How to Stain Paper With Coffee


Staining paper with coffee gives it that aged look many people like. While tea staining is more common, coffee staining lends a bolder color to the end result. If you want to alter the look of a boring piece of white paper to give it more of a vintage or antique style, you will be pleasantly surprised at how simple this process can be -- leaving you with an end result that looks like a page torn out of an old book or journal.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee
  • Sponge brush
  • Wax paper
  • Heavy book
  • Thin cloth
  • Iron
  • Prepare a cup of coffee as normal. Instant coffee works just fine for staining paper. Let the coffee cool completely.

  • Lay the piece of paper flat on a waterproof surface.

  • Dip a sponge brush into the coffee and gently brush the paper with it. Don’t use too much coffee or the paper will get overly soggy.

  • Brush coffee over the first side of the page to cover it completely.

  • Flip the paper over and brush the other side in the same manner.

  • Place the damp piece of paper onto a piece of wax paper and place another sheet of wax paper on top of it to sandwich it.

  • Place a heavy book on top of the wax paper to apply pressure and help with drying.

  • Leave the paper to dry overnight and remove the wax paper in the morning. If the paper is still damp, place a piece of thin cloth over it and iron it gently with an iron on a low setting.

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