Valentine’s Day Wax Seal

Valentine s Day Wax Seal

Today I am sharing how you can easily make your own custom Valentine’s Day wax seal.

Love Wax Seal copy

As my girls have gotten older, I tend to less decorating for Valentine’s Day, but we do usually try to pull together a few Valentine’s Day crafts.

Last year we even had an epic fail.

Wax Seal for Valentine s Day copy

So even though we are not decorating specifically for Valentine’s Day, we do have a few traditions that will never go away.

One of them is taking the time to let people you love know how you feel.

Valentine s Day Wax Seal Tutorial

So why not seal those envelopes with a beautiful custom wax seal?

Some time ago at an auction, I purchased a box lot that included these fabulous wax seals and melting wax.

Candle Wax Seal copy

Since they weren’t very relevant to us or to Valentine’s day, I decided to use simple rubber stamps to make my own custom wax seal.

I did have some specialty wax, like the green one below.  I also had some beautiful silver and gold wax – which instead of melting caught on fire.  Good times.

The pink wax pictured above is actually a sealing wax.

I also realized that most people don’t have specialty wax and custom seals laying around the house.  So I did this project using easily accessible household candlesticks and rubber stamps.

Valentine s Day Wax Seal Materials copy

Here are the steps below on how I did this project:

Valentine s Day Custom Wax Seal Tutorial copy

Step 1: Select your candle and envelopes. I tested several types of candles and envelope colors.  In the end, what I liked best was inexpensive white candles on darker envelopes.  If you use a colored candle, make sure the color goes all the way through.  Often the color is only on the outside and white on the inside.

Step 2: Light your candle and hold at an angle like pictured.  You want to make sure the wax runs behind the flame so that it doesn’t blacken.  Practice first on a piece of paper and obviously use caution.  Drip the wax in your desired shape creating the outside lines first and then filling in.

Step 3:  Let the wax set for a few seconds – till it just starts to loose its clearness.  Again, testing this first will be helpful as the wax on all candles is different.

Step 4: Place your stamp into the wax and let it set up for a few seconds before removing it.  Again, testing on paper will be helpful because the style of each stamp responds differently.  If a stamp has very small details it will not work as well.

Custom Wax Seal Tutorial copy

I think this is the perfect way to make a hand delivered Valentine even more special.

Update – Please note that I am suggesting this to be HAND delivered.  This project was never intended to be used to send in the US mail.  It is just a fun and cute craft but thank you for sharing all of your concerns.

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  1. Laura!

    These are amazing! I love the idea of using rubber stamps! Brilliant!

    Thanks for inspiring me today my wonderful friend!

    blessings,
    karianne

  2. Oh, Laura, I love these so much! I hand stamped all of my wedding invitations with a “B” wax seal. I have always been infatuated with these beauties! Love your take on them. Great job! Pinning!

  3. What a fantastic idea Laura! I want to see the “flaming” candles! ;)

  4. Love this idea! Pinning :)

  5. Cute idea. I don’t think I’ve sealed an envelope with wax since I was a teenager. Maybe it’s time I start again. Thanks for the inspiration.

    – The Tablescaper

  6. Thanks for the idea. I love wax seals but never thought to use a rubber stamp. Brilliant :)

  7. How fun. It adds such an old school sort of elegance!

  8. what a cute idea! i am so behind in projects to share…i don’t know how ya’ll do it!:)
    did you do something new to your blog? seems different…i am so waiting for spring. this cold
    weather is ugh! i can tell i am getting old..:) valentine’s is just around the corner too! you reminded me,
    projects….:)
    xo

  9. I love them….rubber stamps….fantastic idea!!

  10. Samantha says:

    The only wax I have found which will actually survive mailing is Atelier Gargoyle’s wax; it’s a bit pricey, but arrives intact on the envelope if you aren’t hand-delivering your Valentine or letter. (google Atelier Gargoyle sealing wax or J. Herbin Sealing Wax) Love the idea of rubber stamps, although I will have to try them with the higher temp wax I use to see if they will hold up. I find if you place any stamp on an ice cube before using – or between uses if you are stamping lots of letters such as holiday cards – the stamp comes off the wax much more easily. I own an antique stamp from the early 1800’s, with a compartment in the stem holding interchangable seals. It is a treasure from my mom, and my daughter will inherit it some day. 200 years later, it’s still in use. That’s what I call aging well!

