Got a cool letter or invitation to send that could use some pizazz? Design blog Ragehaus has a great how-to for creating your own wooden wax seal, to give your snail mail letters an even more historical look than they already have.
The materials for this project are pretty standard in any craft hound's arsenal, such as an xacto knife, sandpaper, and wood finish. Probably the most obscure tool (besides the sealing wax, of course) is the wood-burning tool with a fine point. These are available at most craft stores, however, and are definitely the best tool for the job. All you need to do is print out your design and make a stencil with the xacto knife—which you can then use to draw a mirror image of your design onto the dowel and carve it in. You might want to get more than one dowel, since it can be kind of tricky for those inexperienced—but the final product is certainly cool enough to warrant it. For the detailed instructions, check out the post over at Ragehaus. Got any other tips for spicing up boring old snail mail? Sound off in the comments!
DIY Wooden Wax Seal [Ragehaus]