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My friend, who is originally from Canada, walked into our canteen at my dance company with a weird looking something around her plate with leftover dinner, and I was curious to what this was. She explained to me that this was called a 'Beeswax Wrap'. You fold it around your plate, sandwich, tupperware (how many lids did you loose already?... ;) ) etc. and with the help of your warm hands, the beeswax will melt a little and will stick together, just like regular plastic wrap. The great thing about this is that you can reuse them. (Yay for the environment, Yay for saving money!) Just rinse them off underneath some cold water, and you're good to go.

I already try to make small changes in my life that help me reduce using plastic. And this sounded like a great opportunity to reduce my use of plastic some more.

I was super excited to buy some of these beeswax wraps, but I couldn't find them in any shop in the Netherlands, so I decided to make some myself. (Which is also a lot cheaper, yay!) It costed me about 7 euros to make 5 beeswax wraps and making these isn't hard at all! (Yay again! ;) )

Step 1: Supplies

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What you will need:

I couldn't find any whole pieces or flakes of beeswax in the stores in my neighborhood, so instead I bought a candle made out of 100% beeswax in my local eco-friendly grocery store. Which works totally fine as well. You could also go to a beekeeper, for 100% pure beeswax, which would be even more awesome but a little bit more effort.

I love this and would love to make these. Would it work if you melted the wax in a pan and put the fabric in, covering both sides and laying flat in between the parchment paper to cool? Thanks for your input.
NoBoxEver1 year ago

In the US we can buy 18" sq pieces of fabric called 'fat quarters.' From this size one can make four 9x9 wraps, or a single 18' sq wrap. My local herbalist sells loose crumbs of beeswax, which shortens the time needed to rasp big chunks.

cribworks1 year ago

looks nice

Katrienn (author)  cribworks1 year ago

Thank you!

I see you just shared this a few weeks ago. How have they been working out for you?
I too have thought about investing in some of the commercially sold ones, but didn't know if they really worked. With this instructable, I find I have everything I need to make my own - including a large bag of beeswax pellets (because I also make my own soap).

Katrienn (author)  sunriderksy1 year ago

I have used them quite a few times now. I mainly use the biggest ones. They don't stick together perfectly, so you could add some resin as suggested in the comments below to make it stick more. I'm not completely sure if that helps or not, as I didn't try it myself yet. Most of the time, especially if they are big enough you don't need a rubber band, but sometimes I use one to keep the wrap more in place. They clean very easily. I make my dinner for a few days all at ones, so I mainly use them around the pre-made plates/bowls to keep the dinner fresh, which works really nice! If you decide on making some, feel free to send me a picture and what you think! I would love to see the results.!

Thanks for this. Always wanted to try these but didn't want to spend $30 on the readymade ones I used some cotton from my stash and serged the edges then grated a beeswax mini lite that had been in a package in the drawer for many years. Total cost $0! One tea light was enough to make two 10 x 10 in squares

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Katrienn (author)  DominiqueR21 year ago

Wauw beautiful fabric used!! Hope you like them. Thank you for sharing, super nice to hear and sea. It's really appreciated!

hellohilly1 year ago

you can also add a bit of pine resin to the recipe to make the wrap clingy.

That's interesting! Just collect some resin from a "bleeding" pine and then what, grating it together with the wax? How much should I use? Does it get sticky, stiffer, or more malleable?

tim_n1 year ago
How easy are they to clean? I use beeswax for my leather tankards, but I can't imagine it's easy to get red sauce off them etc.
Katrienn (author)  tim_n1 year ago

They are very easy to clean! As said in the instructable, you just rinse them under some cold (or at least not too warm so the beeswax doesn't melt) water and you can also use a cloth to wipe it clean!

I think you meant, "at least not too warm so the beeswax doesn't melt." Right?

Katrienn (author)  imerrymary1 year ago

Yes! Thank you for pointing it out! I corrected it. :)

attosa1 year ago

Yay! I love this! Well done :)

Katrienn (author)  attosa1 year ago

Thank you! Glad you like it :)

jprussack1 year ago
Beautifully done! Thank you!
Katrienn (author)  jprussack1 year ago

Thank you for your nice comment!

Such gorgeous photos! I've been meaning to try this out for a long time. :)

Katrienn (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago

Thank you!! If you decide on making some, feel free to send me a picture! I'd love to see the result. :)

If you use pinking shears (the scissors that make a zig-zag pattern as you cut) to cut your fabric, that helps minimize loose threads on the edges. I have made various shapes and sizes of wraps for different uses—squares, circles and rectangles. They also make handy sandwich wraps :)
Katrienn (author)  Myothercarisawyvern1 year ago

That is a great idea! I will for sure do that next time, thank you!

Mihsin1 year ago

It's close to midnight now in Beirut and my wife is in bed. I'll tell her about your Beaswax Wrap and help her to explore one wrap. I love the idea and will ask my wife to share it with her seven sisters.

Katrienn (author)  Mihsin1 year ago
I would love to see the end result!!
seamster1 year ago

This is a really neat idea! And an excellent first instructable too. Very well done, thank you for sharing! :)

Katrienn (author)  seamster1 year ago
Thank YOU for the nice comment! I will be back for more instructables, really enjoyed making this first one. :)