#DIY – It’s a (Bees Wax) Wrap

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Posted by on March 26, 2015

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From the minute Lee Delaney began her demonstration at the recent Less is More Festival my focus was to gather all the information together to share with you. Fun, quirky and once you have your equipment together, all done in under 15 minutes.

Awesome!

Bees Wax Wraps keep food fresh, eliminating the use of single-use plastic.Ā With 5 trillion pieces of plastic estimated to be floating around in our oceans and studies beginning to prove how storing food in plastic is detrimental to our health (read more on that here), it is time for alternatives.

So invite your friends over, source some Funky Fabric and #letsgetcreative.

You will need:

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    • Cotton material
    • Pinking shears to cut material – this prevents fraying
    • Bees wax
    • Grater – which will only be used for bees wax once you begin
    • Container
    • Grease proof paper
    • Iron
    • Ironing board
    • Old sheets or materialĀ suitable to protect your ironing board

 

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Step One – Preparation

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      • Prepare your pieces of material, 30X30cm will cover most requirements

Lee recommends to use 100% cotton and had the great suggestion of reusing bed sheets which are no longer needed.Ā Cutting your material with pinking shears gives a zig-zag edge and isĀ a quick and easy method to prevent fraying.

      • Grate your bees wax into a container

This is the most strenuous and time consuming part of the process.
Bees wax can be sourced at Local Farmers Markets or alternatively there are many online options. Left over bees wax candles are another clever way to recycle, reuse, repurpose

 

Step Two:

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Protect your ironing board by firstly laying down a sheet (folded for extra thickness) before the baking paper (as shown below) and lastly your piece of chosen material.

 

Step Three:

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Sprinkle an even coating of the grated bees wax, allowing approximately 1cm from the edge to remain free to prevent seepage. The even coverage is important as it is the bees wax which seals the material and prevents air from entering, ultimately keeping your food fresh.

 

Step Four:

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Cover with baking paper then begin ironing, medium heat with no steam, until you completely melt the bees wax. Leeā€™s recommendation is to use a separate iron for this part rather than your everyday one. Alternatively you can cover your good iron with foil as shown in image number one.

 

Trouble Shooting:

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Occasionally you might end up with too much wax. If this happens you can place another piece of fabric over the top to soak up the excess – two for the price of one!

 

Step Five:

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Your fabric is now ready to be placed flatĀ to dry and set. This surprisingly, only takes around 10 minutes or so.

 

Handy Tips:

 

      • To prolong the life of your wrap prevent contact with heat (including hot food) which will soften and melt the bees wax. This means they are perfect to store in cool areas, rather than a hot car, or direct sunlight!
      • Use the warmth of your hands to soften and mould the fabric then the coolness of refrigeration to harden the new shape into place
      • Don’t place the bees wax wraps in the washing machine to clean, wipe them with cool/warm water (as apposed to hot) and allow them to dry naturally

 

And that, my friends, is all there is to it – pretty cool arenā€™t they?

 

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These Bees Wax Wraps are perfect for covering containers, wrapping sandwiches, storing cheese and sealing the cut end of fruit and vegetables. This is terrific news for me as early last year CWMS had the Great Plastic Bag Stocktake and shortly after this initial assessment a decision was made to minimiseĀ the use of single-use plastic in our life.Ā Glad wrap had to go. Lunches were already beingĀ wrapped in Sandwich Wraps but storing food, although do-able without reaching for plastic, did pose ongoing challenges. In the end we settled with food being transferred into containers or stored in a bowl with a plate resting over the top to seal.Ā So these Bees Wax Wraps are going to be a welcome addition to our everyday.

 

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The last quirky idea for Bees Wax Wraps is to use them as a ā€˜gift which keeps on givingā€™. Those of you who regularly giveĀ homemade culinary delights, produce, or preserves, can seal with a handmade wrap. Once the initial itemĀ has been enjoyed the receiver still has the wrap which they can continue to use.

These are only a few ideas to get the brain ticking. What else have, or would, you use them for?

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17 Responses to #DIY – It’s a (Bees Wax) Wrap

  1. Katie

    WOW! These are really cool! It all seems very simple. Have you given it a go yet?

