Craftiness, Green things, Thrifty

Homemade Beeswax Wraps

13 January, 2016

Here is my favourite little craft of the last few years – homemade beeswax wraps.

You know what I hate? Cling Film. (Here in NZ they call it Glad Wrap. As if that horrible cloying stuff has ever made a soul glad!!)

I partly hate it because it hates me – cling film started it when it refused to ever stick to itself so all my sandwiches look as if they are wrapped in scraggly, flappy bits of plastic. Oh wait! That *is* what cling film is!

It is the stuff that our great – great – great – great – great- grandchildren will discover on their archeological digs and think, with baffled expressions on their faces, scanning the barren, scorched land around them, “THIS was the reason for the demise of our beautiful earth! My great – great- great- great- great- Nana was a total plonker!” They will write articles in the National Geographic about how we used up the world’s most precious resource wrapping up old bits of cheese.

Crumbs, didn’t know I was such a hater. Feel much better for that.

You’ll be pleased (because I was sounding like it was giving me high blood pressure, eh?) to know I discovered an alternative to Cling Film. It is an eco, recycled, reuseable version made with bees wax and fabric. Introducing homemade beeswax wraps!
homemade beeswax wraps

All you need for these homemade beeswax wraps is some scraps of fabric and beeswax. (Buy beeswax from either your local farmers market, your local honey bee place or here at iherb – ships globally) I did six different sizes ranging from 30cm x 30cm to 15cm x 15 cm. I wanted some large enough to go over baking dishes to then go in the fridge and I wanted some I could sew into little snack packs.

How to make homemade beeswax wraps

1- Cut your fabric (ideally with pinking shears so it doesn’t fray) You can cut afterwards as well – it doesn’t fray then as it has been waxed.

2- Shave on a small amount of bees wax – sprinkle this as evenly as possible over the whole thing. Work sparingly as a little goes a long way.

3- Place on to some tin foil in a medium- hot oven for 5 or so minutes, until wax has melted. 190°C would be good.

4- Bring it out and look at it in the light. You should be able to see any patches without wax on- sprinkle a bit on those areas and pop back in oven.

5- TADA! Done! You can use these beeswax wraps  in replace of cling film and you can wash and dry it and use it again!
beeswax wraps

How to use your homemade beeswax wraps

Use your beeswax wraps as you would tinfoil or cling film (or glad wrap)- wrap up your sandwiches! If you fold the wrap around a simple shape and place in a lunchbox it will hold together. but if you are gonna chuck it straight in your bag you will need to secure with string. (Like the old days of brown paper bagged lunches tied with string!)

You can also use it to cover plates or bowls – again use a string or rubber band to hold it in place over the dish.

Turn your beeswax wraps into beeswax pockets:

I took two of my homemade beeswax wraps and folded them in half and sewed a seam down the side. I left one side open so snacks could be popped in. It can then be folded over and secured with a band or a clip. PERFECT.

How to make homemade beeswax wraps

After use simply wipe down your beeswax wraps and dry them well. You can use a mid eco dishwashing liquid on them too. Store them in a clean place were they are unlikely to get dust on them. After a lot of use they will stop holding their shape and might look a little scummy, with creases. I suggest to whipping up some more.

I am in love with this easy, peasy alternative to cling film and will never again wrangle with that nasty stuff and the great-grandkids won’t be calling ME the plonker. Yay homemade beeswax wraps!
beeswax wraps homemade food wrap
PS – Post includes my affiliate link for iherb – buy all your organic and wellness good with my link and it helps me out too!

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  • teeny 11 March, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Yup, that is a good one and I’ve got to try it. Where does one get bees wax though?

    • Lucy 11 March, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      I got it from a honey shop… but markets would work… or the internet… you must have a bee keeper about in the Wairarapa? x x

      • Teeny 12 March, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        hehe, that was a little lazy of me to rely on your knowledge there wasn’t it. I shall seek and find!

  • ThaliaKR 11 March, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Wow. When I saw the title I thought you were going to be telling us about great products to buy (we have some) that do, well, just what you have made.

    You are thriftily, craftily, greenly amazing to actually make these yourself!

    Well done, you!

    • Lucy 11 March, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks, you with your chickpea cookies.
      But good reminder to stick DIY in the heading!!

  • Laura @ Authnetic Parenting 11 March, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    this is borderline genius!! So gonna try this, plus pinning and adding to Sunday SUrf!

    • Lucy 11 March, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Isn’t it FABULOUS!! I am so stoked. It literally took about 5 minutes.

  • Jane 11 March, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Insanely brilliant! My little girls are going to be so impressed- unil they are 7 that is and they are the kids on the school trip with the sandwiches in fabric bags : ) Also pondering where one gets a hunk of beeswax…

    • Lucy 11 March, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Unless you could get Disney Fabric?! *raises eyebrows cunningly!*
      Honey shops/ beekeepers/ mostly the internet 🙂

  • valentina 12 March, 2014 at 12:01 am

    totally love this, have got to try it out! you think a beeswax candle would work if i grate it like a carrot?? x

    • Lucy 12 March, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Is there a way of you knowing if it is JUST bees wax? This is totally food save you see 🙂

  • Anna 12 March, 2014 at 1:35 am

    This is wickedy wickedy frickin’ brill. I have an old psychedelic bed sheet I bought from ye olde chazzer shop the other day. Gonna need me a lot of bees wax, and a massive hunk of cheese to wrap…. the Moon! Eh…? Scissors? Oh. Okay then. *sulks*

  • Kevan Yates 12 March, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I can remember when “cling-film” used to be advertised on the telly, because it was so new people had to be told, shown what it was for.

  • Laurenne @ This Mummy 12 March, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    LEGEND 🙂 Just what I need in my quest to do away with those pesky disposables!!
    I know I have a lonely block of beeswax in my cupboard so I’ll definitely be making these.

    Thanks Lucy! L x

  • Juie caron 12 March, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you! Brilliant. Perfect. You are so inspiring…my kid’s have grown up and left home…my oldest is a staunch grade one she pulled all the paper plates out of the garbage can, washed them and stacked them on the teachers desk exclaiming that they really should use them again 🙂 I am in my fifties..and I’m back in school studying early childhood education..and YOU are my new hero..keep up the good work!

  • Anna from Munch Cooking 12 March, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Hi guys,
    If you want buy some Munch lunch litterless wraps or hemp and beeswax wraps, NZ made by local mums let us know over at Although good on you guys that are making your own.
    Our main mission is to make and find products that are not plastic as you guys know most plastic is not biodegradable and so bad for our animals…oh I could go on…Anyhow head over and join us and get your schools and kindies on board.
    Cheers Anna 🙂
    PS if anyone wants a free set let us know and we will send some over and maybe you could write a post. x

  • Connie at Bird and Seed 14 March, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    So great! I received store bought versions of these as a gift and love them, but now that I know making them is super easy I’m going to whip some more up!

  • Miss Thrifty 23 March, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Oooh, this is RIGHT up my street – thank you! Also I have my own beeswax stash via eBay: I love those little waxy ingots.

    One question: do you just wash as per normal? Does the wax flake? Ok, two questions…

    • Lucy 23 March, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Awesome 🙂 it doesn’t flake and it’d need a cold soapy wash

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