Good morning Mrs. Maker again…by now you’ve probably learned or assumed that I love a project and a challenge. This next piece was a bit of both. The project itself was super easy, but making a video…that is a work in progress. We went for it, more to show a different spin on how to do this, but being a work in progress I would appreciate feedback.
Now, onto the good stuff.
Between BBQ s, Meal-prep, and Leftovers we use a lot of plastic wrap. If you’re like me, there’s probably no love lost between you and plastic. Most food-related plastics – including cling wrap and so-called “BPA-free” containers – can release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen. Plastic wrap can take up to 500 years to decompose!
In our effort to create less waste and do better at green living, this HomeSpun idea was perfect for this.
Bees Wrap is the BEES KNEES!
It’s perfect for wrapping snacks, fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and even bowls.
To use, just place over a bowl or container, wrap around food like cheese, or fold into a snack bag. The warmth from your hands will mold the wrap into the desired shape.
They can be washed with cold water and a mild soap
*Since they cannot be washed with hot water they are not recommended for meat or the dishwasher.
Depending on how frequently they’re used, they can last for up to a year. After that all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
Let’s get this party started!!
Stuff you will need.
- cotton material
- sharp scissors
- parchment paper
- beeswax beads or pellets
- large cutting board
Using scissors to reduce fraying, cut several squares from your cotton material. I cut several different sizes you just need enough to have a bit of overhang on your bowl or pan.
Choose a large flat work surface and make sure to cover it with something that can withstand heat. (I used an old giant cutting board.) Tear off two square sheets of parchment paper, both bigger than your largest pre-cut cloth square.
Place one pre-cut cloth square on top of your parchment paper. Sprinkle beeswax beads evenly over cloth square, making sure to cover all the way to edges.
Place second sheet of parchment paper over the top. With a hot iron on the “cotton” setting, gently iron over the top of the parchment paper, going back and forth a few times.
Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and take a look at the fabric. Areas that did not get enough beeswax will be lighter in color. Simply sprinkle a small amount of wax on those areas, cover with parchment paper, and iron again.
Carefully remove the hot fabric from your work surface and hang to dry. Fabric will stiffen as it dries.
Viola’ you are making a difference and creating less waste.
This project worked out very well for me, but I am curious to see how it went for you. Let me know in the comments. Please include pictures if you would like.