Why not try this easy DIY idea for a practical present this holiday season?

Reducing our waste and finding environmentally friendly packaging options is a hot trend right now. With Christmas around the corner, here’s an easy gift DIY that incorporates those themes. You may be able to find local beeswax from honey farmers. Thanks to Happy Ocean and their workshops.


Cotton cloth (must be 100% cotton)
Parchment paper cut slightly larger than cloth
Old gift card

1. Cut cloth into squares, rectangles, or circles of various sizes.

2. Melt beeswax over low heat. Use a foil pan on a warming tray or positioned in an electric frying pan.

3. Dip cloth into beeswax. When saturated, lift with chopsticks (or skewers), allowing excess wax to drip off.

4. Place on parchment paper.

5. Scrape off excess beeswax with old credit card or gift card. Flip cloth over and scrape other side. Continue until you can’t get any excess wax off.

6. Excess wax can be saved, reheated, and reused. Simply add back to your melted beeswax.

7. Fold wraps, bundle together, and tie with gift tags. Include cleaning instructions if desired (wash with warm water and mild soap).

Wax wraps can be used for months, replacing plastic wrap or tinfoil. Simply place on container or food (like cabbage or cheese) and press the wrap around to seal.

About Cheryl Young

A “Jill of all trades” describes Cheryl to a T. From operating her own handyperson company, to selling luxury cars, to working as a film and TV crew member, her resume is diverse. But her dream as a kid was to be a journalist and she started down that path many years ago at CBC Charlottetown. Returning to her journalism roots, she’s excited to be editing Salty’s content and occasionally writing herself.

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