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DIY Vintage Parcel Wedding Invitation Wrap with Wax Seal

The first DIY feature in the brand new section of my blog involves fire {for a wax seal}, but it's easy as long as you don't have anything flammable near you. Otherwise things could turn into a rather large headache rather quickly. In this DIY, you will transform a paper bag, bakers twine and melting wax into an old world style parcel with your wedding invitation and goodies inside. Having guests receive an invitation where they have to "break the seal" to get inside is always fun. It's the same method that kings and queens used to seal their correspondence.

This invitation features the vintage poster inspired Amber invitation collection from Download & Print to stuff into the bags. The seersucker stripes come in five understated colors, but it's the gorgeous fonts that really pulls this design together.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
1. 5 x 7" kraft bags
2. Red sealing wax
3. metal sealing stamp
4. Baker's twine
5. X-acto knife
6. Ruler
7. Scissors
8. Invitation suite of your choice

Step 1: Trim Flap

Trim the top off the kraft bags to give a clean edge. You can do this with an X-acto knife and ruler, or scissors, or even trim several bags at once with a paper trimmer.

Vintage Parcel DIY Wedding Invitation Wrap - Step by Step Tutorial

Step 2: Stuff Bags

Stuff each bag with your invitation, RSVP and envelope, enclosure card, and any other stationery you are including. Make sure to push everything to the very bottom of the bag. The invitation suite being used is Amber in silver from the Budget Savvy Bride Collection. This printable collection includes 15 templates.

Vintage Parcel DIY Wedding Invitation Wrap - Step by Step Tutorial

Step 3: Tie With Twine

Fold the top flap over and crease. Cut a length of baker’s twine and wrap two or three times around the bag, before finishing with a knot near the edge of the folded flap. Your goal is to get the knot as close to the flap edge as possible. Spread out the twine along the top and bottom of the bag for greater decorative impact.

Vintage Parcel DIY Wedding Invitation Wrap - Step by Step Tutorial

Step 4: Melt the Wax

Now to play with fire! Light the wax and let the top get hot and begin to melt. Roll the wax in your fingers as it’s heating up so that it melts evenly. When the wax is ready to drip, angle it down and let the wax drip onto the knot. Drip the wax into a circle about the size of a nickle. You want the wax to cover the knot, as well as to span from the flap to the main bag, sealing the bag.

Vintage Parcel DIY Wedding Invitation Wrap - Step by Step Tutorial

When you have a nice size wax circle grab your sealing stamp (first blowing out the wax and keeping the hot tip away from anything flammable!). Press the stamp onto the melted wax until the wax oozes from the sides. Keep pressing the stamp down, the longer you hold the stamp the easier it will be to remove cleanly. You want to press down the stamp for at least 30 seconds. If you remove the stamp too soon you’ll have pieces of wax stuck to the stamp. Trim the twine tails to a length you like.

Vintage Parcel DIY Wedding Invitation Wrap - Step by Step Tutorial

Now you have a timeless wax seal and a very easy and inexpensive DIY project that will be a little fun for your wedding guests to open.

The Budget Savvy Bride Collection - Amber Design