Sunday, 13 August 2017

DIY Beeswax Food Wraps.

Since having Violet I've become more and more aware of ensuring I look after this little planet of ours, as much as physically possible. It's no secret that I use way too much plastic and should be recycling more than I do. But I'm certainly on the way to making some more changes. Of course, we're doing our bit as V is in cloth nappies and I really do feel as though that's helping us make a difference but there is always more that we can do. 

I'm a sucker for anything that comes in plastic packaging - pastries, sandwiches, fruit salads and fizzy drinks. And really there is no need for me to be picking these things up when I'm out. I am really trying with choosing cans instead of bottles and need to invest in a reusable bottle. But for now I've managed to get around the excessive plastic sandwich packaging and made some DIY beeswax food wraps. 

These are so simple to make but really effective at keeping your food fresh on the fridge/cupboard or used to bring out some snacks for on the go. Plus they mean I'm cutting down on the amount of plastic I'm using on a daily basis. And making them yourself can save you lots of money from the pre-made beeswax wraps you can find online. These worked out around 25-50p each to make, bargain!

I had a good old google to find a step by step, but settled for this one from Apartment Therapy as it was the most straight forward. 

All you need is beeswax beads (I picked mine up from Amazon), some thin cotton-type fabric (I got scraps from eBay), scissors, baking paper, tin foil (optional) and an oven. 
1) Cut your wrap to size, it's entirely up to you what size or shape. I'd suggest trying a few different types of fabric too, some take to the wax better than others. 

2) Pre-Heat the oven to around 90 degrees Celsius. And lay out your tin foil and baking paper on top. 

3) Pop down your fabric and sprinkle an even coating of wax beads. You can always add more or re-melt to get the excess off of there is too much. 
4) Heat until the wax is melted. About 4-5 minutes. 

5) Take the wrap out of the oven and lift off the baking paper ensuring that the whole thing is covered in wax. Be careful as the wax may be warm but shouldn't be too hot to hold. 

6) The wax hardens quickly, so pop it down on a flat surface to fully dry and your wrap is ready to go!

Just a note to say make sure you wash with cool soapy water, anything too warm will melt the wax. 

It was a little trail and error to begin with but it was super quick and not too messy at all. We've tried our wraps out a few times already and I'm pleased to say they're doing a fab job at keeping our sandwiches fresh for picnics!

Let me know if you give these a go. 

Katie xx
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