A few moments on Pinterest looking at homemade gifts is enough to make the craftiest of us feel woefully inadequate. Pinterest is the place where bloggers use Christmas fairy dust to turn a pile of pinecones into a whimsical table centerpiece.
Where these bloggers get the fairy dust is unclear, as no stores carry it locally. Amazon also appears to be out.
A pile of pinecones, without it, remains a pile of pinecones.
“Pinterest fails,” they are called, and the internet is littered with them.
Yet the holidays call for carefully made, locally sourced, up-cycled goods. And so one has to search for an easy, thoughtful item to make the holidays cheerier for our friends and family.
Beeswax wraps have been tearing through Facebook groups like wildfire, as an easy and eco-friendly way to ditch Saran Wrap. Unlike plastic cling-wrap, they are easy to use and won’t get stuck on themselves or cut your fingers when you pull the wrap out. But beeswax wraps are wicked expensive online, with a three-pack setting you back $10-20.
After a couple of hours digging through Pinterest wins and Pinterest fails, this seems like a project for even the least crafty.
2 oz. beeswax
1 tbsp. copal resin
2 tbsps. jojoba oil
Cotton fabric cut to size (use pinking shears to avoid fraying).
Place copal resin in double boiler, let melt until liquid (about an hour).
Add jojoba oil and beeswax and mix (use a popsicle stick to avoid ruining your favorite spoon) should combine in 10-20 minutes.
Use a paintbrush to lightly cover fabric with mixture.
Place cookie sheet with fabric on it in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes, flip half way through.
Take the wrap out of the oven and pick it up by corners, wave until the beeswax has set up a bit, hang dry.
Clean with cool water and gentle soap.