Creating our wedding wax seal

bespoke wax seal

I’ve always loved wax seals and I realised if you can’t create one for your wedding day – when the hell can you?

I have 4 notebooks on the go at any one time. An entire cupboard dedicated to all the ribbons, papers & craft materials I own. Stationery is one of my greatest loves. Being able to design something bespoke for our wedding has been my favourite part of wedding planning so far. My wedding stationery pin board is one of my favourites among all of my wedding related pins. Wedding invites for me set the entire tone of a wedding and have been something I’ve put a lot of thought into.

Once all the final designs are with my guests I might do a whole post on how I created my stationery. But for now I can share the most satisfying of all crafts. Creating and sealing pretty much everything with our very own wax seal.

Seal

You can pick up a generic wax seal on eBay for just a few pounds. However after finalising my wedding font I really wanted something in keeping with the rest of my stationery.  So wanted to create something bespoke using my wedding font. I went for a simple G&S design using our main header font designed to be put on a 30mm stamp. Knocking it up in photoshop and simply saving as a PNG file I was ready to go.

I found this seller on etsy who would create one and deliver for just over £7. I honestly couldn’t fault the service of this seller it came in good time since it came from China and was really well crafted.

Wax 

I found eBay to be the most reasonably priced for wax. These little wax nuggets are both neatly packaged and the easiest to use. You can work out how many nuggets are ideal for your size of seal and have the exact same amount each time. These sticks are a little tricker to get used too – it’s more of a two person job but they are so much cheaper. You can’t use candle wax (I did try) it just makes a huge mess and gets stuck in the lettering.

Spoon 

Finally all you need is a little spoon like this one. For only a pound this made everything so much neater and easier to do. I found the amount of wax I needed was exactly one level spoonful so made using the sticks easier too. Also the little pourer on the side meant I could neatly place the wax where I needed it.

How to: 

  1. Light a tealight
  2. Light your wax stick and let drip into the spoon or place the nuggets into the spoon and hold over the tealight. I used one nugget and some stick as I found this melted everything really quickly and I wanted two tones to the wax.
  3. Pour onto the area you want to seal – be as neat as possible but I did find a little few drips made a nice touch too.
  4. Press the seal into the wax and leave for about 20 seconds (you can get melting the next one whilst it sets)
  5. Peel off the stamp and reveal your beautiful design

I couldn’t be happier with the end result. In the end I went for one bronze nugget and a little bit of gold for the save the dates. I did try some white wax too which will definitely be making an appearance on my final invites. It’s the most satisfying of crafts. I can’t wait to wax seal more items as we finish off our stationery.

wax seal prep finished wax seal wax seal assortment

 

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