Make your own DIY reusable beeswax wraps in less than an hour with this quick project that's perfect for anyone looking for a fun way to get rid of some waste in their kitchen. Plastic wrap is a pain to deal with—plus, it's not reusable. These beeswax wraps can be used in place of plastic wrap to cover jars or bowls. You can even fold them into sandwich wraps and bags. The best part is that you can then use the wraps over and over again.
These DIY reusable beeswax wraps have a few key ingredients that are melted into cotton fabric. Jojoba oil is used to make the fabric soft and pliable. The pine rosin is used to make the fabric sticky so you can shape it around your container. Finally, the beeswax pellets are used to bring everything together, making the wraps safe for food.
This guide has you make wraps custom-sized to bowls or jars you already have. If you'd like to make the wraps a little more versatile, size the wraps using bowls or jars that are sized similarly to other containers you have, so one wrap could be used to cover many different containers when needed.
Watch our helpful tutorial to find out just how easy (and fun!) it is to make these beeswax wraps. You'll want to make a ton of them in all the cute fabrics you find. Then keep reading to get a list of supplies, tools, and some written instructions on how to make the reusable wraps. Find more ideas like this one with the "One Thing" videos from The Spruce.
This Reusable Beeswax Wrap Is The Sustainable Alternative to Plastic Wrap
Equipment / Tools
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Measuring spoons
- Foam brush
- Cotton fabric (prewashed)
- Bowls or jars to cover
- Jojoba oil
- Pine rosin
- Beeswax pellets
Cut Your Fabric to Size
Lay your bowl or jar upside down on your pre-washed cotton fabric. Draw a square that's a few inches bigger on all sides. You want to be able to have enough fabric to drape over the opening of the bowl or jar, so it needs to be enough to cover the top and hang down a few inches. Cut out the square with scissors. Repeat to cut out the other squares of fabric.
Reuse old tablecloths or bed linens to make these reusable wraps even more planet friendly! Just make sure everything is thoroughly cleaned and washed beforehand.
Get Fabric Ready
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay your pieces of fabric down on the parchment paper, with the patterned side facing up. Make sure the fabric is lying flat and that there aren't any wrinkles.
Add Jojoba Oil
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil over each piece of fabric. Try your best to get it to spread evenly across each piece of fabric.
Add Pine Rosin
Add 1 teaspoon of pine rosin to each piece of fabric, right on top of the jojoba oil, scattering the pieces so they spread evenly.
Sprinkle on the Beeswax
For each piece of fabric, sprinkle on 2 teaspoons of beeswax pellets over the other two ingredients. Just like the other items, spread these out completely over the fabric. Each piece of fabric should now have three layers of ingredients sprinkled evenly over it.
Bake the Wraps
Put the baking sheets into a 250°F oven for 10 minutes. This is enough time for all the ingredients you added to melt and blend together.
Spread the Ingredients
Take a small foam brush and use it to brush the fabric pieces, making sure that the melted ingredients are evenly spread over the pieces of fabric. Be sure not to make any wrinkles in the fabric while you're brushing them.
Put the baking sheets back into the oven for another 2 minutes at 250°F.
Cool the Fabric
Take the wraps out of the oven and allow them to cool for just a few minutes. They should be cool enough to handle but still warm enough that they're pliable.
Shape the Wraps
Place a fabric wrap over its intended jar or bowl and gently press down the edges so it's securely covering the top.
Allow to Cool
Allow the beeswax wraps to cool completely over their jars and bowls so they'll hold their shape.
Enjoy Your Beeswax Wraps
Your beeswax wraps are ready to enjoy. If you'd like to tighten the seal around a jar, use a rubber band to secure the wrap to the top of the jar.