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It’s simple to give paper an aged look at home if you prefer to use it for journaling, scrapbooking, and other creative paper crafts. There’s no need to buy special paper or chemicals. BestLifeTips will show you how to tea stain paper at home that’s real quick.
How to tea stain paper with tea bags
Tea-staining paper is affordable and flexible since it allows you to experiment with different colours of stain on various types of paper while utilizing ingredients you already have on hand. To convert your present paper into something unique, all you need are some tea bags and water. While loose leaf paper is the simplest to tea stain, bound journal or book pages may also be stained by separating the wet pages with waxed paper or aluminum foil sheets.
Here’s what to do:
- Make a pot of tea to start staining your paper or notebook. In two cups of warm water, soak three bags of black tea. When the tea is ready, dab it onto the paper using a tea bag or dab it onto the paper with a paintbrush dipped in the tea. You may alternatively soak the entire sheet of paper in the tea by filling a small pan halfway with it.
- Set the paper out to dry after staining it to the desired color. Cover the paper with a pane of glass or a nylon screen to ensure that it dries flat. The borders will not wrinkle or deform as a result of this. Use your stained paper to make all of your paper crafts after it has dried.
How to tea stain paper without an oven
One typical way of aging paper is to dye the paper with coffee or tea and then dry it in the oven. Without the use of an oven, a no-bake technique produces similar results. What you need to stain paper are: baking sheet, strong coffee, paintbrush, paper towel, paper, instant coffee, and a heavy book (optional).
- First, place the paper for antiquing flat in the baking sheet.
- Dye the paper evenly with coffee.
- Over the paper, sprinkle instant coffee. You’ll need around 1 tablespoon of coffee for an 8 1/2 by 11-inch sheet of paper. Sprinkle the crystals on the page at random.
- Allow three minutes for the instant coffee to soak in. Then wipe them with a paper towel to clean them up. The instant coffee simulates stains and natural aging by creating concentrated areas of darkness.
- To absorb extra liquid on the paper, use paper towels. The baking sheet should not have any coffee pooled on it.
- Place the baking sheet in a sunny spot outside. Allow the paper to dry naturally in the sun. Alternatively, place a paper towel on top of the paper and then a heavy book on top to keep it from curling. Allow the baking sheet to air dry in a dry area indoors.
You might use strong brewed tea instead of coffee for better colors.
How to tea stain paper doilies
Doilies are perfect to vintage decoration. Tea staining them to add more vibe to the paper as below:
- Boil a large pot with water.
- Add your choice of 5 tea bags to the boiling water.
- Turn off and let the pot of tea cool completely, otherwise your doilies will tear.
- Remove the tea bags once you think it’s deep enough to stain.
- Add 1-3 doilies at a time to the pot. You might need to use a pair of tongs to push doilies under the water as the they will be floating.
- Remove doilies to a drying/cooling rack once you reach your desired results.
- Once the doilies are dried, they are ready to be used.
Tips on how to tea stain paper doilies. The result depends much on how long you keep doilies under the water.
- 5 minute: you will get very light stain.
- 20-30 minutes: you will get a nice aged stain.
- 1 or more hours: you will get a richer stain.
- Overnight: you will get a deep stain.
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With above simple instruction, you will know how to tea stain paper and get a beautiful aged color result. It doesn’t cost you much time or ingredients for a perfect tea stain paper. If you nailed it, like and share the article to others and return BestLifeTips often for more DIY tips.