I have always loved the look of traditional wax seals on envelopes and packages, but considering its 2014, and most mail these days comes electronically, supplies for sealing your snail mail the old fashioned way are hard to come by. I had heard you could get a similar effect by putting an old crayon into a hot glue gun, but I didn’t really want to ruin a perfectly good glue gun, so I decided to experiment a bit for myself. It turns out you can get a very official looking seal using just a crayon, a lighter, and some old buttons!
To make your seal, gather some crayons, a long handled lighter, some oil and some metal buttons with interesting designs. If you don’t have any buttons like these, take a look around your house, in your junk drawers. There are lots of different things that you can press into your wax to achieve this effect.
*Before you begin, rub a bit of oil on the face of your button, to prevent the wax from sticking to it. Any kind of cooking oil or non-stick spray will do the trick.
Remove the paper from your crayon. Then, holding the tip of the crayon over the area that you want your seal, melt the end with the lighter, turning gently and letting the wax drip onto the paper and pool. The long style of lighter (the kind you use with your grill) is best for this task, since a small lighter would be difficult to hold for this long without burning your fingers.
Allow your pool of hot wax to solidify just a bit. The timing is a little tricky, because you don’t want it to be completely liquid, but not all the way solidified either. When you see that the edges have begun to harden, firmly press your button into the wax, then hold the paper and gently lift away. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it, so I recommend practicing on a piece of scrap paper first.
I am a believer in preserving the art of handwritten correspondence. There’s nothing better or more personal than receiving a bit of snail mail from a friend. I love the way this little project turned out, and I can’t wait to send someone a letter topped off with an old fashioned wax seal. Wouldn’t that be so fun to find in your mailbox!? Give it a try on your next thank-you note!