DIY Beeswax Wraps for Trail Snacks with Patagonia

One of the best ways to avoid trash on our trails is to not carry it out in the first place. Employing reusable non-toxic, biodegradable and breathable beeswax snack wraps is a convenient, planet-friendly solution. Beeswax is a naturally occurring byproduct sourced from honeybees. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial, and when applied to a piece of fabric, beeswax creates a moldable, foldable wrapper. Simply warm it with your hands and then pinch to naturally seal the edges.

It’s easy to find beeswax wraps at your local grocery store, but if you have a retired tee shirt it can become a beeswax wrap too, with just a few ingredients and a bit of time.

These beeswax wraps were created in partnership with my friends at Patagonia

To make your own bees wax wraps, you’ll need:


Note that your materials will retain wax and rosin from your process, and while they can be washed to remove it this can be a tedious process so it’s best to use materials that can be dedicated to your “bees wax wrap-making process.” Once you realize how easy it is to make your own wraps, you’ll surely make them again! 

What size do I cut my fabric?

Keep in mind you can cut your wraps to any size that will fit inside the parchment of a baking sheet. If you have a particular container in mind that you often use, simply turn it over onto your fabric and mark or cut around it allowing for 1-1 1/2” excess around the edge to ensure a proper fit and seal.

Standard sizes:

With the instructions and quantities below, I created 5 beeswax wraps of varying sizes which I cut from an old t-shirt. Be creative with your fabric choice and give new life to old textiles! 

Let’s make your beeswax wraps! 

Your master bees’ wax wrap formula:

The ratio I used in this recipe was adapted from a comprehensive tutorial by Empress of Dirt which you can access here.


  1. Measure out the ingredients listed above.
  2. Wash and dry your fabric. Then cut into desired shapes/sizes.
  3. Preheat oven to 225℉.
  4. Add water to the saucepan until the mixture in the double boiler is below the waterline. This is different from making a double boiler for chocolate where you don’t want the chocolate to burn. The ingredients in this recipe are much firmer and will need lots of heat to liquefy.
  5. Add ingredients to double boiler and set to medium-high heat. Stir ingredients until a cohesive mixture is formed (20-25 minutes). Remove from heat but don’t throw out the hot water quite yet. If your mixture begins to solidify you can place the double boiler back in the water to reheat.
  6. Line a large cookie sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper. Be sure the parchment is larger than your largest piece of fabric so that the wax mixture doesn’t melt onto the pan. A second piece of parchment can be useful as a holding space for fabric while hanging pieces to dry as we work.
  7. If making different-sized sheets, lay flat your largest piece of fabric onto the parchment. If your fabric pieces are smaller you can lay flat a few at a time, just be sure the edges of your parchment extend beyond the edges of your fabric.
  8. Holding the fabric from one corner (the mixture will be quite tacky), use a paintbrush to brush the wax mixture over the entire fabric on one side. Less is more here as we can always add more mixture once heated in the oven.
  9. Place the coated fabric into the oven for 2 minutes or until the fabric looks wet. (The wax mixture will soak easily into lightweight natural fabrics so only one side needs to be saturated prior to drying).
  10. Remove from the oven and check for dry spots. Spot-treat as necessary then place back into the oven for another 2 minutes to melt the mixture evenly. A bit of excess is okay here because we will use the next fabric sheet to soak up any additional wax mixture.
  11. Once the fabric is fully coated, place the next sheet of fabric on top of the ‘finished’ wrap. Quickly and gently run your finger across the top of the dry fabric to soak up any excess wax.
  12. Once the excess wax has been transferred to the dry piece, peel apart the still-wet finished fabric and hang it immediately to dry.
  13. Repeat this process by laying the next fabric (which was used to soak up the excess from the last piece) flat onto the sheet pan and follow steps 8-10 until all fabric has been coated.
  14. The finished wax wraps will dry quickly once hung, at which point they are ready for use! If they feel too rigid, you can wash them in lukewarm water to make them a bit more pliable.

Notes on food storage, washing, and maintaining your wraps: