Homemade Bee's Wax Wraps
These are an excellent alternative to those small plastic bags or cling wrap. These wraps are super easy to make are a great way to cut down on waste and plastic in your home.
Since it is currently the holiday season a bunch of these would make an excellent homemade gift for anyone who enjoys simple natural living or is conscious of the environment. However, these are so helpful around the house I think everyone could enjoy these.
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You will need:
You can really use any light fabric you have around the house. I have used old receiving blankets, 100% cotton swaddle blankets, and even an old sheet. However, keep in mind - the lighter the better.
Preheat the oven to 200F.
Cut your fabric using regular fabric scissors or pinking shears into whatever sizes and shapes you prefer.
Grab your baking tray and place a small amount of bee's wax onto the tray.
Place your fabric pieces on top and then cover with bee's wax. (just enough so when it melts it will be fully coated)
Place in the oven. Don't walk away! The wax will melt quickly and will burn if you aren't watching. Please don't burn your house down...
Once all the wax is melted pull the tray out and carefully pick up each piece of fabric and wave it slightly until you feel it start to harden. This should only take about 30 seconds. Then place it down to finish drying. I like to hold mine above the tray because a small amount of wax may drip off.
Allow to cool completely and then they are ready to use!
Be sure to wipe out and clean your baking tray as soon as possible. Wax isn't the most enjoyable thing to clean up after it has hardened. If it does just put it back in the oven to melt the wax then pull out and wash immediately with soap and warm water.
How to use them:
Place the wrap over the container you need to cover. Hold it in place and use the warmth of your hands to keep it in place for a second or two. Then you're done!
Or place the item in the middle of the wrap and fold the wrap over the item. Hold in place and use the warmth of your hands to keep it in place for a second or two. Then you're done.
How to care for them:
Don't use these for wrapping up uncooked meat.
Allow whatever you are covering to cool, if it is hot. (So you don't melt the wax)
Hand wash with cool water with a mild soap.
They aren't working anymore:
Once the wraps start to loose their ability to keep their shape, which will depend on how often you use them. Wash them throughly in hot water, until all of the wax is completely off, and repeat the waxing process. Or you can always throw them in the compost bin.
Well there you have it. This is a super simple process and a fun DIY on a rainy day. They work super well and are really a great alternative to plastic wrap.
Let us know if you give it a try. I'd love to see what designs you use or what you make yours out of. Be sure to tag FarmhousePosey over on Facebook or Instagram.
Thank-you so much for taking time out of your day to hang out here.
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