How to make Bottling, Sealing or Stamp Wax

DSC_4864DSC_5821Small jars of my hot sauce recipe sealed and stamped with bottling wax with a sisal rope to aid in removing the wax when opening. 

I ended up making bottling/sealing wax when I was making invitations to an event I was planning.  I wanted to seal the envelopes with wax and a stamp for that unique effect to go along with the theme of the event.  I went to every store available to find this product.  This was well before online shopping was widely available for purchasing anything you could think of.  I wasn’t giving up on my idea and since Michaels stores weren’t prevalent in Canada yet, I needed to use my brain to figure this out.  I went to the library and found a book that said that letter wax was originally made with beeswax, and then eventually mineral pigments were added for color.   I had a few different colours of beeswax candles that I melted and this worked wonderfully with my sealing stamp that I had found among Nanny MacDougall’s crafty possessions.

Eventually I came up with idea to seal my jars of homemade condiments and wine and place my seal in the wax.  It didn’t work how I wanted, and was too crumbly and a pain to remove.  After many mixes and messes, trying everything from colored beeswax candles, cheese wax, and paraffin wax, I remembered trying to clean up the large round balls of melted glue stick that dripped on Mr. Handy’s  grandmothers craft table.  I used a small pot to melt the glue sticks.  After testing a few batches with every combination of glue and wax I had, I came up with this recipe.  A glue stick style wax which is a flexible sealing wax for mailing through today’s postal systems is now able to be purchased at specialty craft stores.  However imo this wax isn’t great for dipping and sealing bottles and it’s expensive to use for this type of project.  The only place I could find online for this type of product is Mexico.
DSC_4972The combination of the wax and the glue sticks allows the wax to seal and stick to the item, yet release without crumbling completely apart.  I have used this for such projects as sealing envelopes, gift bag decoration, seal for pirate’s treasure maps, sealing ribbon to gifts, parchment paper letters, wedding invitations, decorative bottle sealing wax on bottles of hot sauce, homemade ketchup,  homemade vanilla, and when I bottle homemade wine.  I really love the look it gives my homemade gifts and as do the recipients.

Materials Needed:

  • 15 crayons (45 grams)
  • 30 glue sticks (90 grams)
  • small old pot (filled 1/3 with water),  electric candle burner (temp 140-240°), or glue stick melting pot (won’t need mason jar)
  • small wide mouth heat proof jar (mason jar) (250 ml)
  • disposable wooden stir stick (popsicle stick)
  • utility knife (x-acto with new blade)
  • Oven mitts

Place the pot of water over low heat to bring the water to a simmer.  Do not put your heat up too high as this could lead to splashing water, or too much heat for the jar which could cause it to crack.

DSC_4974A small glue stick and a small crayon weigh about 5 grams each.  I sometimes weigh them out if  making a large batch for wine bottle dipping for instance.DSC_4977 Use the utility knife to cut down the length of the crayon to remove the label. Trust me this is easier than trying to peel them without cutting first. DSC_4979 All the labels are removed.DSC_4980 I use a cutting mat/board and the utility knife to cut the glue sticks and the crayons into 1/2-1″ pieces.
DSC_4982 Place the glue stick pieces into the small mason jar and then place into the pot of simmering water.  You can see here that I am working on two colors of the sealing wax at the same time.  Do not
DSC_4986 I find it easier to melt the glue sticks pieces slowly first, stirring every few minutes to aid in the melting.
DSC_4987Once mostly melted start adding about 1/4 of the crayon pieces and stir to melt into the melted glue stick.
DSC_4995Repeat until all the crayon is added as it will fit into the jar as it melts.DSC_4991Gently stir in every couple of minutes until completely melted.DSC_4993The melting wax is now ready to use.  I like to keep the jar either sitting in the gently simmering pot of water, or remove the jar from the pot with oven mitts and set on the electric candle burner to keep the wax from hardening while using.  Use a small spoon and carefully pour the wax where you would like it and press the metal stamp in and release quickly.

