I recently bought some beeswax bars on Amazon so that I could refinish a Montessori-style wooden baby rattle. Because the rattle is natural wood I knew it needed a protective coating, but wanted something baby safe. Applying the beeswax on its own was a little tricky, so I did some googling. I discovered you can easily make your own wood protector using beeswax and mineral oil. Since I had both in the house, I quickly whipped up a batch for myself.
This DIY was extremely easy and took maybe 15 minutes to complete. The finished wood protector is a soft paste that can be applied easily. Not only does it keep wood hydrated, but it also provides a slightly waterproof coating.
The best part is it’s completely food safe, easy to apply, and can be used on any unfinished wood. This protector would make a great housewarming gift, along with a beautiful wooden cutting board. Here’s how to make your own.
You will need:
– 1oz bar pure beeswax
– 1/2 cup mineral oil
– glass jar with lid for storage
Start by chopping, or shaving the beeswax bar into small pieces. I found grating it with my cheese grater worked best. Add the beeswax to a small saucepan, along with 1/2 cup of mineral oil. Gently stir the mixture on the stove until the beeswax is completely melted. Pour the mixture into a clean glass jar and allow it to cool. You will know its ready to use once its a pale opaque yellow colour. Using a clean cloth, apply small amounts of wood protector onto any item of unfinished wood. Reapply as needed.
I used this protector on all of my wooden kitchen utensils, wooden bowls, and cutting boards. I had no idea how badly my bamboo cutting board needed this. It has a whole new life now! I’m so excited to try out other DIY projects with beeswax. There may be a post about homemade lipbalm in the near future.