Be Eco-Friendly: DIY Beeswax Wraps

Small Business Owner - Bee Nature

We have 3 different methods to choose from. We will tell you about all of their pros and cons so that you can choose the method that suits you best. Today we will look deeper into

Making your own reusable beeswax food wraps is easy, but it might be a little bit messy so always make sure you cover your working surfaces and floors with old sheets or newspapers before you begin. 😊

Ingredients Needed

  1. Light-weight fabric (such as quilting organic cotton) cut into desired shape
  2. 80 g Beeswax
  3. 40 g Tree Resin (we only use organic dammar resin in our wraps and you can learn more about why here but many beeswax wraps makers use pine resin which works well too – and it’s cheaper)
  4. 20 ml Jojoba Oil
  5. Optional: 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil

You should be able to make around 4 medium/large beeswax wraps with these quantities.

Double Boiler Melting Method

This method offers the best results with evenly-coated beeswax wraps, but is the most time-consuming.

Additional Items You Will Need for METHOD 1:

 

  • Empty tomato can or mason jar suitable for hot temperatures
  • Pot
  • Large oven tray
  • Brush
  • Clothes dryer stand

How to Do it:

  1. Place beeswax, resin, and oils into an old can or manson jar.
  2. Place the can or mason jar into a pot filled with boiling water to melt, with continued simmering. This can take up to 2 hours so be patient and plan ahead for the time you need for melting. The beeswax will melt quicker than the tree resin, which will first melt to a glue-like consistency but will eventually melt completely. The gluey resin tends to fall to the bottom of the can so make sure you stir it well regularly to help it melt and distribute into the mixture.
  3. Once melted place a large oven tray on top of a 2nd pot of simmering water. This will ensure your working surface will be nice and hot. The beeswax mixture sets very quickly and keeping the tray hot will give you time to keep it in liquid form while applying to the fabric.
  4. Place fabric face-down onto the hot baking tray and start applying the melted beeswax mix evenly to the fabric with brush.
  5. Once the fabric has been infused with the beeswax mix, peel the fabric off the baking tray while still hot.
  6. Wave the fabric in the air to cool the wrap down and allow the wax to set.
  7. Place your beeswax wrap on the drying stand to settle overnight.

 

Dana Sluka

Small Business Owner - Bee Nature

Hi, my name is Dana, and together with my husband, we run this small business.

This is our story...

I was born in Slovakia, a beautiful country full of mountains and fairy-tale-like castles.
My grandad was a beekeeper. As kids, we always had bees buzzing around us. And most of all there was always some yummy honey for our family and friends.
My granddad kept some hives at home and I have vivid memories of him sitting outside and hand-carving wooden sculptures, which of course were used as homes for our bees. We also had around 40 beehives just a short drive away at my great grandparent's farmhouse. My granddad also kept bees in an old train carriage which he sometimes relocated adjacent to fields based on what types of flowers were in season.

We loved beeswax β€œchewing gum”; honeycomb full of sweet honey which we always chewed on while our grandparents were collecting honey. My dad was often helping too, and while they were hard at work we would often explore the nearby forest, or swim or fish in the dam at the adjacent property.

My grandma used to make beeswax wraps as well. She used any offcuts she would have in the house and wrapped our lunches in them. That was before our generation became so attached to plastic; before we had the knowledge about how detrimental plastic is to our environment and ecosystem.

Fast forward 20 years, when I found myself studying at university in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. During those years I met my husband and moved to Australia, following my heart. Now we have 2 beautiful kids on our own.

My father-in-law is a hobby beekeeper as well. He is always on the run helping friends with their beehives, passing on his knowledge further. Bees somehow always find their way to our lives. β™₯
And so, it was no surprise to anyone that when my kids were born and we decided to start our own journey to a minimal-waste household that I started to make beeswax wraps to replace plastic in our kitchen.
Did you know that just by using a beeswax wrap each day, you can save around 250 meters of cling wrap and plastic packaging from being thrown away each year?
My business is my passion and I always strive to deliver the highest quality wraps possible. It took me well over a year of testing and adjusting a recipe that my grandma passed on to me so many years ago until I was 100% satisfied with the quality and longevity of our wraps. I hope you will enjoy using them as much as we do. 😊

Bee Nature

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