Creative Ideas using Wax Seals

My pop up shop has recently opened in London, and I am excited to be placing a real focus on the beauty and versatility of stationery, so I thought I’d share my favourite creative ideas using wax seals.

 

Jane Means Sho W9 2PH

At the new shop we will enjoy the added expertise of the skillful calligrapher, Judy Broad dropping in to demonstrate her prowess with a manuscript pen and to inspire us all to add the art of calligraphy to our skill set.

Judy Broad

 

Calligraphy by Judy Broad

wax seal ideasRibbon by Jane Means
Wax Seals by Manuscript
Gift Wrap by Rossi

What better adornment to a traditionally inked letter, a calligraphy-decorated wrapping paper or feather (quill) embellished gift than the precise placement of a wax seal.  Such an age-old, traditional and yet unusual and practical, present day decoration; it can make a bold statement, make a simple gift box stand out and can add an air of authentic mystery to whatever you choose to seal.

Wax Seal and Lavender

Image courtesy of Melanie Ward
Wax Seal by Manuscript

Wrapping a gift with an antique map or sheet music and securing the paper or accompanying ribbon with a wax seal transports the imagination to romantic times of centuries past, as does forming a scroll with a letter of love or thanks and sealing it with a wax stamp.

 

Wax seals can be safely added to envelopes and to the folded tops of paper bags.  They can bring elegance to the most basic of brown wrapping paper and, as the seal may only be broken by the intended recipient, it is a much more private and personal statement than the very practical but not so romantic double sided sticky tape. I also love this idea sealing cakes

Sprinkle Bakes

 

Image courtesy of Sprinkle Bakes

When wax seals are combined with calligraphic script and feathers that evoke quills from times gone by, they add instant drama to your gift.  A shade of dark, blood red offers the most traditional appearance but the colour scheme is entirely in your hands.  Special sealing wax can be purchased but seals can also be created in a rainbow of colours by simply melting wax crayons or candles onto your intended surface and then pressing a seal into the soft wax as it cools.  Gold and silver candles are particularly wonderful to use for Christmas gift sealing. I also found this great idea on Pinterest for Festive Cones filled with spruce decorated with a wax seal

wax seal cones

 

Image courtesy of Pinterest

An infinite and wonderful range of stamps are available to buy but if you are feeling creative and you are comfortable using small power tools, you can carve your own designs from small blocks of wood.  (children’s wooden building block shapes are ideal)  Ensure the finished carving is dipped in cooking oil and wiped clean regularly to prevent wax from sticking to the stamper and distorting your seal.

 

As with many such projects, creativity is limited only by our imagination.  So have fun and experiment with initials, simple shapes and graphic symbols or, if you are feeling adventurous, design a personalised family crest.

 

If you aren’t quite confident enough to melt a wax seal onto your beautifully wrapped gift box, wax seals can also be placed directly onto gift tags for added decoration.

 

wax sealRibbon and Tag by Jane Means
Giftware by Paperchase

A simple gift, such as a beautifully scented soap, will be fit for a five star spar when it is wrapped in baking paper, wrapped with raffia and sealed with wax.

 

Having your reception or celebration at a period country house?  Small party favour gifts will look appropriately charming and distinctive, wrapped in brown or parchment paper, tied with grosgrain ribbon and stamped with a personalised wax seal.

 

Sophia Victoria Joy

 

Image by Sophia Victoria Joy

A plain or parchment paper lampshade can be transformed by the addition of some permanent calligraphic script and a perfectly positioned seal or two.  Distinctive napkin rings can be made with wax sealed, colourful card and you may also use a wax seal to secure a floral decoration or jewel of an embellishment to your gift.

 

wedding bee

 

Image courtesy of Wedding Bee

It is also possible to make ‘peel off’ wax seals if you create them on a silicon mat or plate.  You will be left with seals you can conveniently stick to anything.  Loosely wrapping the neck of a bottle with a single, crossed ribbon and gluing on a personalized wax seal makes a lovely wedding gift of champagne or wine.

wax seal gift wrapping

We’d love to hear about your own creative ideas…and don’t forget that our London Shop is open 7 days a week at Clifton Nurseries (just head for the bright pink door which is opposite a pokestop)

Jane Means London Shop

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, London W9 2PH

Happy Sealing Folks x

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10 inspirational gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday or Fathers Day

No matter how humble the gift, dads know it is the thought that counts and so I have put together a selection of gift wrapping ideas for Dads Birthday and Fathers Day , suitable for the wide range of dads out there.

ribbon key

 

Vintage Grey Ribbon by Jane Means

Why not inject a little humour and mystery into your dad’s day by neatly wrapping his very own garden shed key in a small box.  His real gift will be wrapped and hidden inside the shed but he will have to engage in a little treasure hunt to find it!  An ideal method for the gift of gardening gloves, DIY items or, perhaps, in the shed, you have hidden a batch of dad’s favourite homemade cookies, placed in a jar, perfectly tied with beautiful ribbon in dad’s favourite colour…

