Sharing another favorite since love is on my mind!
Today I am sharing how you can easily make your own custom Valentine’s Day wax seal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the steps below on how I did this project:
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.
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.
Thanks so much for reading.