Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the look of wax seals. It looks old fashioned yet sophisticated at the same time! I was never allowed to play with wax seals though because it involves matches and lots of hot-sticky-messy-runny wax. Then I discovered hot glue gun sealing wax! Awesome! It’s a mess-free way to replicate the look of sealing wax that is quick and simple. I didn’t want to squirt the wax seal directly onto the invitations in case I messed up, so I came up with a whole method on how to make these wax seals separately and then attach on the invitations with glue.
Materials needed: Silpat silicone mat, an ordinary high temperature hot glue gun, glue gun sealing wax and a seal stamp:
I got the glue gun sealing wax from this website, it was the cheapest I could find. I bought 30 sticks and have way too many leftover after making 2oo seals. I got the sealing stamp with our initial from Papersource:
The process of making the seals is pretty easy. Stick the sealing wax in your hot glue gun and let heat up. Then squeeze a quarter – sized dollup of the glue onto the silicon mat. The trick is waiting just enough time before pressing in the stamp but not too long that the glue hardens. I found that if I count to 8 so that the glue gets a little tacky, then press in the stamp, it was just the right amount of time. If you don’t wait those 8 seconds, the glue is too liquid and the seal will just sink right to the bottom. Let the glue cool for about 30 seconds before removing the stamp:
The metal stamp will sometimes turn hot because of the temperature so be careful when removing it with your fingers. I kept a bowl of ice water near by to dunk the stamp in between to help cool it down.
Let all the seals completely cool on the mat before removing them:
The silicon mat will make it easy to peel off the wax seals after they cool down, then you will have a pile of wax seals that you can use right away or save for later!
To attach the wax seals to my wedding invitations, I used these Zots glue dots:
These glue dots were perfect because they were gummy and are really strong so they stuck to the baker’s twine and to the paper. I didn’t want the seals to fall off in the mail so I got the “ultra” strength! Peel off and stick to the back of a seal:
Attach to invitation! Voila!!