This DIY is perfect for zero waste food storage!
– cotton fabric – fabric paint – beeswax wrap bar – potato — the bigger the better! – parchment paper – sheet pan
– paring knife – paintbrush – grater – oven
Grate your beeswax wrap bar into a heatproof bowl. Speaking of which, this thing is pretty awesome. It contains a mixture of pure beeswax, jojoba oil, coconut oil and tree resin.
Use a pencil to trace the outline for your pattern onto a halved potato. Then, using a small knife, carefully carve out your design. Remember, you want to leave your pattern raised, so you’ll carve the negative space away from your chosen design until it’s raised at least 1/2″.
Next, it’s time to paint! Brush the fabric paint in a thin layer onto your potato stamp. Place the stamp on your cotton fabric, press firmly and evenly and lift straight up. Repeat until your fabric is covered. Let dry.
After your paint has dried, trim your fabric into usable squares. I made a few medium-sized ones at 15″ square and some smaller ones at 8″ square, but you can really create any size you like!
Time to microwave the grated beeswax until it’s nice and liquidy. Now’s also a good time to turn your oven’s broiler on. Place a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet, then lay the fabric on top, paint side down. Brush the melted beeswax over the fabric, making sure every bit is covered.
After the fabric has been covered by wax, put the sheet pan in the oven and let warm for 2 or 3 minutes, keeping a close eye on it. When the wax starts to bubble a bit, carefully pull it out. Take your brush and go over the wax once more. The goal here is to make sure the melted wax soaks all the way through the fabric.
Set the pan somewhere safe and let cool. Once it’s all cooled down, peel the fabric off the parchment paper and crumple it up. Now it’s ready to use!