Several posts ago I wrote about some zero-waste practices we have been recently implementing at home. Trying to recuse the amount of trash we produce as a family is important to us, and every little bit helps. I shared some beeswax food covers I have purchased, and how we have been using them in lieu of plastic wrap. They work well, but because my mind is always churning around ideas to the tune of, “I bet I could make that!” I tried to craft my own. It was quite simple and to my surprise, they work wonderfully! I also loved the fact that I got to chose the fabric, because beauty is important, too. I settled on two of my current favorites: a goldenrod flower + classic neutral gingham.I made several different sizes to cover jars, bowls, and other glass containers, and will be making more for larger storage, like pies and casseroles. Here is how you craft them:
Step 1: Gather your materials. You’ll need the following:
- cotton fabric
- beeswax, either pellets or a block to grate
- waxed paper
- hot iron
- *micrograter if you use beeswax in block form
Step 2: Cut your selected fabric into whatever sizes you like. I made some to cover various bowls etc. so you can customize this for your needs.
Step 3: Place the cut fabric on top of a sheet of waxed paper. You may need to double up depending on the size of your fabric.
Step 4: Grate beeswax rather liberally on top of the fabric, covering every inch. Do not make one big mound in the center, but cover the entire piece with the same amount of shaved wax. If you choose beeswax pellets for this project, spread them out evenly making an even layer.
Step 5: Cover your beeswax-covered fabric with another sheet of waxed paper.
Step 6: Gently iron the fabric running it on top of the waxed paper, melting the beeswax beneath. You will notice the color of your fabric darkening and becoming more saturated as you run the iron over it, this means it’s absorbing the wax, hooray! Once you can no longer see the pellets, and every inch of fabric has turned darker, you’re done. Peel off the top layer of waxed paper and set fabric aside to dry. You can use as soon as it cools.
*To clean | Hand scrub with mild soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s) and COLD water. Hot water will melt the wax and you’ll have a mess on your hands.
And there you have it! A simple, natural, eco-friendly way to preserve your leftovers that doesn’t rely on plastic wrap. I think this craft would make a lovely housewarming gift for a friend, or perhaps a nice handmade Christmas gift idea.