You might be thinking to yourself right now, “What is antiquing paper and why would I want to do it?” Welllllll….antiquing paper is exactly what is sounds like, making new paper look old. And why would you possibly want to do this? Perhaps some of us host a lot of pirate parties that require treasure maps.
While I’m not hosting any pirate party anytime soon (major bummer), I am trying to finish decorating my DIY shelf that you can learn how to make here. The antique-look appealed to me because I wanted to bring a little warmth and “lived in” feeling to my living room. You know, that feeling you get when you go to Grandma’s house and it smells kind of like moth balls. Well, maybe not that feeling. I don’t know, think botanical prints and stuff.
While I was researching how to do this I realized all the steps in the tutorials seemed rather unnecessary. Put the paper in the oven and bake it!? Thanks but I wasn’t planning on burning my house down today. Then, I read some jibber jabber about having a specific hot water to black tea ratio and blah blah blah. I thought, “Well this just won’t do, I’m gonna do it my way. “So I did, and it was awesome.
How To Antique Your Paper in 3 Easy Steps
- Wrinkle your paper into a ball like you’re going to throw it in the trash. Then, unwrinkle your paper out of the ball.
- Put unballed paper on a cookie sheet and poor left over coffee from the morning (if you don’t drink coffee then I can’t help you for more reasons than this) onto the paper until completely soaked. The paper soaks up the coffee better if the coffee is hot.
- Take paper out of cookie sheet and let it dry in the sun.
That’s it. No boiling water. No complicated water to tea ratios. No burning your house down. Boom.
See, I told you it was easy. I would never lie to you.