How to make Bottling, Sealing or Stamp Wax

*Always use caution when using candles or heating.  Never leave unattended.  Never leave melts sitting with candle going with out intended immediate use. Depending on your melter or candle size, the wax can be hot.  Please use caution using this tuturial.


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

Many years ago I wanted to find sealing wax for invitations for a murder mystery party 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Michaels stores weren’t prevalent in Canada yet,  I went to the library and found a book that said that letter wax was originally made with beeswax, and then eventually mineral pigments were added for colour.   I had a few different colours of beeswax candles that I melted and this worked pretty good with my sealing stamp that I had found among Nanny MacDougall’s crafty possessions.

Eventually I had an idea to seal my jars of homemade vinegars, condiments, and bottles of wine by dipping them in the wax.  Beeswax didn’t work quite how I wanted it to.  It 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.

Fast forward 20 years later and I am still using the same recipe.  It never fails me.  Why not just buy wax now since it’s now available in specialty stores and online?  IMO this type of wax doesn’t work that great for dipping and sealing bottles and it’s expensive to use for this type of project.  The only place I could find bottle dipping wax online for this type of product is Mexico and costs plus shipping are expensive.  I had all of my ingredients at home, but if you don’t, everything needed can be found at most dollar stores.  Yes, even the candle melter.
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, my soap and lotions, and when I bottle homemade wine.  I really love the look it gives my homemade gifts and as do the recipients.  First, I have shown the bottle dipping how to in detail, followed by a few pictures on how to use as sealing wax for envelopes etc.

Materials Needed:

  • 15 crayons (45 grams)
  • 30 low temp 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
  • wax stamp

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


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
  • wax stamp

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


*Always use caution when using candles or heating.  Never leave unattended.  Never leave melts sitting with candle going with out intended immediate use. Depending on your melter or candle size, the wax can be hot.  Please use caution

How to use as Sealing Wax: 

This recipe will make 5 to 6 wax seals.  Adjust recipe for desired amount.    I like to make extra stamps on sheets of parchment.  Once dried, store in containers.  They can be hot glued in place where ever you choose to use them.  Or you can not bother stamping just let blobs harden and reuse at a future date.


All the materials needed were bought at the dollarstore except for the wax stamp.

  • 2 small low temp glue sticks
  • 1 crayola crayon (you can use other brands but the pigments are not always the best)
  • candle melter
  • tealight or votive candle
  • lighter
  • spoon
  • wooden sticks
  • wax stamp (inexpensive bought online, etsy, amazon etc)
Candle warmer for sealing wax

Candle warmer for sealing wax



Cut Glue sticks into small chunks for melting in a warmer.  Scissors or a sharp knife works easily.

Melting glue sticks on candle warmer

Melting glue sticks on candle warmer

Use the equivalent to one crayon.  You can use any blend of the crayon to make other colors.  ie: I am making fir green colour here.  A half white and half pink crayon makes bubblegum pink.

After 3 or 4 minutes melting glue sticks on candle warmer

After 3 or 4 minutes melting glue sticks on candle warmer

Poor video quality but you get the drift.

Almost ready.  Just wait another minute and it will be more fluid.  Use the spoon to pour a small dime sized amount onto area you want.  I like to use glitter to jazz up special items like these Christmas cards but that is optional.

let the stamp sit for a minute

I usually let the stamp sit for 45 seconds to a minute or so.


This amount makes 5-6 stamps

Easily Clean up the Candle melter and the spoon.  Let cool and peel off the wax.  I add these pieces to the leftover pieces I store for each colour.  They remelt just the same.  A magic eraser takes off any remaining residue.



67 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?


  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


  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


      • 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?


      • The Handy Homemaker says:

        I melt the wax use a spoon to pick up the wax, and pour the wax in the area I need it as per the pictures. I have only used this for bulk envelopes, etc. So storing this way works for me, or I just melt small batches in the melter.
        I have poured leftovers onto parchment and cut into small pieces for easy remelting (store in ziplock or containers). Thanks for visiting.


