How To Make Wax Seals - A Step by Step Guide

Do you want your loved ones to receive beautiful mail? Absolutely! Could anything be a more perfect compliment to your envelopes than a wax seal? Of course not!

But… how do you make the perfect one? What type of wax should you use? What is the best technique? Can you mail wax seals?

Don’t worry – we have ALL the answers you need to make the perfect wax seal!

First of all – if you’ve never made wax seals before… we are SO excited that you’re here! Whether this is your first time or fiftieth time making wax seals, this guide is going to cover everything you need to know about mastering the art wax seals!

What Is A Wax Seal?

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A wax seal is stamped sealing wax, usually used to seal wedding invitations, envelopes and stationery closed. However when not keeping something closed a wax seal does an amazing job of being a beautiful embellishment!

Want to make the best wax seal?

When it comes to making the perfect wax seals what your stamp is made from makes a huge difference in how your seals will look.

There are lots of different options available – from solid brass, to brass coated alloys and even aluminum. The best option is to use a solid brass stamp.

Why? Solid brass is designed to hold temperature the longest, keeping your stamp cooler longer so you can make seals quicker than stamps made from other materials.

Even more importantly – solid brass has the perfect hardness to hold much finer detail, meaning your seals will be more intricate and therefore more gorgeous on your envelopes!

What do I Need to Make A Wax Seal?

If you answered ‘yes’ that this is your first time making wax seals – here is the perfect list for you!

When it comes to making beautiful wax seals for your wedding, brand or special event, having the right tools to make your wax seal is key!

How Do I Make A Wax Seal?

Now comes the fun part – making your wax seals!

Depending on your sealing wax you will have different methods to creating wax seals. let's go over how to use 3 popular styles of sealing wax: Glue Gun Style, Sealing Wax Beads, and Traditional Sealing Wax to make your wax seals.

Glue Gun Sealing Wax Method

Glue Gun Sealing Wax is one of the most brilliant inventions to the world of wax seals and is our #1 recommended sealing wax!

Designed to fit in a standard glue gun (0.44" diameter chamber) - this sealing wax provides you with more accurate, more consistent wax seals, in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.

Why We Love This Method:

  • Quick and easy-to-use
  • Wax melts quickly and consistently
  • Creates the perfect pour with no risk of burning or spilling

STEP 1: Insert two sealing wax sticks into the chamber of your glue gun, then turn on and allow to heat up.

STEP 2: Once your wax is heated, pull the trigger to pour wax onto your surface. Aim for a pour slightly bigger than your stamp.

STEP 3: Press your chilled wax stamp in the center of the hot wax. Leave for 10 seconds.

STEP 4: Gently peel your stamp away from the cool wax. If sticking occurs let your wax cool more, or use more ice when chilling your stamp.

Sealing Wax Beads Method

For all you romantics out there, this is the option for you!

Sealing wax beads are a great way to slow down and enjoy the therapeutic process of making wax seals. Plus, you can melt different colored beads together and have fun experimenting.
Now, if you’re short on time or need to make a lot of seals at once – we would recommend saving this method for another time. While it’s super relaxing, it does take a lot more time than using the glue gun method

Why we love this method:

  • Relaxing to slow down and hand pour a wax seal
  • Easy to make swirls, or mix colors
  • Feeling like a true artisan when everyone is double-tapping your insta video

STEP 1: Melt 1-2 Sealing wax beads in your spoon, approximately 1.5" above an open flame.

STEP 2: Pour a circle of wax (slightly larger than your stamp) onto your envelope in a circular motion.

STEP 3: Press your chilled wax stamp in the center of the hot wax. Leave for 10 seconds.

STEP 4: Gently peel your wax seal away from the cool wax. If sticking occurs let your wax cool more, or use more ice when chilling your stamp.

Traditional Sealing Wax Method

To all of you Phantom of the Opera fans out there, traditional sealing wax sticks are a great option for small batch wax seal making and crafting!

A popular self-melting method, this type of wax is perfect if you are on-the-go or looking for a quick way to add a wax seal to your love letters or snail mail!

Often more breakable than modern forms of wax, this type of wax is great if you are hand-delivering notes or invitations to your loved ones, however we do not recommend using this type of wax for sending through the mail!

Why We Love Traditional Sealing Wax Sticks:

  • We love feeling connected to historical wax seal making
  • This type of wax is self-melting (only require a lighter to melt)
  • Perfect for creating that “classic” dripped wax seal effect
STEP 1: Light the wick of your traditional sealing wax stick and hold downwards at a slight angle.
STEP 2: As the wax begins to melt, small drops will pool, forming a circle of melted wax.
STEP 3: Once you have enough melted wax (about the size of a quarter), gently press your chilled wax stamp into the hot wax.
STEP 4: After waiting for 10 seconds, gently remove your stamp to reveal the seal underneath.

Pre-made Wax Seal Method

Ok – for those of you who’ve had your fair share of Pinterest-projects gone awry…. (don’t worry – it’s happened to the best of us a time or two), you can skip the stamp and just buy the wax seals.

I repeat, skip the stamps and just buy the seals!

These wax seals are handmade by our team and come finished with sticker backings.

Why We Love Them:

  • Super quick & easy to use
  • They arrive pre-made with an adhesive backing on the back of each
  • Adhesive options for different applications
  • Mailing friendly and a HUGE time saver
  • The only way to get a wax seal on a curved surface (think jars or wine bottles!)

STEP 1: Peel off the adhesive backing.

STEP 2: Place seal into position on your envelope.

STEP 3: Press down firmly to adhere your seal.

The Wrap Up

We hope you’ve enjoyed our step-by-step guide to making wax seals #theartisaireway and hope this has been helpful and informative!

Whether you are planning to add wax seals to your envelopes, wedding invitations, rsvp cards, save the dates, seating charts, or any other application – as long as you have the right tools and the time to practice your technique, you can create something truly beautiful!