Plastic cling wrap is ubiquitous in North American households. It can be found lurking in fridges, covering up old leftovers, or preserving fruit for another day. I recently discovered the world of reusable cling wrap made from cloth and beeswax, and later I found out that my Grandma used similar ones while growing up. I decided to bring back the old magic by making my own reusable beeswax food wraps. With very few ingredients, the process was quick, easy, and very affordable—and highly recommended by this foodie!
- Organic beeswax – I used a solid block, but you can buy pellets as well
- Cheese grater – to grate the beeswax block. *NOTE: the beeswax is very hard to wash off after use, so I’d suggest using an old grater or buying one second-hand for this DIY.
- Funky fabric – I bought my fabrics at a second-hand shop and gave them a wash before use. Opt for thin, tightly woven material, like a bedsheet.
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
1. Pre-heat your oven to a very low setting (about 200F).
2. Use your scissors to cut your fabric into whatever shapes you want. I made a few big rectangles (~15cmx20cm) and some small squares (~10cmx10cm).
3. Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper and place your fabric on top, then grate and sprinkle beeswax shreds over it – paying special attention to the edges and corners.
4. Put it in the oven and wait for the wax to melt (about 5-10 minutes). Once the wax is melted, take out the baking sheet and use your paintbrush to spread the wax evenly over the fabric—again focusing on the edges and corners. *NOTE: the wax hardens quickly, so this step will require some speed!
5. Once the fabric looks evenly saturated, peel it off and hang it to dry. The back of a chair, or a clothes-hanger work well. Wait a few minutes for it to harden completely, and then your reusable wrap is ready to use!
*NOTE: to keep your wraps fresh for as long as possible, only wash in cold water using a mild soap.
Making these reusable wraps is fun and they help save some plastic from the landfill. For more plastic-free DIYs, check out this article on making your own soap dispenser, then see this one on how to make soy candles, or hop over to our DIY page for more!
Can you guess what secret ingredient is in these “unbeelievable” food wraps?