      • 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.


    • 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.


  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?


      • Tara says:

        Tried it with dollar store some brand or other. They don’t draw as smoothly or evenly as crayola, but work fine for sealing wax. Just used it to seal envelopes.


    • Julie A Hunter says:

      FanTAStic!! Much thanks!!! Im personally offended at how much sealing wax prices creep up and up every time an influencer somewhere brings it back in the spotlight. LOL
      I used to purchase organza bags of 500 assorted pieces for 3 bucks!!

      I’ll never buy another piece of sealing wax again!
      Heck, I might even make it and sell it mySELF at half cost! Less than!
      I’ll need to take my grandson for an ice cream for throwing a fit when I tried tossing all his crayons he NEVER touches anymore. Got the Crayolas!
      And pat mySELF on the back for hanging onto the accidental size foot long and too big around glue sticks I purchsed in a 100 bulk lot and havnt gotten around to melting/pouring them to the smaller size.

      I now have approx. 5,409,899. glue pellets to make.
      [Insert impish grin]

      Thanks for that.

      Love from Montana!


      • Kathy stephens says:

        I was just reading your comments and making sealing wax and how much you have and I can’t stop laughing. That’s adorable.
        It’s great to learn all this because I’m tired of holding my glue stick over a match and letting it drop onto the envelope and then watch them all catch fire.


  5. Al says:

    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…


  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?


  7. dinda says:

    is there any option instead using crayon? because its hard to find one colour crayon that much 😥 maybe colouring powder or something?


    • TinaJay says:

      crayons usually go on sale this time of year, for back-to-school, you can find a box of 24 for .25 to .50 each. buy 15 boxes for $3,75. or, you could buy just 5 boxes and use the red, the red-orange and the dark red together, that’s 15 crayons total if you need to make a batch this large. then you can do the same thing and bundle the greens, the blues, the pinks, the yellow-orange, etc.


      • The Handy Homemaker says:

        Thank you for your tip. The purpose of using crayons with the hot glue is for the user. The glue would not break, tear, or spread properly in the applications I use it in without the wax. When I can’t find, or make a specific colour with my technique above I use mica and white crayons or a crayon closest to my desired colour and add mica to the wax/glue blend to reach my desired colour. Mica is much less messy to use than dye. It also adds a beautiful shimmer to the wax.


  8. Jackie May says:

    I used this recipe, but heated my crayon and glue stick pieces together in a steel ladle over an oil can burner (one that is used in catering to keep food warm. purchased at the Dollar Tree). This worked SOOO much faster than water bath method (which I tried first). You have to stir a little more frequently, but it cuts the melt time by at least 70%. And, with a rubber spatula, you can very easily remove all wax residue from the utensil.


  9. Jackie May says:

    Also, because i was only making the wax for future envelope stamps, I poured the melted mixture onto parchment paper, allowed it to cool, then chopped it up into very small pieces with a large knife to be easily melted over a candle later on.


  10. TinaJay says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial. I am trying to use this method to make sticks of sealing wax for letters. Are you using mini glue sticks? Are they for the high melt temp guns or low temp? I am having a hard time getting the right consistency to get it out of the glass container or pourable at all, I think it’s my glue sticks.


  11. Danielle says:

    Thanks so much, excited to try this for my homemade vanilla! When you say “glue sticks” do you mean hot gun glue sticks? I assume so based on the pictures but just wanted to check. Thanks!


  12. Rocio says:

    Reading this in 2019, thank you so much. I just ordered my first set of waxseals from China but I found out that in my country, the wax that is especially made for waxseals is so expensive. I’m gonna definitely try this!


  13. David Glidden says:

    Just wondering if you know the diameter of the hot sauce lid you have and the size of your stamp? I’m a sauce maker and I’m ordering a custom stamp for my limited runs of sauce but I don’t want to buy the wrong size. This looks so great! thank you for posting.


