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May 10, 2020

Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps

Goodbye plastic wrap, hello DIY beeswax wrap! And the best news is, you can make it at home. Right now is the perfect time to get crafty. Simple supplies make this a fun DIY project that reduces waste, while you get to spend quality time creating.

Comvita has been educating young students in New Zealand about the wonders of bees.. In 2019, we taught over 1,000 kids across 20 schools how to make sustainable beeswax food wraps – which we estimate has saved 110 miles of plastic wrap from going to landfill.

In honor of World Bee Day (May 20), you can learn how to make your very own reusable beeswax wraps with the instructions below. We’d love to see what you make! Share with @ComvitaUSA using #WeCanBeeHeroes, and follow us for all kinds of un-bee-lievable facts and ways to support our favorite pollinators.

Materials:

  • Beeswax
  • Cotton fabric
  • Parchment Paper
  • Grater
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper (to cover work area)

Instructions:

  • Cover your workspace with newspaper or dropcloth so you don’t make a mess.
  • Cut your cotton fabric to a size you like (8.5in x 11 in works well).
  • Grate enough beeswax to sprinkle over your fabric later.
  • Cut two pieces of parchment paper (make sure they are both larger than your fabric).
  • Place one piece of parchment paper down on your workspace.
  • Next, place the bright side of your fabric face down on top of the parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle the grated beeswax over your fabric (like you’re sprinkling cheese on a pizza).
  • Place the second piece of parchment paper on top, covering the wax and fabric (don’t worry if the edges look untidy, you will trim the wrap later).
  • Iron the wrap gently, until the wax melts evenly under the parchment paper.
  • While the wrap is still warm, carefully peel the parchment paper off each side.
  • When the wrap has cooled, trim the edges for a clean finish.

Here are students in New Zealand making their beeswax wraps:

DIY, beeswax wrap, crafty

DIY, beeswax wrap, crafty

DIY, beeswax wrap, crafty