Happy Thursday! Popping by with a really simple project for the makers out there today, that is of course, if you haven’t already made them. We use our beeswax wraps all the time; there’s something so satisfying about making something yourself and having that something be reusable, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and beautiful.
These also make really sweet homemade gifts!
What you’ll need
- Pretty cotton fabric
- Yellow beeswax pellets (I source mine from here – the 250g packet makes approximately 4 large and 4 small wraps)
- A basting brush
- And some baking paper to work on.
Step one: First, start off by washing your fabric to make sure you get rid of all the manufacturing chemicals and dye that might be present, then dry.
Step two: Pop your beeswax pellets in a glass jar or bowl over boiling water on your stovetop and continue boiling them until fully melted.
Step three: Cut up your fabric into appropriate sizing. The best way to do this is to grab different sized bowls, jars and plates you have at home and cut squares to cover the surface area. Don’t worry too much about getting the cut perfect — once you add the beeswax and the material hardens, it’s much easier to cut edges and shapes you desire. Lay them out on sheets of baking paper ready to add the melted beeswax.
Step four: Begin the process of “painting” your beeswax onto the fabric bits, making sure you use a generous amount with each application so it absorbs all the way through the material. You’ll get a feel for it soon enough.
Step five: Allow the beeswax to fully firm up, cutting edges or better shapes as needed and they are good to go!
The beeswax has a great amount of stick, so once you press the sides firmly down, they easily stick to your jar or bowl. A little note about washing them: Obviously, the beeswax will melt again under high heat so be sure to wash them in a mild-temperature soapy water to clean them between uses.
Package them up with simple twine and a sprig of rosemary to gift teachers, neighbours or friends this Christmas.
Beautiful, practical and homemade, my favourite things!