Today I’m sharing another simple DIY for Plastic Free July. And I’m buzzing with excitement about this one (eye roll)! My friend Rhi found a tutorial for beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic cling wrap and we tried it out a couple of weekends ago.
It’s super easy and goes a long way to helping you avoid using plastic cling wrap to store leftover food.
Here’s what you will need:
- Squares of cotton in any colour or pattern. We found our fabrics in the scrap bin at our local materials store – a perfect way to use material that might be too small for other uses. We chose some fun bright and floral patterns.
- Beeswax. We found ours in the local hardway store, but it’s also on eBay.
- A couple of sheets of baking paper. Rhi is such a trooper, she even kept the baking paper for further reuse!
- A grater.
- An iron and ironing board.
1. Cut your cotton into squares (if it’s not already).
Cut squares of different sizes to suit your needs – some small and some large.
2. Grate down your beeswax.
3. Lay a square of cotton on the ironing board.
Patterned side down, on top of a sheet of baking paper
4. Sprinkle a layer of beeswax on top of the cotton.
5. Place the second sheet of baking paper on top.
The cotton and beeswax should now be sandwiched in baking paper.
6. Iron away!
Run the iron (set almost to the highest setting) lightly over the top of the baking paper-cotton-beeswax-baking paper sandwich until the beeswax melts.
Make sure to take the iron over the edges of the cotton.
7. Remove the beeswax wraps from the baking paper right away.
It should be coated in beeswax and somewhat soggy.
8. Hang on the line to dry.
…Until the square holds its shape.
9. Add more beeswax if needed.
Holding your beeswax wrap up to the light, you will be able to see if any areas need more beeswax – those areas will be lighter in colour.
If so, repeat steps 3 – 8!
10. Wrap your leftover food!
Beeswax has antibacterial properties which helps keep your food fresh!
To clean, simply wipe with cold water and hang on the line. After time, you may need to re-coat the wraps with beeswax.