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How to Make the Perfect Wax Seal

Have you seen yesterday’s post featuring Gramr’s beautiful cards? If not, hop to it! Then you should mosey on over to their website and pick up their teal or white—you know you really want both—envelope sealing wax.

This super simple wax sealing process—you could say it’s easy as one, two, three—is going to up your stationery game so much and give you a lot of Paper Source-esq street cred.

While I made my wax seals outside for the sake of this photoshoot, I would advise doing them inside or away from the wind. It was a hilarious sight to watch me and my photographer, Lisa, get about half the amount of wax we’d need before we realized the wax we already dripped on the envelope was dry.

Once you’ve secured a lighter and a wind-free environment, light the wick of the wax.

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Once the wax is lighted, it does not take a long time for it to start dripping, so have the sealed envelope you want to wax nearby. Drip the wax until there is about a quarter size amount on the envelope.

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Then, dip the wax press—I used Gramr’s awesome ‘thx’ one—in olive oil and wipe off excess. This prevents the wax press and wax from sticking to each other.

Finally, press the wax press into the quarter size amount of wax you have accumulated and hold for 10-15 seconds.

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Lift the wax press straight up, and let the wax dry for about 30 seconds. Tada!—you’ve made the perfect wax seal, perfect for any letter or thank-you card. Talk about large impact for little effort!

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Thank you to Gramr Gratitude Co. for sponsoring this post. To get a head start and join me on this 2015 New Year’s Resolution to write one thank-you card a week, be sure to use the code cb50 for 50% off your first month of a subscription. 

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Photos by Lisa Chiu

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24 Comments

  1. Melanie wrote:

    Wow I really love this company! I want it all!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Melanie! They are such an awesome company + the owners are SO nice!

      Published 12.23.14
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  2. I used a wax seal on my birthday invitations last year (it was a really big party so it took a really long time!) but it was definitely worth it! People were surprised and impressed by the seal and it really conveys an extra little sense of elegance in the presentation itself.

    Mikkaela

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      That is such a good idea! I completely agree. I want to make it my “thing” now to do wax seals.

      Published 12.23.14
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  3. These wax seals are the cutest! Of course, I love the teal ;).

    xo

    Michaela

    http://michaelajeanblog.com

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Michaela! Me too ;]

      Published 12.28.14
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  4. Erica wrote:

    Absolutely love this! Adds that special touch 🙂

    Erica
    http://www.eggcanvas.me

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Erica! I think so too :]

      Published 12.28.14
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  5. Nadja wrote:

    That looks awesome, I have to try it out sometime 🙂

    yellowpumpkiin.blogspot.de/2014/12/sweater-weather.html

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      You’ll have to let me know how yours turn out!

      Published 12.28.14
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  6. Kate wrote:

    I love this, and that teal is beautiful!

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Kate!

      Published 12.28.14
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  7. Christie wrote:

    What a cool thing to do!

    christie | christieashley.ca

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Christie!

      Published 12.28.14
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  8. libys11 wrote:

    omg!! this is too neat and creative!!! 😀

    happy holidays!
    Animated Confessions

    Published 12.23.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Happy Holidays! I hope you found some time for wax seals :]

      Published 12.28.14
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  9. This is so cool! It looks incredibly professional – I absolutely love it!

    – Deniz
    http://www.dressedupdeniz.com

    Published 12.25.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Deniz! I hope you get to try your hand at one sometime!

      Published 12.28.14
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  10. Erica wrote:

    What a great post!

    The Fashion Forecast

    Published 12.29.14
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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Erica!

      Published 12.30.14
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  11. Sara wrote:

    Dude, this is seriously all kinds of awesome!!!!! Now I just want to write a bunch of letters just so I can put a seal on them! XD

    Published 1.29.15
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  12. Jessica wrote:

    This looks SO easy and adds such a great personal touch. Great post!

    xo Jessica
    http://www.mystylevita.com

    Published 2.26.15
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  13. Kari wrote:

    I had a gorgeous wax seal from Switzerland from back in Jr. High. This is so inspiring me to bring it back out!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    Published 2.27.15
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