DIY Reusable Food Wraps

by Paola and Isabella Milani

Keep your food fresh with these gorgeous easy-to-make and easy-to-use food wraps and reduce the amount of cling film going into landfill.



  • Old towel
  • Baking paper
  • Pinking shears (scissors)
  • Iron


1. Cut usable shapes from your cotton fabric with pinking shears.
2. Place your old towel over your table to create a base to work on.
3. Cut two sheets of baking paper.
4. Place one sheet of baking paper on top of your towel.
5. Place your cotton piece (or pieces) onto the baking paper.
6. Grate the beeswax into a bowl. You will need enough to sprinkle over your cotton fabric pieces.
7. Pour a teaspoon or two of jojoba oil into a small bowl.
8. Add one drop of lemon essential oil and one drop of orange essential oil to each teaspoon of jojoba oil.
9. Sprinkle the beeswax evenly over your fabric. Be careful not to use too much beeswax as this will make your food wrap too thick to fold and mold.
10. Sprinkle the jojoba oil evenly over your fabric. This will assist with the pliability of your food wrap.
11. Place the other piece of baking paper over the top of your cotton pieces.
12. Set your iron on the cotton setting.
13. Carefully iron over the surface of the baking paper – smoothing and pressing the beeswax mixture into all areas of the fabric.
14. Remove the top layer of baking paper to check that the beeswax has covered and melted into all of the cotton fabric.
15. If you find any areas that aren’t completely covered, sprinkle a little more beeswax onto these areas.
16. Place your top sheet of baking paper back on top of your cotton fabric pieces and iron again until the beeswax has melted into the fabric.
17. Remove the top sheet of baking paper.
18. Peel your reusable food wraps from the baking paper. The baking paper can be re-used to make multiple reusable food wraps.
19. Peg your pieces of cotton fabric up to cool. It only takes a few minutes before they are ready to use.

How to Use

Use anywhere you would use cling film to cover and preserve your food.
The warmth of your hands will soften your wraps and allow you to mold and fold them around food and bowls.

You can fold your wraps in half then fold the edges over several times to create storage bags for veges. Simply fold the top over once you’ve put your veges into the bag.

Care and Maintenance

Regularly gently wash with cool soapy water and rinse.

After six months or so you may need to maintain your wraps by adding a little more beeswax. Simply follow the steps above.

*Lemon and orange essential oils have been used for their antimicrobial properties to ensure your reusable food wrap is protected against bacteria.