Creating Wax Seals and Tying Ribbons

My name is Allison McClanahan, and I am a calligrapher and stationer. For my wedding clients, I work with ribbon and wax seals which makes a piece of mail extra fun to receive. In this class, I’ll show you my favorite methods for creating wax seals and tying ribbons.  

Topics covered

  • Wax and sealing stamps sourcing
  • Ribbon sourcing
  • Gold marker brand
  • Wax seal formation--various methods and shapes with a focus on the glue gun method
  • Ribbon/wax seal combinations
    • opposite direction tails
    • same direction tails
  • Ribbon tying
    • knot
    • bow
  • How to keep your wax seal and ribbon from attaching to the paper

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available now for all Tier 2 students.  Some classes are also available to Tier 1 students. Click here to see the Tier 1 Class Listing.  

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  • Sealing wax (I prefer glue gun sticks from Artisaire) 
  • Sealing stamps (shown in video: Artisaire, Elisa Anne Calligraphy, Hobby Lobby) 
  • Ribbon (I use May Arts silk ribbon) 
  • Glue gun (low temp preferred, dual temp okay if you make sure it’s set on low!)


  • Bowl of ice 
  • Parchment Paper 

Homework Challenge

Want to see our students homework? Search the hashtag #kcawaxseals on Instagram. Be sure to checkout #kallicampacademy for hundreds of posts from our student portfolio.

Instructor: Allison McClanahan


Instagram: @wildwoodcalligraphyandpost


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