Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Free Beeswax Wrap tutorial

Heaps of people asked, so here's a free tutorial to make your own sustainable beeswax wrap. A reusable fabric alternative to cling film they can be made of any thin fabric coated in beeswax that you can wrap around your leftovers and set in place with the heat from your hands.  Simple.  And they have a lovely, honey sort of smell too.

This is a brilliant way of using up left over scraps of fabric from sewing projects, old pillow cases, or anything else that's cottony and non-stretchy.

Beeswax - just search 'buy beeswax beads', they are super cheap
An iron
Old fabric - I reuse cotton sheets that have given up the ghost
Baking parchment
Metal tray - you can make one using tin foil

1. Get the iron warming up on a medium heat. 

2. Cut your fabric to size so that it fits in your tray.  Lay a sheet of baking parchment on the tray, and pop your fabric on top.

3. Sprinkle the fabric with a small handful of waxbeads, a light covering is plenty.

4. Put another piece of parchment on top, and then get your iron involved. This will take a few minutes, as the wax needs to melt, and then you can move it around until it's coated the fabric.

5. Once cool you can use the heat from your hands to wrap it around your things!  

Warning: they're not waterproof, and not recommended for meat and fish.  And to clean it you just use a cool, wet cloth.  That's it.

Our last for a good few months, or at least until the children lose them, and if they're made of organic material, they'll just compost down in the garden. 

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