This week I shared a video of me making Bees Wax wraps which I love. I bought some from eBay about 18 months ago and apart from the one the kids lost the others are still going strong so I decided to have a go at making a few of my own.
I think it probably worked out at about $4-5 per wrap. The kids had fun choosing their own fabric and I did the hot bit! These wraps are great for packed lunches but avoid raw meat. I bought my beeswax from Bulk Source but when I looked on their site I couldn't find it, Aussie Soap Supplies also sells it.
Here's the link if you'd like to watch my video https://www.instagram.com/p/COm3SmyDwmO/
You will need:
100% cotton fabric 30 x 30 is a good sandwich size
2 tbs Beeswax
Cut out your fabric, using pinking scissors helps to stop it fraying.
Place an old towel to cover the whole ironing board (the wax can get pretty messy) or use an upturned baking tray, then a sheet of baking paper (make sure it's bigger than your fabric, you might need two bits) .
Place your fabric on top of the baking paper.
Sprinkle two tbs of beeswax over the fabric.
Put another layer of baking paper and a tea towel on top.
Using the iron on medium to high setting melt the wax so that all of the fabric is soaked, you may need to add more wax. You'll need to peek under the towel every now and then to check how the wax is spreading. Some videos don't use a top towel but I found the wax did come through the baking paper then onto the iron. (I'm not sure if it is possible to use parchment paper which is thicker to stop this from happening)
While it's still hot peel off the paper then lift your fabric at the corners, careful it will still be hot!
Flap it in the air till it cools and it's ready to pop over bowls and wrap your lunch in.
I have spotted a few other methods that I have not tried yet but may be less messy, one involves putting the fabric in the oven to melt the wax then spreading it with a fork or brush. If you try this let me know how it goes. There is also the option to add pine resin and jojoba oil to make the wrap stickier so it holds in place but I didn't find I needed this. I hope to sell these as an add on to my low tox kits which should be on sale very soon!!