DIY & Christmas Go Green

DIY Easy Beeswrap Recipe

Last year for Earth Day, I posted a DIY Easy Beeswrap Recipe in the article 27 Easy Ways to Go Green. The article tempted you to make one simple switch every month to consequently help the earth. The first on my personal list was to eliminate plastic grocery bags by using reusable totes. Loaded with my favorite bags, I excitedly handed them over to the cashier only to be told no. No? WTH?

Covid-19 was in full swing. Subsequently, stores were not allowing us to bring in bags. Great.

Plan B – Beeswraps. I whipped out a batch using the DIY Easy Beeswrap Recipe. Though it worked, I just wasn’t happy with them since they didn’t stick very well. Back to the drawing board.

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After much research and waiting for the pine resin to arrive, I attempted another batch. (or two) (or three) That being the case, here’s the final winning DIY Easy Beeswrap Recipe. Don’t be afraid to tweak the ingredients to find what works best for you. If all else fails, you can use store-bought wraps, but honestly, you’d miss out on the fun of making them. In either case, you’re helping our earth.

I’m in love with beeswax wraps! I use them everywhere plastic wrap or foil was previously used. Unless, of course, it’s going on the grill. I’d love to find a good alternative for grilling needs.

After becoming addicted to these beauties, I made a trip to the fabric store for seasonal swatches that brought a smile to my face. It’s the simple things in life ….

Beeswrap Recipe

Beeswax pellets work best. If you use a brick of beeswax, grate it first.

Use 100% cotton, tightly woven fabric. Moreover, organic cotton is an added bonus.

Break the pine resin into the smallest pieces possible to make it easier to melt. Add the resin to a baggie and use a mallet to further smash it into a chunky powder consistency. Trust me, it saves time in the long run.

What You Need:

  • 100% Cotton Fabric (tightly woven)
  • Pinking Sheers
  • 3 Tablespoons Beeswax Pellets
  • 2 Teaspoons Pine Resin
  • 1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
  • Double Boiler or Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Paint Brush (1/2″ or whatever you have to spread the heated oil on the fabric)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • An Old Towel

DIY Easy Beeswrap Recipe:

  • Cut the fabric into 8”, 11”, or 14” squares with the pinking shears so the fabric doesn’t fray.
  • Secondly, place the parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  • Add your squares of fabric on the parchment paper, being careful not to overlap.
  • Add the beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba oil to the double boiler or microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat until melted.
  • With the paint brush, add a thin layer of the mixture onto each square
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 2 minutes.
  • Be sure the entire fabric is wet. Use the paint brush, if needed, to spread the mixture.
  • Once coated, put the fabric on the old towel, being careful not to burn yourself. The wrap will dry quickly.

That’s it, certainly an easy DIY, and they’re ready to use. Finally, the heat from your hands will help mold the wrap into shape around fruit, veggies, or as a lid on a bowl.

To clean the wrap, run under warm water. For further cleaning, lather dish soap in your hands and rub.

More Easy Ways to Go Green

To conclude, there are so many easy ways we can help our earth. Check out the article 27 Easy Ways to Go Green or How to Compost

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