Beeswax Wraps

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DIY time again here!  Today I’m showing off my fun new Beeswax Wraps.  They are so fun and so cute!  I have currently made 8 sets, 7 of which I plan to give away for Christmas gifts.  Have you checked the prices of these on Etsy and Amazon?  Kinda silly to purchase them for how simple they are to make and how quickly (and cheaply) you can make your own.

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The big benefit of using beeswax wraps is that they are reusable.  By using these, you will be cutting down the amount of garbage in your kitchen.  Now, I won’t claim to have a fully “green” kitchen in terms of waste, but we do not buy paper towels (haven’t for years).  We also only buy disposable napkins for birthday parties; otherwise we use cloth.  (Be on the look out for a DIY instructional on how to sew your own cloth napkins this month!)  We try to recycle as much as possible and when I go grocery shopping, I try my hardest to remember our reusable grocery bags.  (Every little thing helps!)

For my beeswax wraps, I ordered a pellet version of USDA Organic White Beeswax Pellets from Amazon.  I didn’t want to take the time to have to grate it myself.  Why bother?  If you don’t need as much beeswax, it might be the better route for you to go.  You can get a block of beeswax for $6-8 on Amazon here: Organic Beeswax block.

The bag of pellet beeswax made more sense for me and was still quite cheap, considering I made a bunch of sets (8 sets of 4 beeswax wraps= 32 total wraps).  I still have about 1/3 of my bag of Beeswax pellets left.  The bag cost just under $14 when I ordered it and that makes the price of each set about $1.40 or $.35 each wrap for the wax (math is based on 10 sets, I should be able to still make at least another 2 sets of 4 wraps).  I had a bunch of fabric laying around from other projects, needing to be used.  So for me, that isn’t something I had to factor into my cost.  If you are going to be purchasing fabric for your wraps, make sure it’s 100% cotton and try to find it on sale.  JoAnn Fabrics has sales practically every-other week.  Try to hold off and find a coupon that is 40-60% off a single item.  This will reduce your cost of fabric drastically!

As mentioned above, I made these for Christmas gifts.  These would be perfect for your kid’s teachers, friends, family, co-workers, etc…  They are super quick and easy to make if you are running a little late on getting something for a gift.  They are also very unique and I’m sure will be well-received by anyone you give it to.

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Beeswax Wraps
Supplies:

Pinking Shears (zigzag scissors)
Fabric
Beeswax Pellets
Iron
Wax Paper

Directions:
1.  Use a bowl bigger then your desired wrap and trace the circle on your fabric (I used a pen, but there are fabric markers and chalk out there).  Cut out the circle with the pinking shears.  Using a pinking shears prevents the fabric from fraying.  Repeat until you have cut out your desired number of wraps.  Note- you can also cut squares of your desired size wrap.
2. Heat iron to medium-high heat.  On your ironing board (or place a folded bath/beach towel on the floor), place a piece of wax paper bigger then your pre-cut fabric.  Rip a second piece of wax paper.  (You will be sandwiching your fabric and beeswax between the pieces of wax paper).
3. Place 1 piece of fabric on top of the first layer of wax paper.  Slightly scatter your beeswax pellets or grated beeswax on top of your fabric.  Place second piece of wax paper on top.
4. Using your iron, iron on top of the sandwiched pile of wax paper-fabric-beeswax-wax paper.  This will melt the beeswax into your fabric.  Continue to move your iron to melt the remaining beeswax.  Allow to cool for a minute and check your fabric to make sure you have saturated the entire piece with beeswax.  If you need more beeswax, add a little more and melt with your iron in the same process above.  If you have used to much beeswax, use iron to squeeze the excess towards the edges of your fabric and onto the wax paper.  Repeat until all your wraps have been saturated with beeswax.

To use: using the heat from your hands, gently mold your wraps to the top of bowls or wrap around food items like breads, cheeses, fruits.

*Notes:
do not microwave.  Do not use with raw meats.

To clean: use a very small amount dish soap and cold water.  Do not use warm or hot water as this will melt the wax again.  Allow to dry (best to hang to dry).  Do not put into dryer!

Below is an example of a “set” I made.  There are 2 circles with diameters of 9 inches and 11.5 inches.  There are also two square wraps.  One is 8 inches squared and the other is 12-12.5 inches along each side.  Feel free to make whatever sizes will suit you best!

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If your beeswax wraps are showing signs of being well-loved, add a little more wax by following the process above to restore them back to their prime condition.

Notes:  If you are not comfortable using your clothes iron to make this, there are also tutorials on how to melt the wax on top of your fabric in the oven.  I did not do this method, so I would suggest a Google or Pinterest search to find another tutorial for specific instructions for that method.

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All of my beeswax wraps completed!

Have you ever seen beeswax wraps before?  What other products do you use or avoid to strive for a more “green” kitchen?

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