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DIY Wax Seal Stamp

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Want to add an extra dose of pizazz to your wedding invitation envelopes? Learn how to make your own DIY Wax Seal Stamp with this simple tutorial.

Laura P

One great way to add more personal details to your wedding is to get crafty and do some DIY projects. And Paper Projects are super easy, affordable, and fun! If you’d like to add an extra special something to your wedding invitation envelopes, creating your own DIY Wax Seal Stamp is a great option.

This awesome project costs next to nothing if you already have the equipment. And if you don’t, the tools come in handy for a lot of other things and will eventually pay for themselves. We created a stamp that we can use to make wax seals on envelopes and other paper, with a custom bee design. We used it for a few hand-delivered invitations, and the possibilities for other uses are endless! Placing Wax Seals on thank-you notes, place cards, and shower favor tags are just a few creative ideas we’ve thought about.

How to Make Your Own Custom Wax Seal Stamp

Of course, you can always look into purchasing a custom wax stamp, but they can run up to $70! If you want to make your own DIY Wax Sealing Stamp, here’s what you’ll need:

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Supplies You’ll Need:

  • A Dremel rotary tool
    This can be the expensive part if you don’t already own one– they range from $25 to over $100.
  • A medium-sized metal bolt
    Costs about 50 cents at any hardware store
  • Various Dremel bits, for carving the design.
    We used this kit, and utilized about three different bits from it.
  • Clay or other mold-able material
  • Wax for sealing
    We just used leftover candle wax.
The three bits that Tim used
The three bits that we used

DIY Wax Seal Stamp Tutorial: Steps

1

Sketch your design on paper.

Your design should be relatively simple so that it will show up well in the wax. A monogram or geometric design would work well, or a simple object such as a leaf or flower.

2

Copy Your Design to the top of Your Bolt

Transfer the design you sketched onto the top of the bolt using a marker or pencil. Feel free to skip this step if you are comfortable drawing it freehand with the Dremel.

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Use the Dremel Bit to Carve Your Design

Starting with the largest areas, use an appropriate size Dremel bit to start carving out the metal. You can hold the bolt in your hand while you use the Dremel with the other hand, or you can use a small vise grip or another clamp to secure the bolt in place. Work your way down to finer details by using increasingly fine bits. If you are doing a monogram, you may only need one size bit. We used a large one for the body of the bee, a medium one for the wings, and a very fine bit for the antenna and stripes on the bee’s body.

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4

Utilize Clay to Check Your Design

As you work on carving your design into the bolt, frequently check your progress by pressing the bolt into the lump of clay. You’ll be able to see how well your detail is defined and which areas you need to carve out more.

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Practice Stamping with Wax

Once you are happy with how your design looks in clay, it’s time to practice with wax. Beeswax would work best, but we used the leftover candle wax we had on hand. Gently melt the wax over your envelope or paper using a lighter. Once the wax has set slightly, gently press the seal into it, and remove. It takes a little practice to learn how long to let the wax cool before applying the seal, so practice away before applying your stamp to invitations or thank-yous!

Our finished stamp
Our finished stamp

Overall, this project took a few hours to complete. However, you can work on it for a few minutes and come back to it later, so it doesn’t require a single large block of time. It also does not take up much space. You’ll really just need a small work surface.

The results? You’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind item that you can keep using long after your wedding!

Finished product! I like the drips, but if you're more careful than me you can avoid them.

Finished product! I like the drips, but if you’re more careful than me you can avoid them!

Will you attempt this project? Be sure to share your DIY Wax Seals with us on Instagram or in the Community!

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Want to add a special detail to your wedding invitation envelopes? Learn how to make your own DIY Wax Seal Stamp with this simple tutorial. 
Want to add a special detail to your wedding invitation envelopes? Learn how to make your own DIY Wax Seal Stamp with this simple tutorial. 
Want to add a special detail to your wedding invitation envelopes? Learn how to make your own DIY Wax Seal Stamp with this simple tutorial. 

Laura P

is a bride blogger who got married in 2014, in gorgeous Riverview Park in Pittsburgh. You can read her wedding planning posts here.