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Make Your own Beeswax Wrap

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Before you get started

Making your own beeswax wrap requires the use of a heated oven and scissors. 

Adult supervision is required for this activity. 

Beeswax wraps are great for covering cold and room temperature foods that will be eaten within a few hours, or up to one day later, which makes them perfect for packing same-day lunches. Do not use beeswax wraps on highly perishable foods or foods that you plan on keeping for more than a day.


• cosmetic-grade beeswax pellets
• 100% cotton fabric
• scissors
• clean paint brush (be sure to use one that you do not need for another use as the wax will dry and cling to the bristles)
• parchment paper
• baking sheet
• oven safe mitts and tongs
• a hanger and clothespins (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 200° fahrenheight or to its lowest setting. 
  2. Using your scissors, cut the fabric into desired sizes. Just make sure they are small enough to lay flat on your baking sheet.
  3. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper then lay your fabric in a single layer on top. 
  4. Sprinkle a liberal layer of beeswax pellets over the fabric, making sure some pellets get close to the edges of the fabric.
  5. Place the baking sheet into the oven for about 5 minutes. Using oven mitts, carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven as soon as the pellets have fully melted. 
  6. Use your paint brush to spread the melted beeswax in a thin, even layer over the fabric.
  7. Using tongs, remove the fabric from the baking sheet. Let it dry beeswax side up over the back of a chair, on a cooling rack, or by using clothespins to clip it to a hanger.
  8. Once your beeswax wrap has cooled and set, you can use it to cover food containers, wrap sandwiches, and more! Be sure to wash it in cool water with a mild dish soap and hang to dry.

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