I have been planning on making beeswax wraps for a while now. I finally made time for it last week! I was surprised how simple it was... it took a few attempts and adjustments to my technique but I was really pleased with the results.
I used a combination of shea butter and beeswax. I did quite a bit of research and most people suggested that beeswax alone was not flexible enough, or tacky enough. Pine resin is suggested by a lot of people but I didn’t have any 🤣 so omitted it. I honestly don’t think it’s needed.
I started off by melting my beeswax and shea butter and blending together. I used a metal bowl over a pan of hot water on the hob. The hardest part was shaving the beeswax from the block with a knife. I didn’t use my grater as I only have one! All equipment used in this process needs to be just kept for beeswax wrap making afterwards. I can see why people buy pellets but I was using local beeswax so didn’t have that option.
I then placed my fabric on top of grease proof paper sheets and brushed the melted wax onto the fabric. Immediately I put too much on... but this was easily remedied later on thank goodness.
Next I ironed the fabric in what is referred to as the finishing process. You place your beeswax infused fabric on top of a sheet of grease proof paper. You then put a piece of absorbent fabric on top and then a final layer of grease proof paper on top of that. Iron it on the cotton setting without steam to smooth and spread the wax evenly. Any excess wax will be absorbed by the fabric.
I used pegs to hold all of this together! My friend wanted a giant beeswax wrap for her amazing homemade cakes so it was quite tricky and unwieldy.
I used the next piece of fabric that I planned on turning into a beeswax wrap as the absorbent material. Then at the end on my last wrap I used a tea towel. Then you have a beeswax wrap which just needs to be hung to dry and cure for a day or two.
It is a little fiddly and sticky until you get your technique worked out then it’s super simple! I made 12 wraps in 2 hours and was v v slow at the start 😂
I'm really happy with the quality of them. I trimmed the edges with my fabric scissors and they look very neat and professional. I used scrap waste cotton material from a local shop so they have minimal impact on environment and will be used over and over instead of cling film.
The fabric used must be natural, fairly thin/lightweight and deep/dark colours work best. Lighter colours will look dirty as beeswax is a cream yellow colour. Pale colours will also stain more easily. You can use cotton, hemp, linen, muslin and quilting fabric.
The beeswax was from a local beekeeper. The only ingredient that isn’t so eco friendly is the shea butter which came in a plastic tub and definitely isn’t local! However I bought in bulk to reduce the packaging involved... and will reuse the tub as its a really useful size.
I would definitely recommend trying to make some if you have been thinking about it. They are so useful!!! I use mine all the time. And if you want some but don’t fancy making them (or more likely just don’t have the time) just drop me a message. I’m thinking about making and selling some. If you would be interested in that let me know!
I used 5 oz/145g beeswax and 2oz/57g shea butter which would convert about 6-7 fat quarters of cotton into wraps.
A fat quarter is a measurement of fabric roughly 50cm x 55cm.
This was the best information on the process that I found whilst doing my research!