Three simple methods to make faux wax seals

A blue envelope featuring a silver wax seal

Recently on the blog, we shared how to create traditional wax seals; however, it is also possible to create faux wax seals, and so that’s what we are going to share with you today.

You might be wondering why anyone would want to make a faux wax seal. Well, if you’d like to create a seal but don’t have any sealing wax to hand, then you’ll need an alternative.

In this blog post, we’ll outline three ways you can create a beautiful faux wax seal that you and your recipient will adore.

How to make a wax seal with a crayon

To make a wax seal with a crayon, you first need to select one or more wax crayons for your project.

Next, chop small pieces off the crayons you wish to use for your seal and place them on a metal spoon.

The next step is to melt the wax on the spoon which you can do over a candle or lit gas stove. Alternatively, you can hold a crayon directly over a flame above your envelope and let it drip.

If using a spoon, let the wax cool a little and slowly pour it onto your envelope. Then, use the handle of the spoon to stir the wax and create your desired size, shape and thickness.

If the wax is still very runny, leave it a few more seconds and then press your stamp into the wax with some pressure. Leave the stamp in place for 10 seconds and then remove it.

Crayon wax seals will be as vibrant as traditional sealing wax seals so you’ll no doubt be delighted with the result.

How to make a wax seal with a glue gun

Another method to create a ‘wax’ seal is with glue. While transparent glue is the most popular variety, glue gun glue is available in a wide range of colours, too.

Choose your glue and then heat a stick of it in your glue gun for a couple of minutes.

When it’s ready, use it to create a small circle of glue on a craft mat — then fill the circle in with glue, too. Be mindful of the size of your stamp when creating the circle.

Your circle will look messy on the mat but don’t worry; the result will be unique, and that’s what wax seals are all about.

Press your stamp down into the centre of your glue circle and hold it in place for around five seconds. Then, remove the seal.

If the glue sticks to the seal, wait until it has fully hardened and peel it off — it won’t break.

You could now add some colour to your seal with acrylic paints, food colouring, or permanent markers if you used transparent glue.

Finally, you can glue your seal onto your envelope or another project.

A white table with wax seals, a wax stamp and an envelope on it

How to make a wax seal with clay

A seal can be created from clay too if you don’t have wax available — or you might prefer to make one from clay.

To make a clay wax seal, you need to roll a conditioned polymer clay ball and then flatten it with an acrylic block, a piece of glass, or similar.

Once your clay is around 5mm thick, lightly spray water on your stamp and firmly press it into the centre of the clay circle.

Gently remove the stamp, then place the seal in the oven for 45-60 minutes at 135°C.

Let your seal cool, then glue it to your envelope or project and it’s complete.


Have you tried one of the above wax seal methods? Let us know how it went in the comments!

Lucy is our lead editor and has been passionate about stationery since childhood. She has a particular fondness for rollerball and calligraphy pens and is a keen advocate of snail mail.

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