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Make Baby Stuff Newsletter, Issue #016-- Beeswax Wood Polish Recipe
July 28, 2010

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Beeswax Wood Polish Recipe by Woodmouse

woodmouse handmade wooden toys

Tutorial & photos from Woodmouse Toys who is back in business again (ahem) and busy making eco-friendly wooden toys.

woodmouse beeswaxYou might be wondering why a beeswax wood polish recipe is included in our baby crafts newsletter. Well, other than that you might want to use it on any wooden toys you make, it can also be fun for the little ones.

Yep, it can even help teach them to care for their toys. My son (now 3) loves to help to beeswax his wooden toys. He takes great pride in it actually. Set down a pile of natural wooden toys (or a cutting board, wooden bowls, wooden spoons, etc) and away he goes, rubbing his little fingers full of beeswax polish all over the wood. It is also slimy, so a great sensory experience and it really is fun to let them take care of their own toys.

Beeswax Recipe & Instructions
1 part beeswax & 4 parts oil (options include olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, walnut oil, etc)

woodmouse beeswax

Use a cheese grater to shave your beeswax into tiny bits which will be easier to melt. Fill a measuring cup with one cup of your chosen oil. Add beeswax to your measuring cup until it reads 1 and 1/4 cups. This means you've added 1 cup oil and 1/4 cup beeswax.

Next, heat up the mixture on the stove top or in the microwave until the beeswax shavings melt completely. Pour melted mixture into a glass storage container and let cool, stir it every half hour so it cools smoothly and evenly.

woodmouse beeswax Once fully cooled, put a bit on your fingers and smooth over the unfinished wood. Wipe off excess with a cotton cloth. Let the little ones gather all their natural wooden items and have a beeswax party!

Store in an airtight container. For further details, please see the original woodmouse beeswax recipe tutorial posted last week.

Visit Woodmouse Toys for eco-friendly wooden toys made from sustainably harvested, domestic woods. Made by yours truly, a craft at home mama!

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