beeswax food wrap diy

Beeswax Food Wrap DIY

beeswax food wrap diy

Hello!  It’s been a little while since I shared a DIY with you, but today I want to share my beeswax food wrap DIY.  It’s a great alternative to using cling film, tin foil or plastic tupperware to store food in, and really easy to make.

We actually cut our cling film and tin foil usage a long time ago.  We switched to using parchment paper to wrap our food in before popping it in the fridge or freezer, or storing food in glass jars or tupperware tubs.

All of this has been doing the job pretty well, but I’ve been trying to find an alternative to parchment paper as I’d like to be able to not buy so many single use products, like parchment paper.  I also wanted to find a way to transport my lunch without the need for bulky tupperware tubs.  Those things are a pain to carry around all day!  So, lo and behold, the answer I was looking for: the beeswax food wrap!

I had seen some pretty nice ones for sale online, but the statutory maternity pay I’m on at the moment sadly doesn’t quite stretch to beeswax wraps.  I had some fabric scraps leftover from an old craft project, and some beeswax pellets left over from making beeswax candles, so decided to try my hand at making my own.  How hard could it be? Turns out: not very hard at all.

beeswax food wrap diy

Beeswax Food Wrap DIY

You will need

Freshly washed and dried fabric scraps – a variety of sizes.

Beeswax pellets (affiliate link)

A silicon basting brush

Oven tray

Tongs

Method

Preheat your oven to 85°C.

Lay your piece of fabric flat on your oven tray.  Sprinkle the fabric liberally with your beeswax pellets.

Place in the oven for around 5 minutes, until the beeswax has all melted.  Keep an eye on it the whole time to avoid burning.

Once all the beeswax has melted remove the tray from the oven and quickly use your silicone basting brush to evenly distribute the beeswax.  The beeswax will start to set as soon as you take it out of the oven so you want to do this bit very quickly.

As soon as you’ve done this use the tongs to remove the fabric and hang it up to dry.  It will take only minutes to set and then it’s ready for use.

If you find you’ve got too much beeswax on your fabric then simply place back in the oven for a few minutes until the beeswax has melted. Then brush down with your silicon brush again.

To remove the beeswax from your oven tray and basting brush wash in hot water.

How to use beeswax wraps

You can use beeswax wraps in practically any way you see fit – for example wrapping cheese.  Just wrap the cheese in the wrap and use the heat from your hands to seal the ends.  Got a leftover bowl of food?  Simply place a beeswax wrap on top and again, using the heat from your hands, seal the wrap around the edges.  The uses are endless!

See my some notes on usage below for some more handy hints.

Beeswax Snack Pouches

beeswax wrap snack pouch

My eldest daughter loves the little snack boxes of raisins.  I’ve found it’s cheaper and less wasteful on the packaging front to buy a big 1 kg bag of raisins and make my own little snack packs of raisins using the beeswax food wraps and a bit of origami.

how to fold beeswax wraps

1. Take a square of beeswax coated fabric and fold diagonally, as in picture two.

2.  Fold down the left hand corner, as in picture 3.

3.  Fold down the left hand corner like in picture 4, lining up the edge with the previous fold.

4.  Fold down the triangle that’s sticking up at the top.

5.  Flip it over and fold down the other triangle.

Open it up and fill with raisins or any other snack of your choice

To seal, fold down the flap on the side that doesn’t have any folds in it, and you’re good to go!

homemade beeswax wrap diy

Beeswax Wraps Usage Tips

The most important thing to remember is beeswax melts at a low-ish temperature – the melting point of beeswax is around 62°C to 64°C, so any use that is going to be around or above that temperature is a big no no.  Think cold.

With that in mind, wash your beexwax food wrap in cold soapy water using a gentle eco friendly washing up liquid, like Ecover, Bio D or Method.  Avoid using alcohol based washing up liquid as it can degrade your beeswax.  Leave to air dry, and don’t leave it on your radiator to dry!

Don’t put your wraps in your dishwasher or washing machine.  And definitely not your tumble drier!

Like cling film, your beeswax wrap is for food storage only – don’t use it in your oven or microwave.  The beeswax will melt and will leave a big mess that won’t be fun to clean up.

beeswax food wrap

I wouldn’t let your beeswax food wrap come in direct contact with raw meat, as you can’t wash your wrap in hot water or sterilise it.  If you want to store raw meat using your wrap, I would put the meat in a bowl and use the wrap to cover the bowl.

Don’t use your wrap directly on to hot food.  Let the food cool first before wrapping it.

You can freeze your fabric wraps.  I wouldn’t use it for long term freezer storage though – only for food you plan on freezing in the short term.  I would suggest no longer than one month.

When your beeswax food wrap stops losing the ability to fold, simply wash and re-wax it in the same manner as above.

Have fun making these wraps – it’s really good fun!

30 comments

  1. This is awesome – definitely going to try making some! I also plan to make the beeswax nappy balm from way back on your blog – so the beeswax will come in very handy!

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  2. Thanks for the handy reminder that I really must try this some day. I have got all the stuff I need, just need to make the time to actually do it!

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  3. Love this. We saw some of these in the US but were quite expensive and of course I wanted all three sizes! So this guide is brilliant, and I have lots of pretty Liberty Fabric waiting for a project like this! Thanks for sharing :)

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    • My pleasure Jeska! I only meant to make three wraps but I ended up making about 10 – was quite addictive once I started making them! Also seemed like a lovely and practical way to use my leftover Liberty squares! Hope you enjoy making them!

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  5. I wish I’s drew this article before I spent £45 on shop bought beeswax wraps! I will be making my own in future though, thank you.

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  6. What a brilliant idea. Silly question do you need to coat both sides of the fabric with the beeswax?
    Just love readying your blog, thank you for sharing your ideas.
    Karen

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    • Hi Karen, I’ve found the beeswax generally seeps through to the other side of the fabric in the oven, but if it’s looking patchy simply add a bit more beeswax and pop back in the oven. Good luck!

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  7. Hi! Do you find that if you used a wrap to transport a sandwich that the beeswax can be tasted on the sandwich? Thank you!

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  8. Thank you for this article ! I made 10 bees wax wraps from different sizes for less than 20e which is absolutely nothing compared to what they cost if you buy them already made :) I have fabric leftovers and still a ton of bees wax I’m gonna use to make candles. Plus the where super fun and easy to make. Love it! :D

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  10. Yes, I too was wondering how much bees wax would be needed and if you sew the edges to stop them fraying.
    Great article, Thank you :0)

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    • Hi Andie,

      I’ve not found a need to sew the edges to stop fraying, as the wax seems to do a good enough job at stopping that – but by all means you could sew the edges just to be sure! I’ve found a generous handful of beeswax is sufficient – it all depends on how big the size of your fabric is. If you find that when the beeswax melts and it’s not enough to saturate the fabric, just add some more until the fabric is saturated.

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  14. Anne-Grethe Jensen
    April 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Has anyone done this in a gas oven? I worry about the cloth catching fire in a gas oven, but I’d really like to try making some.

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    • You can place fabric between 2 sheets of parchment and iron on low. Use an old towel so you don’t get wax on ironing board fabric as wax will ooze out.

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  15. These seem like an excellent idea.
    But I’d like to comment that both baking parchment and foil can be re-used lots of times. Foil can be washed like normal washing-up and parchment just rinsed under the tap. It’s fragile when wet but drape it over the tap or whatever and it soon dries.

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