DIY Reusable Food Wrap compliments of mommypotamus
- beeswax – see below for info on how much you’ll need
- powdered pine rosin(this is what gives the wrap it’s “cling” factor) – see below for info on how much you’ll need – it will make A LOT of reusable wrap, so I recommend doing this project with friends or planning to make extra as gifts)
- jojoba oil – see below for info on how much you’ll need
- 100% cotton fabric – Needs to be very thin, like a sheet.
- scissors – pinking shears will prevent fraying
- paintbrush (can only be used for this purpose)
- cheese grater
- baking sheet (I use this stainless steel one)
- parchment paper
- thread, needle, string and buttons (optional)
- ruler or tape measure (optional)
- makeshift clothesline – binderclips make fantastic “clothes pins” if you don’t have any on hand
HOW MUCH BEESWAX, RESIN AND JOJOBA DO I NEED?
It really depends on the size and number of sheets you want to make. I wanted a small, medium, and large assortment, so I cut mine into 8×8, 11×11, and 14×14 inch squares. Here’s how much I used for one sheet of each size:
- 2 teaspoons grated packed or pellet beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered pine rosin
- 1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated packed or pellet beeswax
- 1 teaspoon powdered pine rosin
- 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon plus 2.5 teaspoons grated packed or pellet beeswax
- 1 1/4 teaspoons powdered pine rosin
- 1 1/4 teaspoons jojoba oil
1. Preheat your oven to 225F
2. Cut your fabric into the sizes you prefer. I wanted to have a small, medium, and large assortment, so I cut mine into 8×8, 11×11, and 14×14 inch squares.
3. Lay parchment paper over the baking sheet, then place your fabric on top. Sprinkle your beeswax/resin/jojoba oil mixture evenly over the top.
4. Place sheet in the oven and bake until the mixture is fully melted. This should take between 5-10 minutes.
5. Using the paintbrush, spread the mixture evenly over the fabric. In order to take this photo I took the sheet out of the oven, but usually, I just pull the sheet slightly out of the oven, brush, and then pop it back in to let the mixture even out for another minute or so. Fyi, the mixture will adhere to the paintbrush just like it does with the cloth. I bought an inexpensive brush that I keep just for this purpose.
6. When the mixture is evenly melted, remove the baking sheet from the oven and lift the sheet with tongs. I wave mine in the air to allow it to cool enough to touch (it doesn’t take long it all) then hang it somewhere so that it can “set.” This can be your laundry area if you have clothespins in there. I just waved mine around until they were mostly cool, then hung them over the back of a chair to cure. Keep in mind that it will feel very tacky at first. That mellows out fairly quickly. The end result will have grip but not be super sticky.