DIY: Beeswax wraps - video transcript

This page is a video transcript of the DIY: Beeswax wrap video on Council's YouTube channel. The video is nearly 4 minutes and 30 seconds long. 


>> LT: Hello, my name’s LT and this is Allison and we’re with Brisbane City Council environment centres and we’re here today to show you how to make your own beeswax wraps at home. They’re a great alternative to plastic food wrap.

But first we’d just like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land that we meet today, and acknowledging Elder’s past, present and emerging.

>> ALLISON: So to start, there really are only a few things that we need to get started. So come on down and have a look.

First thing we need to do, is to grab some baking paper, and pop it on the bottom. You then need, to cut out the fabric that you wish to use with your scissors, at the desired size, length or shape that you require, that will fit the containers or bowls that you’re looking to use. 

We are going to place it on top of baking paper.

The next thing we’re going to do, is grab some of the grated beeswax we have here, and we are going to sprinkle it over our fabric.

The next step, we are going to put the baking paper over the top, and grab our iron, place on top of the baking paper and iron away. You’re instantly going to notice here, that the wax is melting, and you can tell, where you need to redo.

And if there’s any areas you’ve missed, you can take the first layer of baking paper off and you can fill in the other areas. So, it’s back over there again. Wonderful. Be very careful, as it still may be little bit hot, so you want to be very careful here. Pick that up.

>> LT: Careful not to burn your fingers.

>> ALLISON: And give it a wave in the air. This won’t take long at all, for cooling, and there you have it, your very own beeswax wrap.

>> LT: To clean them, just run them under cold water, use a little bit of gentle mild soap, rinse them off. You can roll them in a tea towel if you like or just let them air dry. Then they’re ready to reuse again and again.

>> ALLISON: So, after a little while, these start to have a little bit of wear and tear. And you might think, well, maybe it’s time to throw this out, but there’s no need to. All you need to do is re-wax them again. Grab your grated wax, pop it on, wherever the wear and tear is, place it on top and follow through with the iron. That will fix and seal anywhere that is starting to show any wear and tear, and then, they’ll be good as new.

>> LT: Well thanks Allison, that’s fantastic.

>> ALLISON: You’re welcome.

>> LT: What a great way, easy, to make your own beeswax wraps at home. This is a great way to avoid plastic waste going into landfill or ending up as litter and harming wildlife, our waterways and the oceans. So, thank you very much for joining us today and...

>> BOTH: That’s a wrap!

Last updated: 29 April 2021