- Thin, 100% organic cotton fabric, cut to 8×8 in. squares or circles.
- Organic beeswax, grated
- Powdered pine resin (avaialble for purchase online)
- New paintbrush (that will be used for this purpose only)
- Cheese grater (used exclusively for beeswax)
- Pinking shears (optional, but will help keep your fabric from unraveling at the edges )
- Baking sheet (that will be used for this purpose only)
- Parchment paper
- Preheat your oven to 225° F.
- Place parchment paper on your baking sheet then lay your fabric square(s) in a single layer on top.
- Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons pine resin, and 2 teaspoons grated beeswax over the fabric as evenly as you can.
- Place your sheet in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until you can see that all the ingredients have melted.
- Use your paintbrush to smooth out the mixture all over the sheet. You want a thin, even coating.
- Place the sheet back in the oven for 1-2 more minutes.
- Use tongs to pick the fabric sheet off the tray and wave it gently back and forth for a few seconds to dry. (It will cool off pretty quickly.)
- Hang your new beeswax wrap over a bowl or cup, on a line, or from a hanger and allow 24 hours to fully dry. Your wraps should last about a year with proper care.
Tips & Tricks:
- If the coating is too thick and has begun to dry, place sheets back in the oven to let the coating re-melt. Remove the excess coating using the paintbrush.
- When you need to clean a wrap, simply rinse in cold water with a mild soap (we suggest castile) and allow to air dry before the next use. Don’t use hot water to clean—it will melt the wax!
- Avoid using your wraps directly on food items like meat that would require a hot water wash to sanitize the wrap.
- Need a little more closure? Add a rubber band or tie a string over the wrap.
- This project can be messy, so dedicate an exclusive paintbrush, grater, and baking sheet to beeswax wrap making.
- Old beeswax wraps make great fire starters (and repurposing them makes them 100% zero-waste).