This is a fun little project that is helping me go green and pinch some pennies in the New Year!
Have you heard of beeswax food wraps? I feel like I am seeing them pop up in all sorts of trendy stores, in both kitchen and gift stores. They are so cute, fun patterns and the heavenly scent of beeswax. I was easily converted into a fan!
However, the trendy prices were simply not something I could swallow. So, in true Zest fashion, I decided to DIY my own cute wraps for my kitchen.
100% cotton fabric (new or old)
clothespins & clothesline
It’s important that whatever fabric you use, it is 100% cotton. You want cotton because it does the best job of absorbing the beeswax. I have used fabric swatches that I had laying around, but you can recycle old sheets or whatever you have laying around. If it is old fabric, just make sure to clean and maybe even bleach it before you begin the process. I’m all about recycling, but no one wants to store food in dirty fabric!
Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and lay out your fabric swatch. Now, sprinkle the beeswax over the top before sliding the cookie sheet into a 250F oven. Don’t worry if you use to much beeswax! You can simply reuse it 😉
Once the beeswax has fully melted, you will see that the fabric has absorbed most of it. I used some clothes pins to hang up the wraps until they cooled and the beeswax solidified (not long).
That’s it! The wraps are ready to use as soon as they have cooled. The warmth of you hands make them pliable and helps them to hold their shape as you fold them around sandwiches and leftovers.
You can wipe them clean with some mild soapy water and reuse away!
This is such a simple, happy way to start the New Year!