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Beeswax Wraps

The beeswax wraps are a hit now but it’s not something the humanity came up with just now. I remeber my mom packing my lunch in a clean cloth that I used as a napkin at school. So in a way with the beeswax wraps we’re coming back to something from the past that we should have never had abandoned.

Wrapping your kids’ snacks is back in fashion thanks to the beeswax wraps! They’re really easy to make with almost nothing and this way you can use fabric scraps and even make them into neat gifts for your friends.

You can use them to wrap your snack or cover a bowl and it’s super easy to keep them clean.


  • piece of cotton canvas
  • beeswax
  • baking paper
  • iron

How to make the beeswax wraps

Place the piece of canvas on a sheet of baking paper and cover it evenly with the beeswax.

Place another sheet of baking paper on top and iron well until all the wax is melted.

Push the melted wax to the dry spots on the canvas. You can also peel off the baking paper and add more wax and iron again.

Peel off the top sheet and then the wrap off the lower sheet and let it dry on a flat surface.

Use it to wrap snacks or cover bowls with food.

Thanks to its waxed surface the wrap will adhee nicely to any bowl or plate.



Wash the wrap in lukewarm water, don’t machine wash it and don’t iron it. The wax also melts in contact with alcohol so prevent any contact.


Alternative ways to make the beeswax wraps

I also tried making the wraps two different ways:

  1. In the oven – I placed the fabric on baking paper and in the oven. After a short while not only the wax was melted but also the colors of the canvas.
  2. Melting the wax separately – I melted the wax in a water bath and painted it on the canvas with a brush. The wax solidifies very quickly though and it just wouldn’t soak in the canvas properly so the wrap was covered with a very visible layer of wax and I had to iron it anyway to get the wax soaked in.

Therefore, ironing the wax in is the way I recommend!

Want more “eco-stuff”? Check out for example my tutorial on a super cheap and very eco-friendly way to clean your kitchen!

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