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DIY Beeswax Wraps Review and Take 2 for Homemade Christmas Gifts

Leading up to Christmas we were thinking up some good homemade gift ideas for all of our relatives that already have everything and earn way more money than we do, so they can just buy whatever they want at much higher quality than we can afford.

Homemade gifts are great for these people. These are gifts with thought and love and a complete lack of brand name that cannot be searched for on any kind of price matching website.

Since our first attempt at beeswax wraps went so well, and my sister actually said she wanted me to BUY her some beeswax wraps but she didn't know "what brand was good", it was a no-brainer to get the left over beeswax and scraps of fabric out of the cupboard and whip up some more beeswax wraps for Christmas! I'd been meaning to make myself some smaller ones anyway, so this was the push we needed to get started.
Kimono Daisy cotton fabric scraps plus more
Cotton fabric scraps - some - but not all - Kimono Daisy fabrics



Before I get onto our new beeswax wraps, let me review our first beeswax wrap with the hindsight of 6 months of wrap usage. Yes! It works! We have used our first wrap regularly for 6 months, washing in cool water or wiping down with a damp sponge after each use. It has mostly been used to cover bowls of left overs in the fridge, but also to wrap things like half cabanossi sticks and cold pizza. I give it 9 points for effectiveness and saving us from additional plastic wrap usage. The only thing I miss about plastic wrap is that it is see-through. I currently have to peek under the edge of the beeswax wrap to remember what I covered with it. I know - such an effort. It's really a small price to pay for saving the planet one piece of plastic wrap at a time.


Bees wax wrap bowl covering - what's under there?
Our original large beeswax wrap.
Great over a bowl - but you have to guess what's under there!


Our first beeswax wrap was quite large. It goes well over a largish bowl or to wrap up some left overs, but the other time we usually use plastic wrap is to put on top of small bowls or open tins of corn and such. We needed some small wraps, and I thought a little set of small wraps would make a lovely Christmas gift too.

Drawing on our depth of experience of having made these once before, we knew that we didn't need as much wax this time. We cut up our scraps of fabric into smaller squares - or rectangles. We were just using up scraps, so we went with whatever shape they ended up in, as long as they were roughly big enough to cover a can.

 
After laying them out on the baking tray we grated the beeswax less enthusiastically so that we just had a thin spread of wax shavings across the fabric pieces.


Dedicated Beeswax wax brush
Dedicated wax brush ready to go




Using less wax we had to repeatedly heat the wraps in the oven in order to spread the wax thoroughly all over the fabric with our "dedicated wax brush". It was a little more work with the brush than the first time when they were pretty much instantly soaked in wax, but we wasted less wax and the fabric didn't end up with chunky white bits of wax on it. We still have wax left over to make more wraps should we need them.

Beeswax wrap covering can of corn
Perfect for a can of corn we didn't quite finish



Once the wraps were made and cooled we rolled them up into tubes and wrapped them in some brown paper that we cut out from a used shopping bag, tying it with the shopping bag handle. Using bought paper or ribbon would have gone against the entire point of the beeswax wraps. Meg & I decided to autograph them to show what "brand" the wraps were so my sister would know it was indeed a good brand.

Voila! Some very well received handmade beeswax wraps for Christmas. They went so well we gave them to everyone. My other sister did point out that she had asked us for advice earlier in the year and made them with my niece's Girl Guide group, but you can never have too many beeswax wraps right? AND ours were made with beautiful Kimono Daisy fabrics, so they are much prettier!

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