How to Make Wax Seals. Two Ways

Stacy Davis
by Stacy Davis
9 Materials
15 Minutes

If you are looking to add a little something extra special to your Christmas presents and/or Christmas cards this year, try making wax seals. I am going to show you two different ways to achieve a wax seal. But, no matter which method you choose, you should know that if you are mailing it, that your postage will probably be higher and the post office recommends putting the envelope with the wax seal inside another envelope for mailing. I think this would be a fun gift wrapping party activity. I think a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine and soooo much fun could be had when you add friends. **And just a note, you can absolutely put the wax seal directly on the envelope. This is just another method and a potential side hustle for someone who wanted to sell these. And if you are upset about this wax seal tutorial, you are going to lose your mind over my next one. I can hear the “you know who you are” already!! 😂😂😂**

I bought this kit for the first method. It came with tea light candle, round wax melt warmer, spoon and an assortment of colored wax melts.

I bought a Merry Christmas stamp separately.

The handle unscrews from stamp. I wish that I had bought several stamps and handles.

It takes some trial and error to get the perfect amount of melts to make a circle. I started with 4 here but I think 5 worked better.

It’s fun to see them start to melt.

I like to use a toothpick to stir it and check the consistency.

I printed off a free 1 inch circle template and placed a sheet of parchment on top.

Next place your stamp on top. You have a little time so don’t worry about it hardening too fast. In fact, I thought it worked best to give it a moment before placing the stamp on top.

While the stamp and wax are doing their thing, CAREFULLY wipe the spoon clean with a paper towel. It will be hot! The first time I made a wax seal, I let it harden thinking it would just pop out. Nope. If you aren’t changing colors, you can leave it.

Now it is ready if you want to change colors.

This is where I wished I had used 5 wax melts.

If you want to have the lettering pop, you can use a marker or ink pad to bring out the lettering.

All done! Now you can use 3M double sided adhesive sheets to adhere it to you package or envelope.

Now for the second way to make wax seals. You will need your glue gun and wax melt sticks.

I also used my circle template, parchment paper, stamp and ink if you like.

It took a bit for the hot glue to run out and the wax to begin. You might want to dedicate a glue gun for wax if you decide to do this method.

The glue and wax was kind of cool in itself. What could I use this for? Maybe a hot glue wax seal?

Super easy, heat up the glue gun wax and go. This method really makes it easy to make a large quantity of seals quickly. It would best to have several stamps to do this.

Once you have the desired amount of wax, place your stamp. Let it cool.

And remove!

Add to your envelope with a 3M double sided adhesive circle.

I love it! In summary I would say if you are all about the experience of making the seal then you would like the spoon / warmer method best. If you like the end result and want to make a large amount of seals quickly then the glue gun/wax stick is the route to go.

Just curious, which method do you prefer?

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  • Kim Kim on Dec 14, 2021

    Love the idea of hot glue wax stick to make a large quanity. Super good for ppl whom have a small buisness and looking for ways to impove their packing with saving $$$. Loooove it!!! Thanks for sharing this method!!😊

  • Sheryl Sheryl on Dec 19, 2021

    I'm confused. Not to be a negative nelly, but I thought the purpose of a wax seal was to drop the wax directly onto the envelope to seal it, then use the decorative stamp. Other than having a reason to get together with the girls and have cocoa or wine... and I do think this would be a fun thing to do...the extra step of attaching the seal with an adhesive seems redundant. I have a friend that stamps all her personal letters and cards with a wax seal and it's always a special treat to get one in the mail from her.