    • Shea

      No I haven’t Katie – it is on the list for when we get home. It really did all happen so easily, once set up with all the equipment.

  2. Sue Cox

    Just love these wraps & have made a few with a keen interest to make more. I have read that the addition of ‘pine resin’ helps them to ‘stick’ to the containers that you cover or to itself if wrapping something up. However, I cannot seem to track down where I can source this product from. It is available in America, but they don’t ship it to Australia. Do you have any idea where I might be able to buy some from please?
    Many thanks for your site.
    Kind Regards
    Sue

    • Shea

      Hi Sue, I am sorry I can’t help with where to source ‘pine resin’. The wax wraps I’ve seen and used myself, have been made only with bees wax – this is the first I have heard of pine resin. Good luck with your search…

      • Sue Cox

        Hello Shea
        Thank you so much for your reply, but I have finally managed to track down & order some from the UK. It’s powdered pine rosin (not resin, I got it wrong). So with the addition of jojoba oil (still not sure what this is for, just following the recipe!) also, I’m hoping my wax wraps will be as good as I have bought in the past, but cheaper!

        • Shea

          Well you have taught me something today Sue!

          I can just imagine how excited you were to find the rosin AND have it delivered. Have got everything crossed for you that you enjoy success with your homemade wraps. Thats the beauty of DIY isn’t it – you can have a play, then adjust the recipe along the way to meet your specifications. Good luck…

        • Lisa

          Hi Shea,

          I’m in the same boat you were in a few months ago, trying to source gum rosin and jojoba oil. Did you find that it was worth it for the final product, or not worth the extra effort/expense?

          Thanks!

          • Shea

            Hi Lisa,

            Actually it was another reader who was sourcing these ingredients. Hopefully she has subscribed to these comment and she will be able to answer your question. I am also interested to know how her final product turned out. Keep me posted…X Shea

          • Sue Cox

            Hi Shea & Lisa
            I have finally found time to make some wax wraps with pine rosin & jojoba oil (a little goes a long way) & I was very fortunate to have had some bees wax given to me. The end product is definitely better than just bees wax. I am so happy that I have started this project & just love to use them! I ordered the pine rosin from Fine Cosmetics in the UK 450g around $35, postage included & jojoba oil is easily found online (although I was able to buy it through my work) It’s worth it to me as I really dislike using plastic wrap. I hope this has been helpful.
            Regards
            Sue

          • Shea

            I love reading these updates on your project Sue, can’t thank you enough for taking the time to keep us posted. We have the Honeybee Wraps at the moment and the whole family regularly uses them. Beeswax wraps certainly are such a convenient and easy to use ‘single-use plastic’ replacement. Making my own is definitely on the ‘to do’ list and your tips will be the first place I refer to when I need to order the essentials. X Shea

          • Candice

            Hello,

            I am trouble shooting, some issues I have had making these wraps!! Can you please share your recipe? Can you tell me how you evenly distibuted the ingredients on the cotton material? Did you use white or yellowish wax?Any help you can offer would be appreciated!! Thank you!!

          • Shea

            Hi Candice, when I watched Lee make her wraps she sprinkled an even coating of grated wax to cover her material. She left a 1cm edge free of wax to prevent seepage. Her wax was a yellowish wax.

            There is a lady called Sue who is following this thread. She has had great success making the wraps and might be able to give you some extra tips. Did you see her comment regarding pine resin and jojoba oil?

          • Candice

            Hello!

            Thanks so much! I will double check all the comments,especially from Sue. I have those same 3 ingredients, I am just struggling with correct portions and even distribution.I guess I will try mixing the powder and oil, then tossing the wax in that to get an even mixture:)
            Thanks again.

          • Candice

            Hello!

            Can you please share how much of each ingredient you used and what size fabric?šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜¬ Thanks so much!

          • Nicky

            Hi Sue, I have all the ingredients ready to go but my rosin is powdered not in rock chunks. Do you have reliable recipe and method you could pass on please?

          • Shea

            Hi Nicky, looking forward to hearing how this goes. X Shea

  3. Sue Cox

    I would enjoy to hear from anyone who has their own ideas about wax wraps…

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