In this article I will show you how to make a DIY wax seal for your wedding stationery.
I love finding unique DIY projects that are easy, not too messy, and will have your guests thinking you must have spent a fortune on wedding details! I recently came across a new product called Sugru. When I saw what it can do I couldn’t wait to share with you!
Note: Article originally published in 2015.
Sugru is a moldable glue that will stick to just about anything. Let it set overnight and it will turn into a flexible yet strong rubber. Sugru has thousands of uses both outdoors and inside, limited only by your imagination. You can create some incredible wedding projects of your own such as a DIY wax seal.
Wax seals have their origin in the Middle Ages and were used only by significant individuals (such as monarchs and bishops) as a way to authenticate documents. By the 13th century, wax seals became more popular and were used by aristocrats, monasteries, guilds and eventually common people.
Every seal was unique to its owner. Due to illiteracy during the 13th century the wax seals would have been used in place of a signature. Wax seals were stamped directly onto a document, more commonly they would have been stamped separately and then glued to the bottom of a document with either a cord, ribbon, or strip of parchment.
Your wedding save-the-date and invitation will set the tone for your big day. What better way to add an elegant finishing touch than creating your own unique personal wax seal to seal your envelopes.
DIY Wax Seal Instructions
- Tracing paper
- A soft pencil
- Pack of Sugru
Find the perfect design for the stamp. Using tracing paper, trace the design using a soft pencil.
Roll out a small ball of Sugru (about pea-sized) and place it onto your chosen stamp-holder. Flatten using your fingers.
While the Sugru is still soft, immediately press down your stamp again the tracing paper for the design to transfer.
One your design is transferred, use a small point like a sewing needle and trace your design.
Turn your stamp over against a flat surface to ensure a flat stamp. Flatten your Sugru against the table for a perfectly flat finish to your stamp.
Tip: Use a small amount of soapy water to stop Sugru from sticking to the flat surface.
After 24 hours, your unique and homemade stamp will be ready for use with wedding stationery or whatever you decide to stamp!