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
• 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)
- Preheat your oven to 200° fahrenheight or to its lowest setting.
- Using your scissors, cut the fabric into desired sizes. Just make sure they are small enough to lay flat on your baking sheet.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper then lay your fabric in a single layer on top.
- Sprinkle a liberal layer of beeswax pellets over the fabric, making sure some pellets get close to the edges of the fabric.
- 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.
- Use your paint brush to spread the melted beeswax in a thin, even layer over the fabric.
- 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.
- 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.