To make your own envelope glue, simply mix together two parts white glue and one part vinegar until well combined. (I recommend about 1/2 teaspoon for about 10-15 envelopes). Paint this on the underside of the flap, let dry, and remoisten with a damp sponge (or your tongue, if not afraid of the taste) when ready to seal.
Do note that there are many recipes (such as this one or this one) online for homemade envelope glue resulting in a more palatable flavour. Unfortunately, most call for powdered gelatine, which is hard to come by in Belgium.
Now that your envelope is shut, it’s time to add a rustic-elegant touch : a gorgeous wax seal! (This process was greatly inspired by this tutorial).
Simply take a crayon, peel away a bit of the wrapping, and hold it over your envelope and close to a match until the wax starts dripping. (You may need to use two matches). A fun twist is to use two colors, to achieve a pretty, tie-dye effect.
Do : try this out on some newspaper first!
Don’t : tilt the enveloppe until the wax is completely dry!
How to procede :
– Melt crayon n°1.
– Melt crayon n°2 on top of the first puddle of wax, which may already have dried a bit, therefore…
– … Melt one more drop of crayon n°1 on top of your seal, to achieve the perfect swirly effect.
Curl up with a mug of tea and a sheet of creamy paper, write a loving/heartfelt/whacky note, and mail it in your homemade envelope — it’s sure to warm your recipient’s heart!