How to make The Perfect wax seal:
Your Guide To wax stamps
and sealing wax

Do you want your guests 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!

The number one lesson we have learned about wax seals is:

Making the perfect wax seal is both an art and a science; and we’re here to show you how to create them perfectly!

What Is A Wax Seal?

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?

This is where a science comes in.

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 (our favorite), 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 the back of your envelopes!

Eucalyptus Design By Paula Lee Calligraphy

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!

  • Wax Stamp(s)
  • Sealing Wax
  • Wax Melting Method (Glue Gun, Melting Pot, Sealing Wax Spoon, etc.)
  • Bowl of Ice (ice pack works best)
  • Microfiber Cloth or Soft Towel

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 (if you ask us….) and is our #1 Recommended Sealing Wax!

Designed to fit in a standard glue gun Gun - Glue Gun Sealing Wax provides you with more accurate, more consistent wax seals, in a fraction of the time of more traditional methods!

Why We Love This Method:

  • Quick and easy-to-use
  • Wax melts quickly and consistently
  • Fits perfectly into a 0.44” Sealing Wax Gun
  • Creates the perfect pour with no risk of burning or spilling

STEP 1: Add your favorite color of Glue Gun Sealing Wax to a Sealing Wax Gun and allow to heat up.

STEP 2: Once your wax is thoroughly heated, pull the trigger (1-2 times) to pour a small circle of hot wax onto your surface.

STEP 3: Press your chilled wax stamp in the center of the hot wax. Leave for 10-15 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.

Sealing Wax Beads Method

Glue Gun Sealing Wax is one of the most brilliant inventions to the world of wax seals (if you ask us….) and is our #1 Recommended Sealing Wax!

Designed to fit in a standard glue gun Gun - Glue Gun Sealing Wax provides you with more accurate, more consistent wax seals, in a fraction of the time of more traditional methods!

Why We Love This Method:

  • Quick and easy-to-use
  • Wax melts quickly and consistently
  • Fits perfectly into a 0.44” Sealing Wax Gun
  • Creates the perfect pour with no risk of burning or spilling

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

STEP 2: Pour a 1" circle of wax onto your envelope in a circular motion.

STEP 1: Press your chilled wax stamp in the center of the hot wax. Leave for 10-15 seconds.

STEP 2: 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 (hello!), 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 (see Glue Gun Sealing Wax or Sealing Wax Beads above), 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 10-15 seconds, gently remove your stamp to reveal the seal underneath.

Pre-made Wax 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
  • Handmade by a team with over 25 years of experience for a perfect look
  • Adhesive options for different applications
  • Mailing friendly and a HUGE time saver

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! 

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