By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Trying to cut down on your plastic use? Or maybe you lost another lid for a food storage container. Beeswax wraps are a handy DIY project that work great as temporary coverings. Since there are so many different styles of fabric, these also can be made as personalized gifts. This tutorial will show you how to make your own.
- Rice cooker
- Jojoba oil
- Cotton fabric
- Measuring tape
- Silicone spatula
- Sewing pins or Fabric weights
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Pinking Shears (optional)
Before starting make sure you can safely attempt this craft. Hot wax can burn you! If needed, seek out assistance.
To make these wraps you will need 100% cotton fabric.
Find storage containers in need of lids or use lids to gauge what size to make your wraps.
Measure around your containers and/or lids. The seam allowance you add is the amount you want hanging over the edges.
I made three different sized wraps-5”x5”, 8”x8” and 9”x11”.
Cut out however many you want. I made extra to give away as a housewarming gift.
Beeswax is more pliable wax so the wraps will bend from the heat of your hands. I used pellets because they are easier to work with. Jojoba oil makes the wraps more pliable.
I mixed one cup of beeswax and two tablespoons of jojoba oil.
Using a rice cooker is an easy way to melt your wax and oil. I highly recommend using one dedicated to messy crafts. That way you don’t get inedible ingredients into your food.
Melt your wax mixture. Be careful-wax can burn you!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place fabric on top. Using a silicone spatula, paint the wax onto the fabric.
Once completely coated, place another piece of parchment paper on top. Using an iron on cotton setting, gently iron over the parchment paper. Once the iron has completely cooled you can wipe it clean with a hot washcloth. Better yet, have a thrifted iron to use for messy crafts.
After ironing, check to see if your fabric is completely coated in an even level of wax.
If not, you can add more wax and iron the fabric again.
Place coated fabric on a sheet of cardboard to dry.
Cur around fabric edges to give your wraps a smooth edge. I used pinking shears to give mine a more professional look. Afterwards I rinsed the shears in hot water to remove the wax.
Now you have a stack of beeswax wraps to use or to give away.
To cover storage containers, press the wraps around the edges until the heat from your hands melts the wax just enough to mold around them.
I use mine to cover veggies as well.
To clean them, run the wraps under cold water. Place on flat surface and use your hands to flatten the wraps.