We know bees are awesome pollinators, providing us with the delicious fruits and veggies we all enjoy, but it doesn’t stop there! For today’s eco-activity we want you to mind your beeswax and get crafting with these reusable beeswax kitchen wraps!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 100% cotton fabric
- Beeswax pellets or a brick of beeswax (check local farms, craft stores, or farmer’s markets!)
- A tool to spread the melted beeswax with (a paintbrush, butter knife, pallet knife will work!)
- Something to air dry the beeswax wraps with (like a hanger or clothespin)
Here’s how to make your wraps:
1. Cut out different sized square and rectangular sheets of your cotton fabric – choose sizes that will fit your lunchbox or food dishes that you’ll be covering
2. Place the sheets of cotton onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a reusable baking mat
3. Spread 1-3 tablespoons (depending on the size of your fabric sheets) of beeswax pellets/shavings over half the cotton sheet
4. Fold the cotton sheets in half and place in the oven at 200° for 3-4 minutes, or until the beeswax is melted
5. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and spread the melted beeswax over the entire cotton sheet
6. Hang to dry for about 5 minutes – the wraps should be sticky but not overly so, and they shouldn’t be damp at all
Use your reusable wraps for covering leftover food, wrapping up lunchbox snacks, and more! Beeswax is a natural product that’s antibacterial and compostable, and a great way to make use of all the great things we get from bees.