This limited edition kit supports the work of Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd and her Trees For Bees team, whose research into the value of various trees as food sources for our honey bees is very close to our hearts as beekeepers. We encourage you to visit their website and learn how you can help our bees by growing the best food for them.
For each Trees For Bees wrap kit purchased, we will donate $2 to www.treesforbees.org.nz.
There’s no feeling quite like the achievement of using something you’ve made yourself – so we’ve made it easy for you to make your very own beeswax wraps, using our special beeswax blend.
It’s as simple as selecting your fabric, shaving or grating your wax blend onto the fabric, and infusing the wax blend into the fabric with heat from either an oven or iron.
No special equipment, no measuring, pre-melting or blending required.
And you know the recipe is right, because it’s the same recipe we use on our Dee’s Bees ready-made wraps. Your DIY beeswax wraps will be every bit as flexible, sticky, durable and hygienic as ours.
Each kit contains one 120 gram block of our special beeswax blend, wrapped in one of our ready-made wraps, and a detailed instruction sheet.
That’s enough beeswax blend in one 120 gram block to cover over half a metre of fabric, so you could make:
- 10 wraps of 20 x 25 cm, or
- 6 wraps of 30 x 30 cm, or
- the exact sizes and shapes that will best suit your needs.
Our full colour printed instructions tell you all you need to know to make your wraps using your oven or an iron to infuse the blend into the fabric, plus a bunch of handy tips and care instructions. And if there’s any question we missed, just pop on over to our facebook page or drop us an email and we’ll be happy to help.
And since they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a short video of Leo making a wrap using the oven method:
A few more things you might want to know:
What’s in the blend?
Pure New Zealand beeswax, damar tree resin and jojoba oil.
Why on earth is it in a plastic bag?
Aha! Gotcha! It's actually a genuine cellophane bag made from vegetable cellulose - fully biodegradable and home compostable. We're always happy to cut down on packaging though, so just let us know in the notes section at checkout if you're happy to go packaging free :)
I know what’s in the kit, but what else do I need?
- Pure cotton fabric of your choice
- Baking paper or parchment paper
- An oven or iron (your choice of method)
- Scissors – pinking shears if you have them, but ordinary scissors work just fine as the wax blend will hold the fabric edge together.
How long does the blend keep?
We chose our ingredients because of their long life – beeswax and tree resin pretty much last forever, and jojoba oil is actually a plant wax rather than an oil with an indefinite shelf life, so it doesn’t go rancid like oils you will see used in other products. The result: You can safely store this blend and your wraps long term, so you can make as many or few wraps as you need right now, and the blend will be just as good to make more in a year, or two, or even longer.
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