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How to make oilcloth yourself with beeswax or vegan way – Simple instructions.

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Make your own oilcloth to wrap food

Few people are aware of the advantages of oilcloth. Yet they are really useful helpers in the kitchen and in the household , with which you can not only save money, but also protect the environment. Namely, with an oilcloth you can just wonderfully close containers and in this way properly store food. And since you can use a cloth again and again, it is also a cheaper alternative to cling film. Are you curious and would like to use oilcloth instead of cling film in everyday life? Then we have even more great news! You can namely also make oilcloth yourself and need for it no expensive and especially few things. Today we show you how it works and offer you a few variations for a beeswax cloth DIY, as well as a vegan alternative, with which you can make oilcloth for food itself. Have fun with your DIY!

Make your own oilcloth with beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil

Make your own oilcloth in a few simple steps

Beeswax is one ingredient you need to make waxcloths. In addition, there are other products such as jojoba oil , pine resin and of course a cloth, which should be 100% cotton. If you want to make oilcloth yourself, furthermore, get parchment paper as a base, as well as a paint brush. Also set aside a baking sheet, clothespins and two pairs of tongs. Depending on the size of the cloth, you will of course need different amounts of the ingredients. By and large, you should include the following amount:

20 x 20 cm make your own oilcloth

  • 2 tsp. beeswax (grated or in the form of pastilles)
  • 2 tsp pine resin powder
  • 1/2 tsp jojoba oil

Make your own oilcloth and cover bowls in an environmentally friendly way

Make 30 x 30 cm beeswax cloth

  • 1 tbsp and 1 tsp beeswax (grated or in the form of pastilles)
  • 1 tbsp. and 1 tsp. pine resin powder
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil

35 x 35 cm make your own beeswax cloth

  • 1 tbsp. and 2 1/2 tsp. beeswax (grated or in the form of pastilles)
  • 1 tbsp. and 2 1/2 tsp. pine resin powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp jojoba oil

Beeswax cloth instructions

cut cloths in any size from cotton fabric


You can make the wax cloth from beeswax in a few steps. If you want to make waxcloth yourself, first of all preheat the oven together with the baking tray to 80 degrees. In the meantime, cut your cloth to the desired size. You can also cut several sizes at once and make more than one oilcloth at once. The hot baking tray will later allow you to soak the cloth with the wax at your leisure without it setting too quickly.

Melt beeswax in a water bath and coat a piece of cloth

Heat the respective amounts of ingredients in a water bath at low temperature. Remember that beeswax can also take a little longer to melt. Meanwhile, stir at regular intervals. Once everything is melted and well mixed together, remove the baking sheet from the oven, line it with the parchment paper and the fabric over it. Now you can use the painter’s brush to pick up some of the wax liquid and spread it on the cloth. Make sure that the entire cloth is well covered in the process.

To make a wax cloth, you can grate beeswax pastilles or a piece of beeswax


Now put the cloth together with the baking tray into the oven for about 2 minutes. The oilcloth should look wet when you take it out. Check again to make sure there are no dry spots either. If there are, repeat the steps again. Finally, use the tongs to remove the finished oilcloth from the tray and wave it around a bit to help it cool faster. Once you can handle it with your hands without burning yourself, hang the cloth up with the clothespins so it can harden completely. But it can also cool on the tray. Already you have made the beeswax cloth itself! After you make the wax cloths yourself, they will still be very sticky at first. This is normal and will pass very quickly. After that, it will only be sticky enough to seal the containers well.

Make your own waxcloth only from beeswax

Make your own wax cloths and spread beeswax pastilles over a cloth

If you would like to use only beeswax, this is also possible. To do this, preheat the oven as in the instructions above. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cloth over it. Now spread beeswax pastilles over it. You can also use crushed candle remnants. Put everything in the oven and take out the tray with the cloth as soon as the wax has melted. Now brush the liquid wax over the cloth until it is completely saturated. Let the cloth cool on the tray or hang it up for this purpose.

Remove the oilcloth with melted wax from the oven and spread it well

If you would like to make wax cloths yourself that are also pleasantly soft, you can also add coconut oil or other vegetable oil (except olive oil or linen oil) to the wax. Then you should melt and mix both ingredients in a water bath and proceed as in the first instruction. 2 heaping tablespoons of beeswax are then combined with 1 teaspoon of oil.

Make oilcloth vegan

Make oilcloth vegan with vegetable wax like canola wax, sunflower wax or soy wax

Of course, you can also make the oilcloth DIY project vegan. Then, instead of beeswax, simply use any plant wax. Sunflower wax, canola wax and soy wax are particularly suitable for this purpose. However, all wax sosrts also have a different melting temperature. Sunflower wax in particular will therefore take longer to melt. It is recommended to preheat the oven to 100 degrees then. Rapeseed wax, on the other hand, resembles beeswax.

Washing oilcloth

Beeswax can be combined with jojoba oil, coconut oil and other vegetable oils to soften the oilcloth

You would like to make your own oilcloth, but you think that the maintenance is complicated? But the care of oilcloth is very simple! You should only note that it should never be washed with warm or even hot water, because then the wax will melt again. Instead, use cold water, as well as mild soapy water. Then simply allow the cloth to air dry.

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