A DIY Tutorial From Soirees & Showers Stationary: Wax Seals for Your Invitations
The best thing about getting married is sharing the big day with your family and friends— But half the fun is the preparation and personalization, right? Below you will find a step-by-step guide to make personalized wax seals.
For this project you will need a few things before you can get started. Plan on the project taking a few hours.
Item 1: Wax Heat Gun
This is the same thing as a hot glue gun. It needs to be new and have never had hot glue run through it. It also needs to be the kind that fits the thicker glue sticks through. Approximately ½ inch sticks in diameter.
Item 2: Sealing Wax Sticks
Simply order the color of wax you need. Amazon.com is a good source to order it from.
Item3: Wax Seal Stamp
This is a metal or wood stamp that you will imprint into the wax. You can get a custom design made or an ornamental initial. Amazon.com is also a good source to order your Wax Seal Stamp. You can also get custom ones made on Amazon.com as well.
Item4: Wax Paper
Item5: Large Zots
These are small glue dot adhesives. They are very sticky and adhere to the back of the wax seal and stick to the envelope. You can find them at Michael’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby.
Step by step:
• Get your wax heat gun and plug it in. Let is get hot for about two minutes.
• Stick a sealing wax stick into the wax heat gun.
• Squeeze the heat gun handle and drip out the wax the size of a dime onto a piece of wax paper.
• Press the stamp into the center of the hot wax.
• Hold it in place without picking up the stamp for 20 seconds each.
• Continue making as many wax seals, as you need.
• Let them dry completely.
• Once they are dry adhere them to the back flap of the envelope with one large adhesive zot.
There are tons of different ways to get creative and make your big day feel unique. Here are some tips when making your custom wax seals.
Tip 1: Press the stamp right into the center of the wax to make it symmetrical and centered.
Tip 2: I suggest not sealing the wax directly onto the invitation. It can cause seepage,(where the wax can sometimes seep through the envelope onto your invitation).
Tip 3: Using a wax heat gun and wax seal sticks is the new modern way to create a wax seal. The old way with a wax stick, spoon, and a wick takes much longer and can create more of a mess.
Tip 4: One wax stick can create 8-12 wax seals. So plan accordingly when ordering your wax.
Tip 5: Holding the stamp into the wax seal for 20 seconds each helps the seal to stay flat and not curl.
Tip 6: muy importante
When mailing a letter with a wax seal, you will need to go to a post office, speak to someone behind the counter, and request the letter be post dated by hand. The service is about what it sounds like. The letter will be “hand postmarked” by a person and sorted manually, not sent through machinery. The USPS machinery can damage or crack the wax seal.
Thank you for your time, and enjoy creating beautiful wax seals for your wedding invitations.
Kristi Osborn / Owner
Soirees & Showers Stationery
Photos by: Ashley Bee Photography