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DIY - How to make hemp wraps

Published Nov 14, 2022 10:00 a.m. ET
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It might not be the more efficient or cost-effective way of doing things, but if you want to make hemp wraps, there are several awesome benefits to consider. You’ll get to know everything that’s inside your homemade hemp wraps, the process is therapeutic, and it can be quite a bit of fun if you’re an artsy-craftsy type of person with enough spare time to get it done.

What you’ll need

  • Hemp
  • Sponge
  • Pantyhose
  • Wooden frame
  • Plastic tub (big enough to dip the frame)
  • Blender
  • White felt fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Cookie sheet

Making a wood frame

If you’re going to make homemade hemp wraps, you’re going to need a frame that’s the perfect size to shape them. This can be done with a small photo frame that's around the same size as most blunt wraps, or you can make your own using any kind of wood slats. Even popsicle sticks will work well, as long as they’re attached by glue or elastics that will work to hold everything together, long enough for the paste to set. It will take a surprising amount of plant materials, so be sure to have plenty on hand before getting started.

An important note

It’s the fibrous nature of the hemp plant that makes this work, but almost any processable part will do. That’s right! You can make hemp wraps out of flower, leaves or even the stem, though it’s a good idea to stick mainly with the softer bits (flower, leaves) if you want the wrap to stick to itself well, otherwise, you might need some blunt glue to seal your homemade hemp wraps, and they might not be so malleable.

Instructions

  1. Soak your hemp plant materials in warm water for 2 hours.

  2. Remove the hemp from the water, squeeze out as much liquid as you can and then dump the materials into a blender.

  3. Stretch a pair of pantyhose over your wooden frame and staple it into place.

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  • Fill a plastic tub approximately halfway with water, and then add the pulp to the mix.

  • Press the frame into the tub and gently guide it side to side to gather some of the pulp. The goal here is to create a thin, even layer of it in the bottom of the frame.

  • Once you’re satisfied with the thickness of your hemp pulp, slowly pull it out of the water, and then let it rest on the edge of a piece of fabric.

  • Wrap the open top of the frame with the fabric, place the sponge underneath the mould, and then gently press on the material to remove any remaining liquid.

  • Now, slowly peel back one corner of the fabric. If all has worked successfully, then your hemp fiber sheet should lift out of the mould attached to the fabric. If it doesn’t, then it means you’ve left too much liquid behind, and you’ll have to start back at step 5 and try again until it does.

  • Once the sheet lifts and is attached to the fabric, you can flip it over and use your fingers to smooth out any imperfections.

  • Very carefully peel back the hemp sheet and then leave it on a cookie sheet to dry out.

  • Once the hemp wrap is dry, it’ll be ready to roll up and smoke!

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