Hey! As you can probably guess from reading the title of this blog post, today I’m going to be talking to you all about wax seals! Wax seals are totally not necessary, but they’re a super fun way to add some interest and flair to cards, snail mail, invitations, gift wrapping, and the like. I first got a wax seal about a month ago (I got a whole slew of new stationery goodies, actually! Check it all out here.) and I’ve been having lots of fun experimenting, so I thought it would be fun to give a little step-by-step tutorial about how to actually make a wax seal. (Spoiler alert: it’s not as hard as it looks!) Here we go!
Step 1: Gather materials
The first step is making sure you have the right stuff! You’re going to need these 5 things:
- an envelope to seal (or, if you’re like me, just a piece of paper pretending to be an envelope)
- a candle (and a match)
- a stamp (here’s the one I have—I got the A because, y’know, that’s my first initial, but this one comes in a bunch of different letters and designs)
- sealing wax (the set of ten that I have has a bunch of awesome colors, and it also comes with two candles and a spoon!)
- a wax seal spoon for measuring out wax (mine came in the set with the wax and the candles)
Step 2: Start melting
Light the candle and hold the wax stick over the flame, slowing rotating it. The wax will quickly start to melt, and rotating ensures that it won’t drip off onto the candle.
Step 3: Put wax in spoon and reheat
When the wax is about to drip off the stick, place the stick above the spoon and allow the wax to drip into the spoon. Scrape any leftover melted wax into the spoon as well. Then, repeat steps 2-3 until the spoon is about full. After that’s all done, the wax in the spoon will probably have hardened again, so hold the spoon over the candle and wait for the wax to fully melt.
Step 4: Pour the wax onto the envelope
As quickly as possible, pour the wax onto the place on your envelope where the top and bottom flaps meet.
Step 5: Stamp
As soon as the wax has been poured, take your stamp and, making sure it’s right side up, press it down into the wax. Press firmly, and after a few seconds, remove the stamp and you should have a nice wax seal! Isn’t it gorgeous and vintage and lovely?
Want some pretty wax seal inspiration? Or do you just want to swoon over pleasing pictures of stationery? You’re in luck, because I’ve got a Pinterest board for wax seals! Check it out here.
Thanks for reading! If you do this project, please post a pic in the comments and/or let me know how it turned out!