Styling Wax Seals With Ribbon & Twine

Whether you have already decided you are using wax seals and ribbons on your wedding invitations or you are just discovering the beauty of these two details combined, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about using wax seals and ribbons together!

We talk tips and tricks, methods, measurements and tools, and styling! Get ready to take some notes, because this guide is FULL of information.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for making wax seals on ribbon or twine:

  • Have a hair straightening iron close by! It is the perfect tool for ironing out any wrinkles in your ribbon and it’s smaller/easier to handle than a real iron.
  • Thick Wax Paper is your best friend. Why? Keep reading…
  • Decide on what style you like (see style inspo below) and how much ribbon you’ll be using for each invite. Cut and prepare all your ribbon before starting! Sounds obvious but make sure you order enough ribbons, different styles require different amounts of ribbon!

Wax Stamp vs. Wax Seals

In this section we are going to break down the different methods you can use to create a wax seal and ribbon look. We discuss how to approach each method for success and the pros and cons!

Wax Stamp

To make your own wax seals on ribbon or twine, we have one tried and true tip. THICK WAX PAPER! This method ensures that the wax seal doesn’t stick directly to the invite. Instead, it will float perfectly on top!

Pros: Control over the look of the wax seals, creative flexibility, wax seal meshes or melts into the ribbon

Cons: Time consuming, room for more waste/mistakes

  • Cut pieces of wax paper (smaller than the size of your invitations) and have them ready to go!
  • Lay your invitation on top of your pre-cut ribbon, cross it over in front. We recommend the cross over style (versus the knot) as wax seals look best on a flat surface.
  • Underneath the crossed ribbon, place a piece of thick wax paper. This is to protect your invitation from getting sealing wax directly on it.
  • Make your wax seal on top of the ribbon and wax paper. Once completely cooled, remove the paper and your wax seal will be fully adhered to the ribbon only!
  • NOTE: Not any wax paper will work! Make sure the wax paper has a thick wax coating. You may have to perform some trial and error to figure out which brand works best for you.
  • To watch a video of this method, click here!

Wax Seals

To use our premade, self-adhesive wax seals with ribbon, you can use the following trick to ensure the wax seals don’t stick directly to the paper and only to your ribbon!

Pros: More efficient since the wax seals are premade, consistency among the look of the wax seals

Cons: You lose the effect of the wax seals being “melted” into the ribbon

  • When placing your wax seal order, choose “none” for the adhesive option on Custom Image Wax Seals. For stock designs, put in your order notes that you do not want adhesive backings on your wax seals. For this method, you will need to order one pack of sealing wax in the same color as your wax seals!
  • Pre-cut your ribbons and small pieces of thick wax paper (wax paper should be smaller than the size of your invitations).
  • NOTE: Not any wax paper will work! Make sure the wax paper has a thick wax coating. You may have to perform some trial and error to figure out which brand works best for you.
  • Cross the ribbon over and place a piece of wax paper underneath the ribbon. We recommend not making a knot with the ribbon, as wax seals best adhere to a flat surface!!
  • After you have crossed your ribbon, in the location where you want your wax seal, put a tiny blob of wax in the same color as your wax seals, onto the ribbon.
  • Quickly press the premade wax seal onto the blob of wax. Remove wax paper and voila!

Blushed Design – Ribbon Video Tutorial


“Measure twice, cut once” but how much ribbon do you need? That is the question

If you are making your own wax seals, you will also need to do some measurements. We have a great tool for calculating how much sealing wax you will need, based on the number of invites you are sealing and the size of the stamp you are using.

To calculate how much Sealing Wax you’ll need for your project, visit the PRO website, click on any pack of Sealing Wax Sticks and select “Sealing Wax Calculator” or click here!

Styling Wax Seals

The Twine Wrap

Photo Credit: PaperOcelot Studios


Like A Present

Photo Credit: Ciarra Claire

The Classic

Photo Credit: Jenny Sanders + Tara Lynn Butterworth

The Superhero

Photo Credit: Claire Falco

Twice Around

Photo Credit: Tono & Co. + Ryan Franklin Chin

Single Twine Wrap

Photo Credit: PaperOcelot Studios + Mason Neufeld Photography

The Wrap Up

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on ribbons and wax seals! You are now fully equipped to go out into the world and create your own wax seal and ribbon dreams!

If you have any questions, let us know. You can email the Pro Team at!


The Artisaire Pro Team