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Beeswax Food Wraps

Course diy
Cuisine none
Keyword beeswax food wraps, beeswax wraps, beeswraps
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Author Amy

Equipment

  • Iron
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors

Ingredients

Instructions

Method 1:

  • Wash and dry your fabric. Cut into desired size with fabric scissors. You may need to iron your fabric so it doesn’t have wrinkles.
  • Preheat your oven to warm or 150 degrees F, or the lowest setting possible.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.
  • Place your fabric on your covered cookie sheet.
  • Using grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles, sprinkle beeswax on top of your fabric.
  • Place your cookie sheet into a preheated 150 degree Fahrenheit oven or the lowest setting your oven has.
  • Allow the beeswax to melt. This takes approximately 8 minutes. The beeswax will begin to soak into the fabric. 
  • Using your paintbrush or silicon spatula, spread the wax evenly over the fabric.
  • Hang the beeswax-coated fabric over your kitchen clothesline for a few minutes and allow it to cool.
  • Once cooled, your beeswax fabric is ready to be used right away!

Method 2:

  • Wash and dry fabric.
  • Heat iron on cotton setting. 
  • Iron the fabric, if needed.
  • Iron the fabric, if needed.
  • Cut out a piece of fabric slightly larger than the size of wrap you desire.
  • Cut out a piece of fabric slightly larger than the size of wrap you desire.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper that is bigger than your fabric down on a ironing board. Place the fabric on top.
  • Sprinkle grated beeswax (or beeswax pellets) over the fabric evenly. 
  • Take another piece of parchment paper, larger than the fabric, and place on top of the fabric and beeswax.
  • Place warm iron on top of the parchment paper, holding it in place for a few seconds until the beeswax melts into the fabric. Move iron over the fabric until all of the beeswax is melted.
  • Pull up parchment paper and see if there are any spots that do not have any beeswax.
  • Sprinkle beeswax on bare spots, cover with the parchment paper, and then iron it again.
  • Pull the fabric off the parchment paper and hang to dry. It doesn’t take very long for the fabric to dry.

Notes

  • I found that spreading the beeswax over the fabric worked best while the cookie sheet was still in the oven. I worked rapidly, as this cools quite quickly.
  • Beeswax melts at 147 degrees F and is flammable, so it's highly recommended to heed the low oven temperature!
  • Thinner fabrics work better. 
  • Cover the cookie sheet with tin foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup.
  • You will need a place to hang the fabric to cool. I tied a piece of string between two cupboards in the kitchen.
  • I found method two much easier.