  11. Gorgeous idea…so thoughtful , I love it…xo

  12. I love this! It’s sad that we’ve gotten away from letters, cards and such sent by snail mail. This should encourage a lot of folks to try again.

    Pat

  13. Wax seals are so elegant and pretty, great idea using candle wax and rubber stamps.

  14. I am so in love with this I don’t know where to begin except to say I’m running right out and buying pink candles! SWOON!

  15. A truly fabulous idea Laura. Found you through Kari at Thistlewood Farm.

  16. So pretty. I’ve loved using sealing wax in the past. Will have to give your idea a try!

  17. Brilliant. What an amazing idea you have come up with! Cheers.

  18. Gabrielle Schroader says:

    Laura, what a great use for rubber stamps. I was thinking this would also be cute with a Thank You stamp for Thank You cards. Especially if you enjoy rubber stamping to make cards. Gabrielle

  19. I love old wax seals … I’ve never thought to make them with regular stamps! Great idea!

  20. What a great idea! They look so pretty!

  21. Autumn Fesperman says:

    After reading this lovely post, I happened upon a display of sealing waxes and monogram seals in the bridal section of my local Michaels Arts and Crafts store! They even had a few basics like intertwined hears, doves, etc. Couldn’t help but smile thinking about your post. You are always one step ahead of me flowing into the next holiday….your inspiration is always so timely, thank you!

  22. Love this! Great idea to use rubber stamps! I will try it! Pinning!

    Found you via craftgawker

  23. So cool! I have some sealing wax but never thought of using my rubber stamps. Thanks for the good idea!

  24. Michelle fox says:

    What a fabulous idea!!! These look great. Have you processed them through the mail? I have tried the original waxing and it never makes it to the destination intact!! Maybe hand deliver only…??

  25. Very creative! I love that this craft uses things you’d have around the house :)

  26. I adore this idea!

  27. Samantha says:

    I have used sealing wax for the past 50 years on all my personal correspondence, but have discovered – along with friends who also use it – that the new postal machines crack most sealing waxes into little pieecs, leaving only remnants on the envelope. The only kind I have ever found that will stand up to modern US Postal Service equipement is made by Atelier Gargoyle, a company out of San Francisco (no, I don’t own their stock – wish I did, though!). It’s a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it, as it does hold up. I recommend it if you really want your seals to arrive intact on your letters.

  28. Kathy B says:

    Oh Laura,
    This is a terrible idea my friend. I hope the lady with the 200 year old stamp doesn’t try this. Any type of wax damages stamps, rubber and acrylic. Sealing wax is very high temp and that is why it is paired with metal stamps. Not only is there the risk of melting and distorting, you are also making your stamps permanently repel ink. So if you use the stamp with ink you shouldn’t use it for wax. Stamp manufacturers also reccomend to use nothing on your stamps but the recommended inks and cleaners. Stamps are so delicate that even some types of stamp cleaners can ruin them, especially acrylic stamps.Some alcohol inks can damage stamps. Manufacturers are gasping reading your reccomendation. Now another thing. My mailman told me that postal service also prohibits the use of wax on envelopes because it breaks off causing their VERY expensive machines to jam and break. We as taxpayers have to pay for those machines and their maintenance and repair. That’s enough to stop me from using wax.
    The use of wax in the days before mass produced paper and envelopes with adhesive was a necessity to keep your writings private. These things are no longer a consideration. In this day and age most people use email and social media to communicate. Personally I think nothing can replace a personal handwritten note, so I applaud your effort. However, using rubber/acrylic stamps with wax is not the way to go. Epic fail in my book. The letter alone with words written across the envelope flap is special in itself and more personal. I would treasure that. Well, Happy Valentine’s Day anyway. Sorry to rain on the parade.
    Kathy B.

  29. Another way to use the wax stamps is to use colored hot glue sticks. Melt the glue stick in your hot glue gun. Make a small puddle of hot glue on wax paper then press the seal into the glue. This works really well if you are going to make a lot of seals. (The great thing about using the hot glue is that it stays pliable and won’t crack.)
    After the glue has cooled you can attach it to the envelope using a glue dot.
    I’m not sure where you can order colored glue sticks, I used to get them from a local stationary shop that has since closed. If you have problems with the hot glue sticking to the stamp, press stamp on a clear ink pad before stamping the glue.

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