Introduction: How to Make Parchment Paper.

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How to make parchment paper. To do this, well use a technique of tea-staining.

Step 1: Equipment.

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You will need:
Paper
A container big enough for the paper to fit inside of (there are ways around this if you can't find one big enough).
A Spoon
Tea bags.
Coffee granules.
Hot water.

Step 2: Make the Tea.

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Put 3 to 4 tea bags into your container and add hot water.
Stir it thoroughly until it is a really dark color.

Then, add a heaped table spoon of coffee granules to the mix.
Stir it again until it is mixed in well and looks a dense drown color.

Step 3: Dye the Paper.

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Place the paper flat into the container.
(If your container isn't big enough to do this, lightly fold the paper in half and place it in).

Use the spoon to press down the paper to make sure it is covered by the water. As demonstrated in the picture.

Leave the paper to soak for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 4: Adding Decor and Ware.

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Take out the dyed paper and put it on a flat surface.
While it is still wet, take a few pinches of coffee grains and sprinkle a generous amount in a few places. They will quickly dissolve and darken the areas, creating a worn / burn look to the paper.
If the coffee granules don't dissolve, use the spoon to tip a small drop of water onto them.

Once they've melted for a minute or so, use a towel to blot the paper dry.
Then put it somewhere to dry completely, such as on a heater. But be careful not to set anything on fire.

Step 5: Parchment Complete.

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Once the paper has dried, you can iron it flat and crisp, or leave it as it is, for a more worn look.

Step 6: Tips / Extras

You can put you paper in the oven on a low temperature to dry it faster and give it a crisp feel.

You can scrunch up the paper during the staining process to give it to dark creases as seen in the pictures, making it look even older.

Comments

AkeemaLee (author)2016-07-23

What a great Idea! It is a way more affective affect then the boring way i did it. Thanks!

Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-07-20

This is a really fun project. I do this to make treasure maps for my kids.

That's awesome and sounds cool :) I've been doing this to make stuff from Harry Potter, I'm using again now for making custom acceptance letters for people in my area.

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