How to Age Paper

You can make new paper look old using the following techniques.

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Transform boring sheets of paper into simple and fun craft projects.

 
 

You Will Need

  • Paper
  • A used tea bag
  • Coffee grounds
  • Lemon juice
  • A flame
  • An iron

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use tea

    Drag a wet tea bag across the paper. The tea will stain the paper, giving it an aged appearance.

  2. Step 2

    Use coffee

    Place wet coffee grounds on the paper; then shake them off. The coffee will turn the paper brown and give it an aged appearance.

  3. Step 3

    Use lemon juice

    Cover the paper with lemon juice, and then expose it near a flame. The longer the exposure, the darker the paper will become.

  4. Tea, coffee, and lemon juice are all acidic, and will decrease the life of the paper.

  5. Step 4

    Burn the edges

    Tear the edges, then wet the inner borders slightly to keep from burning more of the paper than you want. Then burn the paper's edges.

  6. Step 5

    Crumple the paper

    Carefully crumple the paper a couple of times, and then iron it.

  7. Did you know? There is archeological evidence of people consuming tea leaves steeped in boiling water as many as 500,000 years ago.

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