Do you like the idea of swapping your plastic kitchen wraps for a more eco friendly option? Why not try your hand making your own reusable beeswax wraps.
Australian beeswax blend logs made in northern NSW and are perfectly shaped square logs. The colours may vary as different wax collections have different tones. Each log should be sufficient to make at least 0.5 square meters of fabric into your very own reusable beeswax wraps.
Pure Australian Beeswax, Macadamia Oil & Pine Resin, when heated & applied to cloth, transfers the anti-microbial qualities of beeswax & anti-fungal properties of resin & oil.
Each block should yield enough wax to cover approximately a square meter of cloth (roughly enough to cover a loaf of bread, cheese, bowls & a couple of jars).
There are many ways to making your own reusable wraps, here are some tips & tools using some generic kitchen utensils.
Tips & Tools to Make Your Own!
- Up to .5m 100% cotton fabric
- Baking tray
- Baking paper
- Paint or Pastry brush (with natural fibres)
- Cheese grater
- DIY Beeswax Blend Log
- Set your oven to 100 degrees Celsius. Prepare fabric, making sure it is 100% cotton (synthetic blends will not absorb wax medium)
- Cut the baking paper to the size of your baking tray & lay the paper on the tray.
- Cut or tear your fabric to your desired size. You will need to use your baking tray as a guide & lay your cloth on the baking paper. Perhaps start to think about how you will be using your self made reusable wraps!
- Grate the Beeswax Log slowly over the cloth, like you would when making pizza!
- Place your baking tray in the oven & observe.
- Remove from the oven when all of the wax has melted & become a liquid. Use your paint or pastry brush to spread the wax evenly.
- Repeat steps 5 & 6 until the fabric is evenly infused. Feel free to add more wax if needed or collect the run off wax.
- Using your tongs, remove the cloth from the baking paper before it starts to set & hang to cure
- Keep the baking paper to catch excess wax & use again.
- Melted beeswax is HOT. Make sure you are using tongs when handling hot fabric
- Keep away from open flame
- Take your time & enjoy the process!