As you may have read in my post about becoming more eco friendly at home we have been moving away from using plastic and started using Beeswax Wraps.
I really like them – but buying them pre-made can be very expensive! This is even more the case if you don’t treat them with due care – as they can need to be replaced regularly.
A friend and I had long discussed trying to make our own wraps and scheduled an eco-craft play date to give it a go. Safe to say that we were both stunned by just how quick and easy it was as we each had a selection of wraps ready within an hour!
What you’ll need:
🐝 100% cotton fabric cut to the size/shape of your choice (pinking sheared edges add a nice touch but are entirely optional)
⭐️ Greaseproof paper/baking parchment
🐝 An old towel
⭐️ An iron
🐝 Optional: pine resin for scent and jojoba oil for flexibility (we used both but it appears that these are quite expensive ingredients which don’t appear to make a significant difference to the finished product. Indeed, personally I found the pine scent a little off putting and wouldn’t use it again.)
1. Heat your iron.
2. Lay your towel down to protect your working surface from the wax and heat of the iron.
3. Place greaseproof paper over the towel.
4. Put you cotton fabric on top of the paper.
5. Sprinkle on wax pellets / grated wax (see photo for density).
6. If required, sprinkle on a little pine resin and a dot a few drops of jojoba across the fabric.
7. Put more greaseproof paper over the top so the whole surface is covered
8. Iron the area with the fabric. You’ll be able to see the fabric pattern go dark and become visible through the paper as the wax melts.
9. Once you can see the whole cut of fabric through the paper, lift off the greaseproof and check for unwaxed gaps. Sprinkle on a few extra pellets and iron that area again until completely waxed (see photo).
10. Once all areas are waxed, pick up the material by the corners of the fabric and wave it about until dry (about 30 seconds). Lay it somewhere clean.
11. Admire your handy work and then move on to the next piece of fabric, being sure to use a new piece of greaseproof paper.
That’s it! Really simple! Takes about 10-15 minutes to do each sheet.
I used one of mine today to wrap up some birthday cake to eat on the train… it worked a treat! 😀
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