Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps - Everyday Essentials

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Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps

If you’re looking for an easy way to cut out plastics, then this DIY is for you! By using natural ingredients, you can create a reusable, eco-friendly Beeswax Wraps. It’ll keep your food fresh, whether it’s covering leftovers in your fridge or wrapping your sandwiches for lunch. To start, you’ll just need to choose 100% cotton woven fabric. The best part is you can choose fun prints and colors to go with your decor.

DIY beeswax wraps

DIY Beeswax Wraps

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of Beeswax
  • 2 Tbsp Pine resin
  • 2 Tbsp Jojoba oil
  • Large glass jar
  • Pot to boil water in
  • Baking Tray
  • Baking paper or aluminum foil
  • Soft bristle brush

What you’ll do:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Cut your fabric into desired sizes.
  3. Boil a pot of water on the stove, then reduce to a simmer to keep the water hot.
  4. Fill a glass jar with your Beeswax, Tree resin, and Jojoba oil. Set the jar into the pot of simmering water and stir until the mixture melts.
  5. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil or baking paper. Lay your pieces of fabric on top.
  6. Put 2-3 Tbsp of your wax mixture on your fabric.
  7. Put your tray in the oven for a couple of minutes to let the wax to melt completely.
  8. Take your tray out of the oven and use a brush to evenly spread your mixture over the fabric, making sure to soak all four corners and the edges.
  9. Hang your fabric to dry, about 5-10 minutes.
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68 thoughts on “Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps”

    1. Absolutely. If you find that the final product is too loose and not sticky enough, try adding more beeswax to compensate. If it’s too hard, you can lighten up on the beeswax.

  • Hi! Thanks for the recipe. Specific Question: before putting the fabric in the oven you brush the wax on only one side of the square? When you remove it you’ll take the melted wax from the pot on the stove to brush the other side, making sure that all corners and side are waxed and then hang to dry? Thanks so much- love you guys at PT!

  • I was going to buy something like this but will definitely try this recipe to make my own first!

  • Excited to give these a try. I have wanted to make them for quite some time, but I was never sure what recipe/technique was the best method. I think that the pine resin might be the crucial ingredient.

  • Very interesting recipe, I will go to my local bee farm to get the beeswax and order the pine resin to give this a try, thank you

  • Oooh, I’ve wanted to make these. Just gotta get some pine resin and I’m all over this!

  • So you only need to do one side of the fabric? Also, any idea of how many fabric pieces this will make?

    1. You would only need to do one side and how many fabric pieces you get out of the mixture is going to depend on the size that you have cut out to.

  • Ooo, thank you for this post! I’ve been looking up differing ways to make beeswax wraps, and I was pleasantly surprised to come across your post–thank you for the information and tips!

  • Wow! I had no idea these were so simple to make. We rarely use disposable plastic anyway but sometimes there isn’t a good substitute for plastic wrap. Thank you for posting!

  • Thank you PT for this! I have been trying to move my family and our house from plastic to more natural, eco friendly alternatives. My daughter will enjoy making these!

  • I have tried to make these several times without success, but never used pine resin. Thank you for the tip PT, I’m going to try again!

  • Thanks for sharing. I have made these before and find that they are a good substitute for plastic wraps. I use mine all the time.

  • This is awesome! Seems kinda compacted but I think I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • Awesome, thank you for this! I didn’t know it was so easy to make these. I’ve wanted to get some but the price always prevents me from buying them. Now I can make my own. I love this!

  • I love this! I always see them in the store and wanted to try them but I idea of making my own is even more appealing! Thanks for the recipe and inspo! ❤️

  • I just ordered the pine resin!!! Can’t wait to give these a try. I dislike plastic waste sooo much!! Thank you for helping us help the earth.

  • AWESOME! I have always wanted to try these wraps, but the idea of making my own may just push me to do it!

  • Thanks PT. I have been thinking about making some of these for my glass bowls that do not have lids. I absolutely do not like using plastic wrap for food because it gives off toxic fumes that get into the food. Yuck! Now to find tree/pine resin. Is there a reason for the pine resin or can I leave that out if I cannot find any?

    1. Pine resin is what gives it the slight tackiness that helps it stick to itself and the rims of bowls. You can still try it without the resin, but the results might be different. Also, you can purchase the pine resin on Amazon.

      1. Thank you. That would be much easier than hugging a pine tree and asking it if you can barrow some sap to keep the earth clean of plastic.

  • This sounds interesting! What is pine resin and where do I get it, and what is the purpose of the pine resin? Tia!

  • I made these last year for Mothers Day gifts (just without the resin). I saved a few for myself. I love wrapping fruits and cheeses up for a quick throw-in-my-purse snack!

  • I am going to try this, but want to use something other than beeswax. Have a lot of vegan friends. Are there any alternatives that are just as pliable?

    1. I can’t wait to try this! I will have to add some beeswax and Jojoba oil to my next order! Are there any oils you could substitute for the pine resin?

      1. Pine Resin is the ingredient that gives the wraps a tackiness that mimics plastic wrap, so there’s not really a substitute for it. It is available on Amazon though!

  • This is a cool and crafty idea. I like how you can personalize the wraps for your own taste with your choice of fabric instead of being confined to what you can purchase in store.

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