News Treehugger Voices I Tried Making My Own Beeswax Wraps By Katherine Martinko Katherine Martinko Twitter Senior Editor University of Toronto Katherine Martinko is an expert in sustainable living. She holds a degree in English Literature and History from the University of Toronto. Learn about our editorial process Updated January 16, 2019 This story is part of Treehugger's news archive. Learn more about our news archiving process or read our latest news. ©. K Martinko – Grated beeswax on a piece of cloth, awaiting melting in the oven Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive It's a surprisingly simple DIY project. The moment I saw a post on Waste Free Planet's Instagram page, explaining how to make homemade beeswax wraps, I knew I had to try it. I'm a big fan of the product, as it's an excellent eco-friendly replacement for plastic wrap and missing lids. Although I've seen directions before, the recipes always seemed to include specialized ingredients like powdered pine resin and jojoba oil, which I did not have on hand. But this one called only for beeswax, and I've had a large block of that sitting in my pantry for seven years. Finally, it had a purpose! I started by cutting up an old muslin receiving blanket. I figured that the thinner the fabric, the more the melted wax would soak through and make the entire thing pliable. I am no seamstress and do not own pinking shears, so the edges are rough and unhemmed. © K Martinko Next, I preheated the oven to 200F and spread a baking sheet with parchment paper. I laid the cut fabric on top, making sure that it fit within the edges of the pan and that the pan was protected fully by the parchment. I didn't want to be scraping beeswax off the baking sheet later. Then I grated a small bowl of beeswax and sprinkled it on top as evenly as possible, approximately 1/4 cup. I put it in the oven for 5 minutes, at which point it was fully melted but looked blotchy. I tried to spread out the wax with an old paintbrush but there didn't seem to be enough to go around. I added another 2 tbsp of grated beeswax and put it back in the oven, focusing on the edges. That did the trick and the whole thing was nicely soaked through in another 3 minutes. © K Martinko The cloth hardened up very quickly. Within a half-minute I lifted it out of the pan and hung it on the back of a chair. Then I transferred it outside, where the 14F/-10C weather cooled it thoroughly. There's just enough stickiness for the cloth to hold on to a cookie jar, but I think I'll add considerably more wax next time. I like the thick, hefty feel of the Abeego wraps I own and am aiming for that. Curiously, the Waste Free Planet directions say "less is more" when it comes to adding wax, but I'll have to play with that a bit. © K Martinko I am pretty thrilled that I've discovered how to do this, as it's a much cheaper option than buying pre-made beeswax wraps. Plus, the wax does not obstruct the fabric pattern in any way, so it would be a fun way to revive pretty napkins or tablecloths that have passed their prime.