How to Make a Vintage Looking Letter

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Something about the pages of old journals and notebooks hints of history and romance. The worn, delicate pages add a touch of mystery and nostalgia. Making a letter look vintage requires using paper that looks old, presenting a sense of antiquity. The effect is fairly simple to create at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Teabag
  • Baking pan
  • Paper towels
  • Thin, cotton cloth
  • Clothes iron
  • Paintbrush
  • Brown ink
  • Crumple paper to give it texture. Flatten the crumpled paper.

  • Brew tea using 1 cup of hot water and one teabag. Pour the tea into a baking pan. Place the paper in the baking pan for about 30 seconds, and then remove it and blot it dry with paper towels.

  • Place a thin, cotton cloth over the paper, and use a clothes iron to iron the paper. The cloth protects the paper from the iron's direct heat.

  • Dip a paintbrush in the tea, and use it to dab tea on the paper. That task adds texture and variety to the paper's coloring.

  • Wait for the paper to dry completely before using it to write a letter. Write with brown ink to help make the letter look vintage.

Tips & Warnings

  • The method also makes paper that will be used to create an ornament or scrapbook look vintage.

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