DIY: Use Beeswax Instead Of Plastic Wrap

Beeswax smells like flowers. Like the blue, violet and crimson blooms of springtime in the South. Beeswax is warm in your palms and heavy, and if you hold it for long enough, the tips of your fingers and under your nails will smell like the feet of a hundred bees.

I don’t think I need to explain why these food savers are incredible. They replace plastic wrap, and that alone is enough. But they're also useful for so many things: sandwich wraps, covering bowls in the fridge, and as a fancy portable plate. Plus, they’re made from old fabric — upcycled to perfection. They last for up to six months if you’re nice to them. Are you ready to create?

What you'll need:

  • An oven
  • About 1/4 pound of beeswax
  • An old cotton cloth or shirt
  • Scissors
  • A cheese grater that you can dedicate to beeswax
  • A baking sheet that you can dedicate to beeswax
  • A paintbrush (I used a makeup brush because I was unprepared.)
  • A string and some clothes pins


Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Make a clothesline in your kitchen with a string (I tied it between two cabinets.) You won’t have any drips, so don’t worry!

Cut some shapes from your cloth or shirt — squares are simple, and if you cut the sleeve off of a t-shirt, then it’s the perfect shape for a veggie wrap.

Grate up your beeswax — use those biceps! Lay out the fabric on a baking sheet, and sprinkle grated wax over the top (just enough to cover the surface, some bare spots are ok!)

Stick it in the oven for five minutes only, or until all of the was wax just melted. Take it out, and use the brush to pain the melted beeswax all over the fabric, making sure to get all of the edges and the corners. Peel your fabric from the tray, and use clothespins to hang it up on your makeshift clothesline.

After a few minutes, it will be hard & ready! Unpin, and store in a drawer. You can use it over and over – be sure to rinse it after each use in cold water. If your water is too hot, it will begin to melt!

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