    • The Handy Homemaker says:

      Good Morning, sorry for the delay, I am away on holiday. I don’t know the diameter off the top of my head but if you click the link to the bottle company, they should have the diameter listed on their site. My stamp came from Michaels so I am not sure. Without having it in front of me, I would guess 3/4″.


  14. alleycat63 says:

    Just wondering if you know the diameter of the hot sauce lid you have and the size of your stamp? I’m a sauce maker and I’m ordering a custom stamp for my limited runs of sauce but I don’t want to buy the wrong size. This looks so great! thank you for posting.


  15. Kristina says:

    If I set candle wicks in this mix like a candle would I be able to use it as a sealing stick? Or pour into a ceramic pour cup and pour it out?


  16. Lisa says:

    Hya Mina!
    I just came across your site while searching Pinterest 📌 for diy sealing wax, and wanted to thank you for the tutorial! I’m a few years shy of 40, and have decided to begin sending snailmail letters 📮📬💌📝 to my 92 y/o Grandmother. She has always loved writing and receiving letters, and I thought it would be a pretty touch that Grama will appreciate to wax seal my letters! I’ve been eyeing different options for purchase online, but it’d make it even more meaningful to make the wax myself… and save my pennies for the gorgeous seals!!!😆 As an added bonus, I can tell Grama that I got the wax recipe from a fellow Maritimer (I grew up and went to school in Bedford NS, before attending university at Acadia and MTA and landing in Amherst NS… but damn, do I miss Hali – please tell it hello for me!!)!!

    Thanks again!


  17. Maria Maria says:

    Hi! I found this post on Pinterest and I just had to thank you for making this tutorial available for everybody.
    Sealing wax is really expensive in my country (so are crayons, but not as much!), so this is going to help me a lot in my business! Now I need a tutorial on how to make my own seals…
    Thanks again!
    Maria from Uruguay


  18. Angie says:

    Can you use candles instead of crayons? I would try it, but I don’t have enough materials to risk it. By the way,thank you for this tutorial. It was really helpful.


  19. Alexandra says:

    What is the purpose of the fillament tape? Could it be regular tape? How does it change the “unwrapping” process without the shrink wrap? I’m a massage therapist and for Christmas I’d love to make a small batch of diffuser waters to sell or give as gifts to special patients. Thanks!


    • Waelae says:

      Awesome post with awesome info : – )!
      Can I substitute the glue sticks for other kinds of glue – like that white ‘school glue’, PVA glue I think it’s also called.
      Does anyone know if that Would work?
      Would any other substitute for the glue sticks work?


  20. Sherri says:

    I’m wanting to seal a large “memory jar.” The top is probably 5” in diameter. Would it be okay to heat the glue sticks/crayons in a cooking pot on the stovetop? I have a non stick pan to use. Ideas?


  21. Julie A Hunter says:

    Ps…I should know better than to read comments. I broke myself of that habit when MySpace was a thing .
    I know…just dated myself HARD. Lol

    About the comments……

    READ THE ARTICLE PEOPLE!! Don’t just look at the pictures and skim over!!!
    EVERY question is explained FULLY!! Many even having its own sub section!



    • The Handy Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much for your comments Julie. This cracked me up. This post has gotten so many questions many that I haven’t approved to be on here because they are not nice about it either 🙃 But that is the nature of the internet. For every 10 great people you get a few “fill in the blank” people 🤣


  22. cmpalencer says:

    I found this tutorial in October 2021. I tried it today, but had a hard time finding bulk low temperature glue gun glue sticks. I decided to try the “all temp” ones and it worked like a charm! Now I have something to do with all those leftover crayons I’ve been hording for years. LOL

    Also, for anyone interested, I did find some silicone ice molds in the shape of sticks and it worked well to create a log shape for the wax to harden in. I also tried melting it and creating a wax seal and it worked great.

    I found that decorative metal buttons worked great for my stamp instead of having to buy one from the store. Happy sealing!


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