With the ever growing need to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as we can, there are many ways in which we can begin to reduce our waste.Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to cling film for storing food so why not make your own? Here we show you a simple method for DIY beeswax wraps using an iron. Not only is making beeswax wraps a simple and fun activity, but you are doing your bit for the environment too!
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Measure out the pine resin and if it isn’t already powdered, crush the pieces into a powder.
Add the resin to the beeswax and oil in the saucepan.
Gently heat and stir until melted. Be sure not to leave the pot unattended at any time due to the flammable nature of the ingredients and remove it from the heat as soon as it has melted together.
Pour the wax into the silicon mould and allow it to set.
Once it has set, remove the wax from the mould and set aside.
Prepare your surface with an old covering.
Lay out a piece of baking paper that is big enough to contain your fabric with margins allowed.
Place your fabric onto the paper.
Take the grater and grate the wax on to the fabric. Spread the wax evenly. You don’t need to be overly generous with your wax shavings at first, as you can always add more.
Cover with another piece of baking paper.
Take your iron and begin to iron over the top layer of baking paper. You will see that, as the wax melts, the paper will become transparent.
Once you have melted all the wax shavings, peel off the top layer of paper and inspect the wrap. You can add extra wax into the areas that need more and re-iron it. Your fabric should be infused with the wax all over.
Once the fabric has been covered well with the wax, you can hang it up and allow it to set. Be sure to catch any drips of wax, to avoid a big clean up afterwards.
When your wrap has set, give it a little wash using cold water and dish soap. Allow it to dry, then, you can store it or use it immediately.
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