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Wax Seals

A wax seal is a great way to adorn a hand-delivered envelope (mailing it is not recommended).


Get the look of a classic wax seal without playing with fire. Special wax sticks are made to melt in a glue gun -- no open flame necessary -- making it easy and safe to turn out lots of the charming little disks in your favorite colors. The stamps come in letters and many other motifs. Make a bunch of the seals and you'll be ready to personalize all kinds of envelopes, presents, and parcels for the holidays.


  • Nonstick baking mat, such as Silpat
  • Glue-gun sealing-wax sticks, in assorted colors
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Metal seal
  • Craft glue


  1. Step 1

    Place a nonstick baking mat on a flat surface.

  2. Step 2

    Place a wax stick in a glue gun, and melt several drops of wax about 1/2 inch in diameter each onto baking mat.

  3. Step 3

    Using a metal seal, make an imprint in the wax. Repeat.

  4. Step 4

    Let wax seals cool and harden, then peel off.

  5. Step 5

    To attach to envelopes, place cards, or packages, apply a dot of glue to back of seal; affix.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2011