To make your own beeswax wraps, you will need:
- oil (optional, coconut or jojoba work well)
- resin (optional, pine rosin or dammar)
- baking paper
- a way to melt the wax
If you have purchased a DIY kit from us, your wax already has the jojoba oil and pine rosin in it.
A note on fabric - light weight cotton works best. If your fabric is too heavy it will be difficult to mold once it is coated in your beeswax mixture.
There are many different ways to coat your fabric in your wax mixture. We find the following method most effective and results in the least amount of wastage.
- Cut your fabric to your desired wrap size
- Place on top of a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Melt your wax mixture over a low heat
- Working quickly, drizzle your wax over your fabric and spread out with a brush
- Keep drizzling and spreading until you can see that your whole piece of fabric has been coated
- Let your fabric set on the baking paper (it won't take long)
- Peel the baking paper away from your fabric and tidy up the edges (these pieces of wax can be remelted and used to make more wraps)
We prefer this method as it gives a generous coating of wax so your wraps will last longer before they need refreshing. It is important to work quickly though and to keep your wax warm while you are working as the beeswax sets very quickly as it cools down.
If you would like to use your iron to make your beeswax wraps, we really like this tutorial.
This is a great method for making small sized wraps however we find that the coating of wax you get when you use the iron isn't as generous. The wraps will still work really well but you will need to re-wax them sooner following this method. Please ensure you clean your iron thoroughly after you have made your wraps as beeswax can make quite a mess on your clothes. Also, if you are using our DIY kits we recommend chopping the wax into small pieces rather than grating as the mixture is stickier and too much wax will be left stuck to your grater.
A very similar idea to the ironing method.
- Set your oven to low
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Place your fabric on top of the baking paper
- Sprinkle fabric with your chopped up beeswax mixture
- Place into oven until wax has melted and your fabric is completely covered
- Let your fabric set on the baking paper
- Tidy up the edges and use this wax for your next wraps