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
- Sponge brush
- Wax paper
- Heavy book
- Thin cloth
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.
- Photo Credit coffee in coffee image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com
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