top layer of paper to see that it's all evenly melted - before lifting off the fabric wrap and moving it to the line for drying.
I would definitely recommend pinking shears for that finished look - but if you have threads coming off like I did, you can easily remove them once the wraps dry with some sharp scissors.
Yay!! You just made your own beeswax wraps! So easy!
For cleaning pots and pans, I reccomend placing your pan in the sink while it's still warm, then pour boiling water on top and a little dish soap. I used an old scourer to carefully (without putting my hands in the water!) scrub the wax off. It was quite easy when warm but I had to do it a few times to get the wax completely off.
Alternatively, use a pan you plan to use a few times or was on it's way out!
These would make perfect gifts too!!
The final step and most important.. use them!! I keep ours folded in our cutlery draw, so we can easily find and use them! Between uses, rinse with cool water and hang on the line or in your dish rack standing upright to dry.
Also.. look how much was left over! It's gone back into our cupboard and I'll make gifts out of it for family!!
You can get your own DIY beeswax kit from Little Eco Shop Here :) xo