How to Make Goldenrod Paper


Create secret messages, fun art projects or even a bloody Halloween scrapbook page with your own goldenrod paper. This unique yellow paper turns bright red when it comes into contact with a base like baking soda or ammonia. It is easy to make goldenrod paper with a simple household spice.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Measuring cup
  • Tablespoons
  • Turmeric powder
  • Plastic tub
  • Office paper
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil on the stove. Use a large enough pot so the water does not boil over the sides.

  • Add 4 tablespoons of turmeric to the water. Stir the turmeric into the water until it turns bright yellow. Turn off the heat. Carefully pour the hot water into the plastic tub.

  • Place three to four paper sheets into the turmeric dye. Make sure the paper is completely soaked and laying under the surface of the water. Allow it to soak for several minutes. The longer you leave the paper in the water, the darker yellow it will turn.

  • Remove the paper from the dye. Lay the sheets flat on some paper towels to dry. As the paper dries, you will see powdered turmeric forming on the surface. You can gently shake this loose from the dried paper or wipe it off with a clean paper towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when working with the turmeric dye. It is strong enough to dye your clothing and fingers yellow. Consider wearing gloves for protection.

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