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How to Age Paper

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


  • Step 1: Use tea Drag a wet tea bag across the paper. The tea will stain the paper, giving it an aged appearance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Tea, coffee, and lemon juice are all acidic, and will decrease the life of the paper.
  • 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.
  • Step 5: Crumple the paper Carefully crumple the paper a couple of times, and then iron it.
  • FACT: Did you know? There is archeological evidence of people consuming tea leaves steeped in boiling water as many as 500,000 years ago.

You Will Need

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

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