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.
|Cotton fabric scraps - some - but not all - Kimono Daisy fabrics|
|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 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.
|Perfect for a can of corn we didn't quite finish|
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!