DIY Waterproofing Wax

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2014’s Christmas project was entirely Caveman’s, from idea to implementation. (He is quite the President of Homemade Gifts, you know. For the past couple years, we’ve given this and this.) I think the only involvement I had to was to whine about the smell and then to beautify (meaning, tie a ribbon around) the pots at the end. Caveman really did a great job.

So without further ado… (Drum roll, please) …

Our homemade Christmas present this year is a DIY WATERPROOFING WAX.

Random, I know. But so wonderfully practical! We figured that most of our friends and family will have one or two items lying around that could use a little weather barrier.

Caveman made the mixture early this fall so he could try it out on his boots during his week huntin’ in the Colorado high country. His verdict was that the waterproofing compound worked really well for tromping around in snow. He also mentioned that he doesn’t recommend the wax as a wetness barrier when submerged in a thigh-deep bog. So, watch out for that. 🙂 The one drawback he noted was that the wax seal prohibited the boots from breathing correctly and his feet got quite sweaty. (Between you and me, I’d say that’s not anything new. 😉 ) He is excited to try it out on a large camping canvas.

The process to make your own waterproofing wax is simple although it does combine some hazardous materials.


making waterproofing wax

Caveman used this video and this video to help walk him through the process. Basically you melt beeswax, turpentine and boiled Linseed oil and then let the mixture cool into a waxy substance.

16oz (1LB) Beeswax
8oz Turpentine
8oz boiled Linseed oil

To apply, simply rub the wax over the item you have chosen to waterproof. Then use heat—we used my hair dryer—to melt the wax into the fibers of the item. The end texture might be little oily but mostly dry and stiff.

Applying the DIY Waterproofing wax

If you choose to make your own DIY waterproofing wax, Caveman suggests using it on canvas materials—tarps, belts, winch covers, totes, etc.

The wax ended up being a cute, unique little gift for under $6 apiece!





(Disclaimer… as always, if you decide to take on making your own waterproofing wax, be careful about it. Do the necessary research and use safety equipment.) 🙂




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