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ADULT TAKE HOME KIT: DIY Beeswax Wraps – CLAIMED

All kits have been claimed as of February 13.

Beeswax wraps are a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. Use them to wrap produce, cover leftovers and more! When the wax wears off, after months of use, simply reapply wax or compost the wraps. Each kit includes: 2 cotton squares, a beeswax cube, a brush, twine and a button (to help secure a wrap). What you’ll need at home: double boiler (or alternative), parchment paper, large popsicle stick (or other compostable stirrer), scissors and iron. See instructions below!


MATERIALS PROVIDED:

  • Cotton fabric, pre-washed and cut into squares
  • Cube of beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil (the pine makes these wraps extra sticky, and the jojoba oil helps keep the wraps pliable)
  • Chip brush
  • Twine and a button (to help secure the wrap)

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Double boiler (a common double boiler alternative can be made with a heatproof mixing bowl on top of a small to medium sauce pot)
  • 2 sheets of parchment paper (make sure they are twice as big as the cotton squares)
  • Scissors
  • Large popsicle stick (or other compostable stirrer)
  • Iron

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Lay the fabric squares on one sheet of parchment paper and set to the side.
  • Double boiler (or alternative): fill the bottom pot with 1 or 2 inches of water and place it on the stove over medium heat; add the cube of beeswax to the top pot.
  • Use a large popsicle stick (or other compostable stirrer) to stir the melting cube until it is liquified.
  • When the cube is melted, brush it onto the fabric squares starting from the center out until completely covered.
  • Afterwards, put another sheet of parchment paper over the wraps.
  • Use an iron on the “cotton” setting and press it over the wraps to ensure the wax mixture is spread evenly. This will also help it seep to the other side of the fabric.
  • Remove the wraps from the parchment paper and hang them to dry (15 minutes at most).
  • Once dry, trim the edges of the wraps with scissors to prevent fraying.
  • Use the wraps to wrap up fruit, sandwiches, cheese, or to cover bowls of food. Use the twine and button, if you like, to secure the wraps.
  • Wash the wraps after each use in lukewarm water with a mild detergent and hang to dry.
  • Compost wraps after 6 – 12 months of use.

PLEASE NOTE: Beeswax wraps should not be put into the microwave, dishwasher or oven. Do not wrap hot food or bowls, because this will cause the wax to melt. To remove the wax from the chip brush, clean it with hot water, mild soap and rubbing alcohol.