Last week we shared how to make DIY cutting boards. In that post we hinted that you could make your own cutting board oil/wax to protect your project even better than with mineral oil alone.
So today were showing you this easy Cutting Board Oil/Wax how to, which also happens to be a perfect holiday gift idea.
Here's what you need:
- Mineral Oil
- Bees Wax (we have a place in our neighborhood called The Bee Shop which you guessed it, sells all things bee including 100% bees wax. You should be able to buy some at your local craft store (in the candle making isle.)
- Popsicle stick for stirring
- Double boiler or saucepan and small metal mixing bowl
- Small lidded jar (mason jar or Weck jar)
- String or ribbon
Fill the bottom of your double boiler or saucepan half way full with water and simmer on the stove.
Measure out 5 parts mineral oil to one part beeswax, and place in your double boiler or small metal mixing bowl. Place your bowl or double boiler over simmering water.
Stir occasionally until the beeswax completely melts into the mineral oil.
Gently (it's hot!) pour the oil/wax mixture into your jar(s) and let cool. When cool place lid on top.
Make a label for your oil/wax and attach with string.
Ta da! Cutting board oil/wax! After applying several coats of mineral to your cutting board, finish with a coat or two of this oil/wax mixture. Rub on a small amount with a clean lint-free cloth, and buff to a shine. If you find your oil/wax too hard to apply, heat it gently until it becomes softer.
This is a great DIY gift for the chef in your life. This holiday, make them a cutting board or two, and a jar of oil/wax. Your friends and family will love the gift. (The downside will be that they will all want one!)
BTW while you're at it, make this recipe with a little less mineral oil, and a splash of honey, and you've made yourself some DIY lip balm! Pour into small tins and enjoy! (Just don't go eating it by the mouthful, remember where we found mineral oil in the drug store....)