Lately I have been on a journey to making our household a bit more eco friendly and sustainable, while saving us money. I began researching into this idea a little while ago, thinking it would cost me an arm and a leg to attempt to become more eco friendly.
It was a very happy surprise that I found out that if I properly dive into this, then I can end up saving myself and family money while being healthier and great for the environment. Win for everyone right?
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What you will need for the bees wrap:
- Cotton fabric
- An old paintbrush
- Cheese grater
And that’s it! Really it’s such a simple process. The most expensive part will be the beeswax however, if you shop around a bit you can find some that is a good price. Whatever you do, don’t go to your local craft store because it’s so much more expensive then anywhere else. If you happen to live by any hutturite (I’m so sorry I’m spelling that wrong) colonies, check there first, their prices are usually quite low. If not, here’s a link to amazon that has some really reasonable priced beeswax I go to if I’m in a pinch.
If your looking for fabric, check out wal-mart. They have squares for about 3 dollars Canadian. From two squares I made 6 wraps, 2 larger and 4 smaller, the wraps last quite awhile so it’s definitely worth the money.
Cut the fabric squares into the sizes you want to use. Make a couple of the sizes you know you will use the most.
Grate the beeswax, if it isn’t already in pellet form. Don’t worry about the amount, you can grate more as you need it.
Next, preheat your oven to 200 and lay out some parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Line up your fabric on the sheet, and sprinkle the beeswax over the fabric as evenly as you can.
Place it in the oven for a few minutes while it melts, don’t walk away for too long or your fabric will burn. Trust me, been there, done that.
When you pull it out of the oven, use the old paintbrush to evenly spread the beeswax. If there is any spots you need more, sprinkle some more on then pop back in the oven. Repeat until the fabric is fully covered. I don’t always go to the very edges completely, but that’s personal preference.
Once you have them covered how you want, then it’s time to hang them up to dry. They dry pretty instantly once removed from the heat but I like to hang them up for a little longer.
And honestly that’s it! That’s all there is to it, pretty simple right? It’s wonderful because if your a mom, then you might be like me. Going through a lot of plastic wrap and plastic bags. Between these and reusable sandwich bags, you end up saving so much money, plus you don’t have to worry about running out when you need them the most!
Let me know if you try this out, send me pictures!