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Teachers, mums, and parents have been asking us how to make beeswax wraps at home.

It’s such a fun activity to involve the kids (or grandkids) and create your own beeswax wraps DIY project for the school holidays.

Making beeswax wraps at home is great because you can choose your own prints and make a variety of wrap sizes for different food items.

People have tried making beeswax wraps out of beeswax and coconut oil, only to find that their wraps don’t stick as well as Earth Macros beeswax wraps.

After all, the purpose of creating beeswax wraps is that they act and “cling” like glad right?

I often get asked how I get my wraps so sticky and prevent cracks from showing in the wraps.

The process lies in sourcing high-quality ingredients and blending in the correct mix of Australian beeswax, natural tree gum (not resin), and natural oils.

Also if you attempt to make beeswax wraps at home, please ensure you’re using pure natural beeswax as some beeswax blocks and pellet are mixed with other paraffin waxes which gives off an odor.

This is why Earth Macros has introduced the Beeswax Wraps DIY – Premixed Wax Bars so that you make your own long-lasting beeswax wraps.

Saving you time, money and without the mess!

How to Make Beeswax Wraps - Beeswax Wraps DIY

I’ve spent hours and over 10 failed experiments in perfecting our beeswax wraps recipe.

Now our proprietary beeswax wraps mix will be available to buy so that you can make your own wraps at home or at school!

There are two main methods of making beeswax wraps that you can use to make your own reusable food wraps at home.

Both of these techniques work well, although you may find you have one preference over another. The choice is yours.

Beeswax Wraps Making Method 1 – Grate & Iron

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Tools for the Grate & Iron technique:

  • 1 bar of Beeswax Wraps DIY – Premixed Wax Bars
  • A grater or knife (that you don’t mind getting wax on)
  • Light 100% cotton fabric
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or table
  • Old towel or cloth to protect your ironing board or table
  • 2 Sheets of baking paper (make sure they are bigger than your piece of fabric)
  • Clothes-line rack or something to hang your wraps on to dry (pegs optional)

Instructions for the Grate & Iron technique:

  1. Start by placing an old towel or cloth on your ironing board or table.
  2. Place one sheet of baking paper on your towel and then place fabric on top of baking paper.
  3. Grate or slice fine layers of pre-mixed wax on top of the fabric.
  4. Cover the fabric and wax with the second sheet of baking paper.
  5. Turn your iron on to the hottest heat setting and make sure your steam function is turned off.
  6. Start to iron on top of the baking paper using slow, circular movements. The wax with melt and spread itself evenly across the fabric and look like it’s wet.
  7. Keep lifting the baking paper to check that the entire piece of fabric is coated with wax.
  8. If you are finding some dry patches on your wrap or if your wax coating is too thin, grate more wax on troublesome spots and repeat the process.
  9. Once you have coated the wax evenly on the fabric, peel the corner of the fabric and remove it from the baking paper.
  10. Hold both corners of the fabric and flip it around a bit to air dry it slightly and hang to dry for a few minutes and you’re done!

Beeswax Wraps Making Method 2 – Melt & Brush

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Tools for the Melt & Brush technique:

  • 1 bar of Beeswax Wraps DIY – Premixed Wax Bars
  • A small oven proof container
  • Light 100% cotton fabric
  • 1 sheet of baking paper (make sure they are bigger than your piece of fabric)
  • 1 small brush or pastry brush
  • Clothes-line rack or something to hang your wraps on to dry (pegs optional)

Instructions for the Melt & Brush technique:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Place your Earth Macros wax bar in an oven proof container. Leave it there until it melts completely. This should take a few minutes only.
  3. If you don’t have a oven proof container, you can use a small metal bowl and melt it over a saucepan of boiling water (like a double boiler). NOTE: please don’t try melting your wax in the microwave.
  4. While your wax is melting, on a flat surface, lay your baking paper and place a piece of fabric on top. If you’re worried about getting wax on the surface, place an old towel underneath the baking paper.
  5. Once the wax has melted, use your brush to dip into the melted wax and paint on the fabric – starting from top to bottom to ensure you have an even coating all over.
  6. If you used 100% cotton fabric, once applied, the wax will seep through on to the other side and coat the entire piece of fabric. Note: A little wax goes a long way, try not to coat too much wax on the fabric as this is the reason why most DIY wraps crack.
  7. Once you have coated the wax evenly on the fabric, peel the corner of the fabric and remove it from the baking paper.
  8. Hold both corners of the fabric and flip it around a bit to air dry it slightly and hang to dry for a few minutes and you’re done!

If you live outside of Australia, you can find beeswax wrap wax bar ingredients on amazon.

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