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Bees Wax Cloth Wrap to Replace the Plastic Wrap in My Kitchen + Plus a $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!

Fabric and Bees Wax Wraps Here we are in mid-January, some of us still recovering from the impact that these holidays can make on our bank accounts. I have joined 9 other bloggers in giving you 10 ideas on how to save money and for one of you to win a $250 gift card from Amazon! I love these heartful and generous ladies. You can check out their money saving tips here.

One of my New Year resolutions is to waste less and in turn to save money. I have been working to create a plastic free kitchen (not easy to do) and a step I am taking this January is to replace my plastic wrap, which is total landfill, with these yummy smelling DIY bees wax cloth wrap. I was reminded of these old fashioned goodies when I visited my urban homestead store here in Portland. They were selling these wax covered cloths for $8 a pop and I knew this was a perfect DIY. All you need is organic beeswax that you can grate or get in pellets and some cotton scraps. I picked up my cotton cloth in the quilter’s bin of pre-cut fat quarters. They were only a few dollars each. So for less than a latte, I have these pretty plastic wrap replacements. I am loving using them for my cheese and sandwiches and made several for my favorite metal bowls that often go into the fridge. To form the wrap around the bowl, let the warmth of your hands soften the wax. Remember to not wash in the dishwasher, but use a lukewarm water and some organic soap between uses. Check out my step-by-step tutorial below and after that I will tell you how to enter the giveaway!

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial. Beautiful and will make some asap. Wondering if you only have to coat one side in bees wax? Does it seep through and coat both sides? Thanks.

  2. Lia, do you find that these crack at all? Or is the wax such a thin coat that it doesn’t do that? I am seriously intrigued by this idea but I wondered about cracking. Also, can you store them folded? How do you store yours when not in use?

    I see these as a really nice cover for bowls of bread dough, as I use the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day approach and keep my dough in the fridge as I use it. Thank you for the tutorial!

    • I have not had mine crack. If they do, just pop them back in the warm oven for just a few minutes. I do think they are best if they are not over covered with wax. Thin is best. For storage, I roll mine together and place them in a drawer. That saves space and keeps them uncreased. I love these for those bowls that don’t have lids, or even something that does not need to be completely sealed. I think they will be perfect for your bread. YUM!

  3. I do hate all the plastic in my kitchen and love this idea. I will be on the look out for some inexpensive fat quarters and get started. I will also have to source the beeswax. Thank you so much for sharing x

  4. This has been on my to-do list ever since I’ve read about the idea. Is it pretty good at keeping food fresh? Also, does the beeswax eventually wash off after repeated use? We’re getting bees this Spring and I love hearing about eco-friendly ways I can use honey and beeswax.

    • I thinks it works as well as plastic but I don’t leave things in my fridge for more than a few days. If you don’t use water that melts the wax it stays on pretty well, of course you can always rewax your cloth. My favorite is the smell. LOVE the bees wax smell.

  5. I am definitely going to give these a try! Some questions since I have never used wax wraps before…
    Do you put the wax on the wrong or right side of the fabric?
    How do you clean them?

    Thanks again!

    • When you melt the wax the fabric will get completely soaked, so it doesn’t really matter. These can be cleaned with cold water. A bit of natural soap used sparingly when really needed.

  6. I am so excited to do this! I have been wanting to buy some of these wraps but they are expensive and I always talk myself out of it. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this post! Is there any concern about the chemicals or dyes in the fabric seeping into the food?

    • Great Carolyn! You can certainly choose an unprinted, unbleached organic cotton instead of a print. I think a mix is perfect, the prints to go over bowls and the unprinted for wrapping items.

  7. What a great post! I am thinking this would be a wonderful way to make my hubby and son’s lunches so fun and festive!, also for a those foodie gifts during the holidays :)

  8. What a great post! I am thinking this would be a wonderful way to make my hubby and son’s lunches so fun and festive! :)

  9. Hi Lia, so happy to find this wonderful DIY! I will definitely do this tomorrow. So excited! Blessings~

  10. Would you use these to wrap up things in a kids lunch? Like my daughter’s sandwich or her carrot slices? I feel like I go through more zippered bags then any 3 people should. I would like something that is reusable for all those lunches.

    • I actually have a post idea to make some lunch bags with this material. You can also wrap the sandwich like I did the cheese in the photo. Stay tuned.

  11. Hola Lia,
    Quina pena avui quasi no entenc res brrrrrr, he traduït tot l’escrit però no entenc massa la traducció em sembla que diu algunes coses estranyes !! ha ha ha ,
    És per cobrir el drap amb cera oi? i després embolicar aliments … posem un paper de alumini o de forn , el drap damunt i cera d’abelles per sobre , al forn a 350 graus uns minuts? És això?
    Però si és així (vull provar-ho) son 350 graus centígrads o fahrenheit??
    Gràcies i perdona per tanta pregunta, però avui lidioma se’m resisteix!!! Bbrr
    Una abraçada

    • Vaig a tractar de traduir per a vostè aquí a google. Utilitza una tela de cotó i es va trobar a la safata de forn coberta amb paper d’alumini. Escampar-cera d’abella (no massa) i posar en un forn a 177 graus centígrads. Es fon ràpidament i la tela ha d’absorbir la cera. Deixar refredar i servir!