Fathers Day gift wrapping

 

Brown and Orange Ribbon by Jane Means

For the dad who loves being surrounded by nature, a natural look, with hints of the countryside can be easily achieved by using traditional, rustic-looking brown paper, always a favourite of mine, and accessorizing with budding twigs, feathers, herbs or wheat.  Using herbs will also give a wonderful country garden scent to your gift

wax seal gift wrapping

 

Wax Seal by Manuscript Company          Narrow Slate Grey Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means

Dads really appreciate presents that have a personalized or signature element to them and so, for the ‘city gent’ dad, what about using the Financial Times as wrapping paper, add a formal looking ribbon and complete your smart wrapping by adding a wax seal for a very sophisticated look.

Hamper gift wrapping

 

True, plants and contents from Clifton Nurseries

Who does not love to receive a hamper full of goodies?!  Make your dad feel special with a mini-hamper packed full of tempting treats and, perhaps, his favourite tipple.  In a simple rustic basket, wrapped with raffia or ribbon and, by tying in wooden cutlery, a napkin or a bottle opener, your dad may not have to leave his chair for many happy hours on Father’s Day!  Sitting on a ruffled bed of tissue paper, olive or preserve filled jars and bags of delicious fudge or chocolates can be tied with ribbon, whilst further specifically selected surprises lurk beneath, making dad feel pampered.

 

Rossi paper

 

Paper by Rossi

For many dads, cars are a favourite topic of conversation and this beautifully coloured and elegant ‘car design’ wrapping paper by Rossi is ideal to wrap a car enthusiast’s Father’s Day gift!  A wide black paper band wrapped around the box provides a road and the addition of a small car model, preferably dad’s favourite, adds the personal touch.  When in doubt, a red sports car usually does the trick!   A nice new bottle of car shampoo could be the perfect accompaniment to such packaging and would also provide dad with something to do too!

DaEnglish

Image Courtesy of DaWanda

There are lots of DIY enthusiasts out there and dads who prize their ever-increasing collection of tools would, no doubt, appreciate the time taken to create a personalized ribbon with tiny nuts and bolts attached.  Combined with brown wrapping paper and, with small wrenches, spanners or screwdrivers tied securely into the bow, the perfect gift inside would be a super-duper shiny new tool for dad’s collection

Randomly scattering and colour- copied, traditional playing cards can produce a very striking,  black, white and red design, which many poker, gin rummy and bridge playing dads alike would appreciate.   Matching with black and red ribbons and using a paper-backed playing card as a gift tag produces a personally themed and very attractive gift box.  The king of hearts might be a good card to ‘play’ as the gift tag for Father’s Day.

map gift wrapping

 

Petrol Blue Stitched Ribbon by Jane Means – Vintage Maps bought at Portobello Market, London

For the dad who travels with work or simply loves to travel, using old or photocopied maps for wrapping paper and gift tags produces a very personalized gift.  Choose a map featuring a country or city that is special to your dad and, for extra detail, select a ribbon bearing the colours of that country’s flag.  The map may bring back shared memories of a family holiday,  be of a place you know your dad longs to visit or, perhaps, the gift inside is evocative of that country’s culture…

The well-groomed dads, who love the feel of a crisp, white shirt and a good suit might like their Father’s Day present wrapped in glossy editorial pages, depicting smart, fashionable menswear.   Select a ribbon that compliments your improvised wrapping paper and replace the bow with a Windsor knot to add a ‘dad-approved’ smartness to the way his gift is ‘tied’!  If I may be so bold, ties of red, purple and shades of blue are considered to be the most positive colours to wear…

burgundy stitched ribbon by jane means

 

Burgundy Ribbon by Jane Means – Music Paper from Les Puces, Paris

If music is one of your dad’s greatest interests, then wrap the Father’s Day gift he will love in the music he loves.  Antique sheet music can be found in charity shops and at flea markets and may also be photocopied onto new paper of your own selection.  Small rolled up scrolls of music and a contrasting ribbon results in a most elegantly presented gift, which is personalized to your dad’s musical taste.

 

Alternatively, you could use plain or traditional brown paper and aesthetically position selected handwritten song lyrics onto the gift box after wrapping.  Black writing on cream paper and white writing on black paper are two of the many possible options.   Handwriting also adds another personal touch. Personally I love understated and classic Monochrome.

Black gift wrapping

 

Black and White Dotty Ribbon by Jane Means – Black paper by Paperchase

Gifts offered with thoughtful, creative and personal touches are, I believe, always the best ones, as they come straight from the heart, and Father’s Day or a special birthday is a perfect opportunity to show that it is not about the size of the gift but about the size of the heart that gives it.

Happy Wrapping!

 

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