How to make your own beeswax wraps at home
(or refresh your old beeswax wraps!)
100g bee folk blend bar.
Your set of fabric pieces.
As a guide one bar can cover a set of five cloths: 1 large 35cm x 35cm,
2 medium 27cm x 27cm and 2 small 18cm x cm.
You can experiment with your own sizes and shapes to suit your needs.
Cotton works best, lightweight and tightly woven: about bed sheet thickness is best.
(No synthetics, flannelette or stretch material). Wash and cut to desired size.
You may like to use pinking shears to avoid fraying and to create a decorative edge.
Or use one of our pre-cut 100% organic cotton fabric kits
Domestic gas or electric stovetop
A good size saucepan or cooking pot.
A heat-proof bowl (stainless steel or glass) that sits over and partially into the pot.
Together these create a double boiler - just like when you melt chocolate in your kitchen.
(Note: The bowl you use shouldn't be used again for cooking. So grab one of your
oldest bowls or head to your op-shops to find a good, cheap suitable bowl.)
A chopstick for stirring.
Tongs to pick up your wax infused cloth.
Flat baking tray tray lined with baking paper to catch any wax drips after dipping.
A line or clothes dryer rack to hang your wax wraps.
Wax wraps can be made by anyone with basic cooking skills - but remember this involves hot surfaces, hot and flammable liquids and steam vapor. So make sure the area remains clear of small children, and that anybody else present is aware of these hazards. Never leave the stove unattended until your project is finished. In case of any burn, immediately immerse affected area under cold running water. If necessary seek medical advice.
Before commencing read our full Health and Safety advice here.
Let's get started
Add water to saucepan, about one third full - but not so high that it touches the bottom of the bowl.. Bring water to the boil and turn down to a low simmer. Then sit bowl on top of saucepan. Melt your bee folk blend bar in the bottom of the bowl.
Ensure there is always enough water in the bottom of the saucepan so it doesn't run dry.
Don't let pot handles protrude over the edge
of the cook top where they might be knocked.
Stir the blend with a chopstick until the bar has completely melted. It should take around 10 minutes.
Caution: Never leave stove unattended while melting the wax
Place your first cloth in the bowl. Poke down with chopstick until the cloth is fully saturated by the blend.
It's a good idea to start with your smallest cloth first to get the hang of it. Then you can dip your largest cloth next.
Lift wrap out with tongs and hold above bowl to catch the initial drips.
You should be able to achieve an even cover of wax.
But don’t worry if there are a few irregularities, as this is what gives your wrap a handmade look.
Then move the wrap over to nearby baking paper lined tray. Whilst holding wrap above the paper, stretch wrap wide open and allow any further drips to drop into the tray.
By the now the wax should have cooled enough for you to hold the corners with your fingertips.
Hang to dry - it only takes a few minutes.
A clothes drying rack is handy - or drape over a string line.
You can do your 5 wraps in about 30 minutes.
No string or rack handy? After about 30 seconds, you can lay your newly waxed wraps on a sheet of baking paper on a benchtop or table.
Now that you have the hang of it, do steps 3 to 5 again,
this time with a larger piece of cloth and repeat until all your wraps are done.
If you are using an old bowl and there is any remaining wax in the bowl
just set it aside with a cover over it for your next wax wrap project.
But if you want to reuse, simply wipe out with paper towel while wax in the bowl is still warm.
Never wash bowl in your sink - or tip melted wax down the drain.
Wax is definitely NOT good for your plumbing!
Care of your wraps
Wash with a damp soapy sponge and rinse in cool water. Air dry and store in kitchen drawer.
With care your wrap should last up to a year depending on usage.