Today I have a beautiful tutorial for wax paper wedding invitations to share with you. Concepted and photographed by Katie Decker of Signora e Mare, this tutorial is a great way to add a little something extra to your invitations. Enjoy!


Tools and Supplies

hammer,  wax candles or wax bead, paper of choice, image of choice printed on computer paper, extra computer paper, exacto knife or scissors, plastic bag (to place your candles in), glue stick, iron, bone folder or knife


1. Begin by smashing your candle sticks (if you do not have wax beads) within the plastic bag. You’ll want to make sure these are small enough to melt down. One candlestick should be more than enough for a few of these.

2. Once you have your wax into small enough pieces, remove the wick and place the wax in between a fold piece of parchment paper. The paper should be large enough to completely sandwich your image .

3. Iron the wax so it is melted in between the sheets being careful not to spill the hot wax.

4. Next,  place your selected image in between the parchment paper and completely ensconce the paper with the wax. Make sure to get ride of any bubbles.

5. With your image completely covered in wax, remove from the parchment paper and place in between two clean sheets of computer paper. Iron again to remove any excess wax.

6. Let completely dry and then adhere to your selected fine art paper with a glue stick.

7. Use the bone folder or smooth edge of a knife to adhere properly and remove any air bubbles.

Photography and Tutorial: Katie Decker of Signora e Mare 

Be sure to check out Wedding Sparrow today to see the editorial inspired by this wax paper wedding invitation tutorial!


Comments (17)

Erich McVey | Reply

Mind blowing! Knew immediately that these were Katie Decker. Beautiful work!

katie Decker Hyatt | Reply

Aww, shucks. Thanks so much Erich!!! :)

Kayla | Reply

SO pretty, Katie!

Izzie Rae Photography | Reply

Absolutely brilliant! Having tiny wax beads is a smart (and safer) way then having a giant pot of hot wax… Stunning images too!!!

Diana | Reply

Absolutely love these pretty floral invites! I’m actually considering making these as personal stationery. Thanks for sharing!

Haley Sheffield | Reply

Stunning! LOVE these!

Ali Manning | Reply

This is fantastic – it looks so elegant!

Diamond Bridal Gallery -- Laura | Reply

So pretty! Lovely idea for the DIY bride.

Andrew | Reply

These are seriously beautiful, and such a wonderful idea!

Jaclyn Holtzman | Reply

Your projects are absolutely stunning! We’d love to feature some of your projects on http://www.allfreediyweddings.com, a free resource for DIY brides!

Please let me know if you’re interested!

Katerina | Reply

I’m sorry but I’m not quite getting it. I really want to make this but here are my questions:
1) judging by the pictures, it seems like the image is transferred to parchment paper and then this p.p. with the image imprinted on it gets glued to the fine art paper. Am I right? If I am, then why do we even need any computer paper? Why is it involved?
2) judging by the instructions, the image is somehow transferred to computer paper and then this c.p. gets glued to the fine art paper. Why bother with was and iron if we can just print an image on the computer paper and glue it wherever we want?

Again, I apologize for those stupid questions, but I just cannot wrap my head around this tutorial…

Nicole | Reply

My guess from working with similar thin papers is that it might wrinkle going through the printer and/or the parchment paper doesnt accept ink well. If thats correct, I can see it being used over vellum bc in my experiance, vellum doesnt always take inkjet printing well as it can pool on the surface and smodge. I can also see the parchment being more preferred if it is not bleached, as the natural color makes it look more antique.

Joanna C | Reply

I am guessing that each invitation is processed individually and that the image is printed multiple times, corresponding to the number of invitations needed. Beautiful idea but not practical for large weddings. I love this and want to do it for my wedding. Please give me additional details for mass production. Thanks

lisa | Reply

I think this is really beautiful and such a great idea. I don’t understand it either though. I am trying to figure out what happens when you put the wax/parchement between the computer paper. It seems like an awful lot of work to go through to then find out that whatever your trying to do doesn’t work.

Ali Brandon | Reply

I love this idea!! I’m going to be trying to do this for my wedding (only need to send out ~20 invites globally), but I’m wondering the same as everyone else — how the image transfer works. Is the PP used to make sure the wax adheres to the image, and then the CP just used as a medium for lifting any leftover non-adhering wax?

Lindsay | Reply

What font did you use on this invite? Gorgeous and love the idea!

Ericka | Reply

Couldn’t you just use wax paper? For example take the printed image and place wax paper on top, then a piece of parchment on top of that? The wax paper would absorb the image, (I think) and then the parchment acts as a barrier to prevent you from getting wax on your iron? So after you heat it and the wax paper “picks up the image” you could then place that on whatever paper you want then reheat the papers (first layer, what you want the image on, second layer, the imaged absorbed wax paper, and third layer, protective parchment paper) and it would transfer? Just a thought.


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