DIY Wax Seal

DIY Wax Seal Button


Wax seals on letters automatically up the fancy factor. They used to only be seen on letters ages ago, but trends always make a comeback. With a few craft store staples, you can mail your own fancy letters! To make your own DIY wax seals you’ll need: miniature wooden spools, assorted buttons with intricate designs, wax paper, hot glue gun, wax seal sticks (candle wax is fine, too!)


Using the hot glue gun, place a dollop of hot glue on one end of a wooden spool. Push the button firmly down into the hot glue.


If you are using shank buttons, use pliers to break off the small notch on the back of the button to keep it more flat and level.


Let the hot glue dry and test the strength by pulling at the button. Make sure it’s nice and tight so that it does not come loose when dipping in the wax.



Lay out the sheet of wax paper. Make sure the surface is as flat as possible so the wax does not run.


Light the wick on your wax stick and let it melt down. Drop enough wax that is equivalent to the size of your seals. Make sure it is a thick puddle.


Working with one wax puddle at a time, press your seal into the wax for 10-15 seconds. Pull the seal up. The wax seal may come off the wax paper with it.


Play around with different colors of wax with different patterns. Make a bunch of seals at once and store them in an air dry container.


When ready to use one of the seals for a letter, simply place a small glue dot on the back and press onto your envelope. Classy mail. In the palm of your hand. Have fun!


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Lexy Ward

Lexy Ward is the editor and founder of The Proper Pinwheel, a party blog that celebrates DIYs and Diet Coke. She loves to bake goodies and has a passion for party-throwing. She is currently living in Denver with her husband and their pet yorkie, Tagg.
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Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at


  • Reply March 6, 2013


    What a great idea!!

  • Reply March 6, 2013



  • Reply March 7, 2013


    This is so clever Lexy. I love it.

  • Seriously genius!

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  • Reply March 8, 2013

    nicola lynde

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to try

  • Reply March 9, 2013

    Kate Stelmach

    so fun, I love making wax seals but have never had any luck with the candle style sticks. There are now glue gun wax sticks, I got some from kingswax in Canada

  • Reply March 24, 2013


    I’ve been iso how to make my own wax sealer. Thanks so much for showing us.

  • Reply May 11, 2013


    Actually, some craft stores now sell sealing wax discs that can be placed on a project and melted with an embossing heat gun. No need for open flame.

    • Reply May 13, 2013

      Alicia DiRago

      That’s cool, I’ll have to look for those. What a good idea!

  • Reply June 17, 2013


    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! Buttons! Why didn’t I think of that? Awesome idea — will use this at Vacation Bible School — THANK YOU!!

    • Reply June 17, 2013

      Alicia DiRago

      You’re welcome! Share pics with us in our projects section or on Facebook when you do it – we’d love to see!

  • Reply September 17, 2013


    Great tutorial, very informative I can’t wait to try this out.

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