DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps

We get a lot of requests from people asking how they can make beeswax wraps at home, especially as a fun arts'n'crafts activity with kids. Well, today we are pleased to share with you an easy guide.

First up, when choosing your fabric, go with 100% cotton. And organic if possible (remember, you'll be using your wraps to cover food). The ideal thickness is the same as your bed sheet. So why not go through your cupboards and pull out all your old cloth, this is the perfect job for them (after a good wash, of course!). Otherwise, hit your local haberdashery and stock up on fun and colourful cloth. For best results, get yourself some pinking shears, or zig-zag scissors as my son calls them, to neatly trim around the edges and thus cut down on fraying. 

Materials:
- Beeswax, grated (or pellets)
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Tailor's pencil or chalk
- Pinking shears
- Fabric, cut to appropriate size (10×10cm, 24×24cm, 36x36cm, etc)
- Waxpaper sheet
- Oven tray
- Paintbrush
- Chopstick
- Cheese grater
- Clothesline and pegs
- Oven
- Gloves (optional, but useful for beginners as the wax is VERY hot)

*We recommend you only use the wax paper, paintbrush, chopstick and grater for this purpose. Once coated in beeswax, they will not be suitable for kitchen use again.

Okay, now that you've got all your tools, let's get started. . .

Directions:
1] Preheat oven to 150°C.
2] Place pre-cut fabric on the wax paper and onto the oven tray.
3] Sprinkle evenly and lightly with grated beeswax. You don’t need a lot, approximately 30 grams for a 10 x 10 cm square.
4] Place the tray in the middle row of the oven and observe carefully. It should only take 3 minutes or less to 'cook'.
5] As soon as the beeswax is completely melted, remove from the oven.
6] Quickly spread the wax evenly over the cotton with your paintbrush, getting to all the edges and corners.
7] Using the chopstick to carefully lift up one corner, slowly pull the fabric off the wax paper.
8] Hang on a makeshift clothesline with pegs and leave to dry (approx. 2 minutes). 
9] And hey presto, once it's cooled, it's ready to go!

Notes:
- If your wax starts to harden before you have evenly spread it, simply reheat it in the oven and try again.
- If you have a lot of wax left on the wax paper, place another piece of fabric on it to absorb the extra wax.
- All of the supplies needed except the beeswax can be purchased cheaply at arts'n'crafts, hardware and thrift stores and can be used again for other DIY projects involving beeswax. 
- For tips on how to take care of your wrap, check out our other blog: Caring For Your Wrap.

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