Make your own Beeswax Food Wraps in 5 Easy Steps

These beeswax food wraps are a biodegradable replacement for plastic wrap. They are great for covering leftovers, holding snacks on the go, and general food storage. The best part? They are 100% compostable and can be made vegan by simply using soy or candelilla wax instead of beeswax.

Note: This is an updated post. Our initial post included grating beeswax by hand if you are using beeswax bars. After some more experimentation we found that melting the whole bar and painting it directly on the fabric was the best, easiest method for wax bars.

How to Care for Your Food Wraps

These beeswax food wraps can last for 3 months to a year, depending on care and use. Follow these practices to extend the life of your food wrap.

  • Wash with cold water and a gentle soap as needed
  • Keep away from heat to prevent melting
  • Do not microwave or heat
  • Store unused wraps flat in a drawer

If your wrap begins to loose form or does not stick to surfaces anymore, it can be re-waxed. Follow steps 2 to 5 listed below. When the cloth itself appears worn out, it’s time to compost it. Simply cut it into strips and toss into your compost bin.

You Will Need:

  • Beeswax (2 oz bar or 1/4 cup)
  • One 8″ x 11″ sheet of 100% Cotton Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Baking sheet
  • Tongs

Before you Begin:

We recommend designating some utensils for working with beeswax. Wax can be scraped off utensils and equipment using hot water, but we find it to be difficult and very time consuming. Having a set of wax equipment means you can use them over and over again without worrying about using your kitchen utensils. Choose a paintbrush that can take some wear and tear to avoid ending up with bristles stuck to your food wrap.

  1. Select and cut your fabric. We love upcycling the fabric from old clothing to make our food wraps. You can cut the fabric to any size you like, though we recommend an 8″ x 11″ sheet, the average size of a piece of paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 200. Heat beeswax in microwave until fully melted. Use a towel/oven mitt and take care when removing from the microwave, as the bowl will be extremely hot.

  3. Place cloth on baking tray. Using a paintbrush, brush melted wax over cloth until the whole piece is covered. Turn over and repeat on the other side.
  4. Place in oven for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the wax to spread out and create a smooth, even finish.
  5. Take out of the oven. Using tongs, pick up the wax wrap and lightly wave it in the air for approximate one minute. Do not leave your wrap in the baking tray to dry, as the wax will stick to it and ruin the smooth finish.

  6. You know your wrap contains enough beeswax when it sticks to itself. If not, repeat steps 3 to 5 until it does. Depending on the thickness of your fabric, the amount of beeswax you will need varies.
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