      • Gràcies Lia
        Crec que ho he entès bé ara, de vegades les traduccions de google son una mica estranyes i amb paraules errònies, però penso que ara ho entenc i ho faré bé, quan jo pugui anar a fora compraré la cera , aquí on jo visc no hi han botigues (bé,hi han dos però només tenen lo bàsic i d’alimentació, aquest és un poble molt petit ),
        De retalls de roba cap problema , això si que en tinc un munt , a mi m’agrada cosir i …faig de tot una mica…no puc parar !!!
        També m’interessa molt la qüestió ecològica i vull fer tantes coses com pugui per no utilitzar plàstics i materials nocius,
        Gràcies bonica!!

        • That is great Anna! Glad you can figure it out.

          • Hello Lia,
            Finalment ho vaig fer la cera que vaig trobar no sé si la més ideal, però no en vaig trobar d’altra, , cera pura d’abelles, això em van dir, unes fulles molt primes i com a groga , que no és podia triturar perquè era com enganxosa, la vaig anar fent a trossos petits com vaig poder amb els dits (una feinada) però va anar bé(crec) he he he, però la roba va variar una mica el seu color de fons , és va tornar una mica groga, clar, la cera ho era, també et va passar a tu?
            Bé el cas és que em va molt bé, en vaig fer 4 de diferents mides.
            Kisses and thank you

          • El meu cera era groga pel que va donar volta la tela una mica groc també. Crec que és bo recordar que sempre es pot escalfar i fondre la cera. La meva primera, poso massa cera a la tela, així que vaig haver escalfar i fregar una mica de la cera. Jo els estimo ara i l’ús d’ells per a tot.

  12. Absolutely brilliant idea Lia! I love it.

  13. I love this craft! Been trying to find a way around using plastic wrap over my leftovers–mostly I’ve been using tons of tupperware for a single meal.

    • Since I grew up with Tupperware (and despise it) I am using all glass containers with the blue or red lids. This works for most, but sometimes this beeswax wrap is just what I need. :-)

  14. What an excellent idea! Thanks for sharing. Just wondering if you have any tips for washing beeswax off of a grater or knife? Whenever I use beeswax it seems impossible to clean off my kitchen utensils.

    • I have had the best luck with really hot water (wax melting temp), a scratch pad and soap. If you can put the item in the oven for just enough time for it to melt then use a paper towel to clean the liquid wax, that works too. I hear you about it being a sticky one.

  15. I love this idea! I have been trying to cut plastic out of my life as well. Some of the best ideas are some of the oldest ideas and this rocks my world! These would make the cutest gifts too for my friends. :)

  16. i love this idea. what a great way to make taking a lunch to work or on a picnic look speacial

  17. What a wonderful DIY ! Je suis vraiment impressionnée je ne connaissais pas cette technique, mais c’est merveilleux ! Merci pour ton DIY j’adore tout ce que tu fais.

  18. I love this idea! I have a love/hate relationship with plastic wrap…

  19. Great idea. I’ll have to try it.

  20. This is such a wonderful idea, I hate to use foil or plastic wrap, and just throw it away. Pinning, and thank you for an amazing giveaway too!!

    xo, Tanya

  21. Yes that would make a great blog post about filling a picnic basket with containers covered with these bees wax cloths.
    Do you have an old fashioned picnic basket? I have a few thankfully I bought in KY, even have one of the metal ones which is actually my favorite, smaller than others but has the wood look paint and metal handles.
    My husband made a great craft supply container out of one of other baskets, put a board on bottom and wheels so I can roll it around the house where I need it. I painted it aqua and yellow and stenciled branches and birds on top. I was really surprised when a guy that was here fixing some thing commented how pretty it looked. I love it. Happy days Lia
    Loved your project with the cloths.

    • I have TWO old wooden baskets that I have picked up for a few dollars at garage sales. LOVE them. What a great idea for using them for everyday. What a sweet hubby you have. :-)

  22. great idea & nice gifts to take to friends house.

  23. I’ve seen these but just plain boring (but useful) ones for sale. I can’t wait to find some bees wax! As a quilter, I have lots of great fabrics to use. Thanks so much!

  24. Awesome post! I just finished packing my lunch for tomorrow and felt pangs of guilt as I wrapped my bowl of salad with plastic wrap. This will be a fun project for the upcoming 3 day weekend, and I have plenty of pretty fabric scraps to use. Thank you so much! : )

    • Haha. Oh dear! Well just enjoy that salad anyway. The bees wax isn’t sticky so you could make an elastic band to hold it in place if you are taking it to the office.

  25. What a fabulous idea Lia! I’m going to try this for some of those little food gifts I love to give away…it’s like a pretty wrapping paper for food :)
    ~ Melissa

  26. Great tip! Do you sprinkle the foil covered sheet pan and the top or just the top?

  27. Great idea! I don’t know if we’d cut out plastic wrap completely but these would sure help cut down a lot of use and make one roll last longer! I’d love to see what you do to replace Tupperware containers!

    • It is hard to ditch the zippy plastic bags for me. I am working on it though. I use glass bowls with plastic lids rather than Tupperware. My daughter grew up knowing how not to break glass since I didn’t have any plastic dishes. I did it because it looked prettier, but now I do it for the eco impact.

  28. I want to win!!!

  29. Great tip! I never quite considered replacing plastic wrap, yet when I think about it, its silly I haven’t. It is bad for landfills, plus it can be harmful to aanimals that might get ahold of it. Thanks, Lia!

    • Thanks Tasha! I really love the smell of these too. I want to make a whole picnic basket filled with adorable eco containers including these. Ooohh. That is a blog post. ;-)

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