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.

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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Michaels stores weren’t prevalent in Canada yet,  I went to the library and found a book that said that letter wax was originally made with beeswax, and then eventually mineral pigments were added for colour.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

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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
  • wax stamp

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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

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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.

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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.

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45 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 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.

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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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      • 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.

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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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  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?

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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.

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    • 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″.

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  12. 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.

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