DIY Beeswax Wraps (Reusable Food Wraps)

DIY Beeswax Wraps (Reusable Food Wraps)

Want to reduce plastic waste in your kitchen? Learn how to make homemade beeswax wraps to store food instead! They are reusable, non-toxic, biodegradable, and really easy to make.

After cleaning, you can use it time and time again, saving money for you and save energy for our planet.


  • Fabric (100% cotton, linen or hemp – no synthetics)
  • Scissors or pinking shears
  • Beeswax gratings or shaved block beeswax
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Pine Resin
  • Something to hang the wraps up to dry - such as a clothes hanger or twine and clothespins
  • Parchment paper or tin foil
  • Paint brush. To help spread the wax evenly across the fabric after it melts.
  • Baking tray(s) and oven

Wax Preparation:

  • Combine 125g beeswax, 40g pine resin, and 20g (20mL) organic jojoba oil in a water-bath double-boiler on the stovetop.
  • Heat until melted and fully combined.

Wrap Preparation:

  • Cut the fabric into desired shapes and sizes of your choice. (See common size suggestions in the notes below).
  • Line baking tray(s) with baking paper or tin foil and lay fabric on top.
  • Use a brush to apply an even coat of the melted mixture across the whole surface of the fabric.
  • Place in oven until wax fully re-melts and soaks into fabric; approximately 5 minutes.
  • Immediately hang to dry while still wet and pliable. If needed, place back in the oven to re-melt and then hang.
  • Allow to fully dry, and then they are ready!

Suggested best sizes for beeswax wraps:

  • Small 20 x 20cm: ideal for covering small items like the top of a mason jar, half an apple or avocado, or the cut end of a cucumber. 
  • Medium 25 x 25cm: cover an average bowl, block of cheese, half a sandwich, or other small to medium vegetables like a partial head of cabbage
  • Large 35 x 35cm: cover a full sandwich, half a modest watermelon, small baking dish or average pie pan, or a medium mixing bowl - such as a bowl or basket of proofing sourdough!
  • Extra-large 40 x 40cm or greater: create an extra-large homemade beeswax wrap to cover large bowls and baking dishes, whole or partial loaves of bread, and more.

Cleaning Homemade Beeswax Wraps + Ongoing Care:

  • Wash your homemade beeswax wraps with cold to lukewarm water and mild soap.
  • Avoid using hot water since it can melt the wax.
  • You can also wipe them down with a damp cloth.
  • Allow the wraps to air dry and then store them in a cool, dry place.
  • When fully dry, simply fold them up and tuck them in a kitchen drawer.

Homemade beeswax wraps should withstand several years of use. Once they become old, thin, and/or less sticky, it is easy to refresh them! Simply tuck the old wraps back in the warm oven with a small sprinkle of beeswax to provide a fresh new coating and lease on life. If they’re really old and beat up, you could simply compost them. Since they are made from 100% natural materials, beeswax wraps are biodegradable.