How to Use Wax to Decorative seal Bottles

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Materials Needed:

  • Homemade bottling wax
  • A bottle with cover, or a corked wine bottle (Link to the 4 oz bottle I am using)
  • Optional: Shrink bands to cover the lid
  • heat gun or blow dryer
  • filament tape
  • sisal rope or 1/4″ or smaller ribbon
  • scissors

DSC_4827 DSC_4828 DSC_4829 DSC_4830 DSC_4831 DSC_4832 This is optional, however I prefer to shrink seal my covers on my bottles of homemade hot sauce, or vanillaDSC_4834

I then cut 12″ strips of jute string

DSC_4835 DSC_4843 Wrap and tie the string around the neck of the jarDSC_4844Cut a small piece of tape (filament tape)DSC_48481/4″ wideDSC_4845Pull both strands of the jute rope across the top of the jar coverDSC_4846Tape the rope in place as pictured
DSC_4850 Place another small strip on the other side of the cover to hold the string close to the coverDSC_4855 DSC_4857When the bottling wax is ready and flows in a thick smooth ribbon slowly dip you jar in the waxDSC_4858 DSC_4860 Press the jar in the melted wax to the base of the cover and then slowly remove the jar from the wax.  Be careful this wax is hot.  Also it will cool quickly so have your stamp ready.DSC_4861 DSC_4862 Quickly set the jar on a counter and gently press the stamp into the top of the wax, wait for 10 seconds and then pull the stamp from the wax.  Set aside and let cool.DSC_4864 DSC_4865Finished.  Now to open the jar just pull the strings to break the wax and it should be able to be removed in two pieces.  DSC_5821DSC_5824DSC_5830

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27 thoughts on “How to make Bottling, Sealing or Stamp Wax

  1. Joanna Butler says:

    It all looks so wonderfully easy, and beautiful! I would like to seal 18 wine bottles – I am just not too sure from the above on quantities (I am not that good with recipes!) – how many crayons and glue sticks would one need to coat. for example, 1 wine bottle? Approximately?

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  2. Kyle says:

    Idk if you tried this on a smaller scale but would it work if I kept the 2 to 1 ratio for of glue sticks to crayons I’m wanting to jus seal something I wrapped and don’t want to make that much wax

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  3. Rob Meyer says:

    Thanks a million. I live in Sydney Australia and could not afford to go and buy the sealing wax, I use seals on envelopes to make my marketing letters a bit more interesting. Works brilliantly. Rob – Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

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      • Meridith Johnson says:

        How do you use this method for letters? Is there a good way to store this melted wax in smaller quantities (like sticks) to be reheated later for a one-time correspondence use?

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      • The Handy Homemaker says:

        I just melt the wax use a two spoons one to pick up the wax, and another to catch any excess from the other spoon so it doesn’t drip before I get it poured onto the spot I want it. I have only used this for bulk envelopes, etc. So storing this way works for me. If you come up with a way to make sticks to melt leave a message back here. I would love to know what you come up with. Thanks for visiting.

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      • Borina says:

        Find silicone ice trays/chocolate molds that are long and thin like for ice that goes into water bottles. The molds must be silicone. Pour the sealing wax into those to cool and voila you have sealing wax sticks that you would buy in the store.

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    • The Handy Homemaker says:

      Hi Denis, Sorry for the delay in a response, not sure why I am just seeing this message now. I honestly have no idea how many bottles it would cover. Many variables at play, it depends on what type of bottle you are dipping, how far down the bottle neck you are dipping ect. I make large batches in a few colors and store in the mason jars so they are ready to melt and use again. I never took the time to count how many bottles this will cover. Please let me know if you do. Thank you for visiting. Hope it all worked out fine for you.

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  4. Marcus Hunt says:

    Is any sealing wax not used reusable by just remelting it? I’m wondering if it’s okay to make up a large batch and keep it for use from job to job?

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  5. Al says:

    Hello
    Tried your method on my 2oz glass shave oil bottles, looks great but it was absolutely impossible to cut through it with attached jute twine…
    Thanks

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  6. Jon says:

    Are these really stiff or are they pretty flexible? I considered using these on some mailed invitations and don’t know if they would make it, or if i would have to place it inside a second envelope before mailing. What is your experience?

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