Making Your Holiday Cards a Little More Personal
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Here's a very quick and fun idea I wanted to share with you, inspired from my recent trip to New Orleans (geesh, there was a whole lot of inspiration going on down there because I swear I've written at least four blog posts alone on that city, and I hope you're not tired of hearing about it at this point). This comes right in time for the holiday and is fun way to make your holiday cards a little more merry: making homemade wax seals.

Yes, it takes a little more time, but I promise, it will be worth it on the receiving end. Let's take it back to the good old days when things had to be done in a delicate way because we didn't have the luxury of just licking the corners of an envelope and shoving it in a mailbox for worry-free delivery.

You can purchase the seals and waxes from the New Orleans-based store, Papier Plume, that provided us with the demonstration below to help you do this at home. For myself, I purchased the roman-style Monogram with the Initial "R," and silver and gold wax. To speed up the process, you can also purchase a glue gun and super pliable wax made for this type of dispenser. To top off your seal with a little glam, you can purchase metallic ink pads that will give the finished seal a little more sparkle. 

 

Step 1: Light the wick of the desired wax.

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Step 2: Hold it at an angle and let it drip onto the envelope carefully.
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Step 3: Round out the wax to approximately the same size of the desired seal you will be using.

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Step 4: Push the seal into the wax firmly but not too hard, and let it sit for about five seconds. Rushing this step will ruin the final product.

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Step 5: You have a beautifully sealed envelope ready for delivery.
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Signing Off Making it Personal,
Renee

Renee Woodruff blogs about travel, food and living life to the fullest on Shape.com. Follow her on Twitter or see what she's up to on Facebook!

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