hand holding beeswax wraps
Traditional skills

The Simplest Beeswax Wrap Tutorial

Maybe you’re like me, someone who always wants to learn a new skill and make useful things for yourself. As soon as my mom showed me a picture of a beautiful floral beeswax wrap I knew that was a skill I needed to learn. After researching different recipes for these wraps, I decided to create the simplest and effective recipe that you can do right now. Let’s begin!

Gathering your materials

For this project you only need a few things, no complicated ingredients:

  • Beeswax (either grated with a cheese grater, or beeswax pellets) This one is my favorite!
  • Cotton fabric (I have seen people reuse old t-shirts)
  • Scissors (these fabric scissors are scissors that cut a zig zag line are great for keeping you fabric from fraying)
  • Parchment paper
  • baking sheet

Step one

To begin measure on your fabric how big you want your wraps to be. Below is a chart to help you out:

SizesMeasurements Example of how big it actually is
Small7 by 8 inchesWrap half a lemon or small wedge of cheese
Medium 10 by 11 inchesWrap a grapefruit or bell pepper
Large13 by 13 inchesWrap your sandwich
Extra Large17 by 23 inchesWrap a loaf of homemade bread

Step two

Once you’ve drawn with a pencil or have a good estimate of your sizes- cut the fabric (now would be a good time to use the fabric scissors). Once you have cut them all out preheat your oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step three

Spread the parchment paper over the pans (cut a little extra to place over the sides so no beeswax gets stuck) and put the fabric, design side down on the pan. Lastly spread about 1/4 cup (more or less depending on your size) over the fabric. The most important thing is that the beeswax should be spread out evenly among the fabric and over the sides of the fabric.

Step four

beeswax wrap with melted beeswax

Bake your wraps for 10-12 minutes/ or until you see that the wax is fully melted and seeped into both sides. Afterwards take it out of the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before touching and folding.

That’s it! While I was playing around with the recipe and method of melting, and there were a few wraps that had too much or too less wax. Don’t be discouraged! It sometimes takes a couple trials and errors to get the wrap your are imagining. Please note that these wraps and all natural wraps do not stick perfectly like other plastic wraps- I recommend to use twine to secure your sandwich or wrap it along the edge of a bowl to secure it fully! Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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