Antiqued Paper - Using Coffee!

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Have you ever wanted antique paper, but can't seem to find any? This instructable can help. You can easily get the look of antique paper, without wasting the money, or TIME it takes to get the real product. Use it in scrapbooks, pictures, even Pocket-Scrolls!

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Step 1: Prep Your Workspace

The first step to making antiqued paper is getting your materials and workspace ready. Your going to need....
- K Cup or Coffee Crystals
- Paper, any kind works. Preferably white.
- Teakettle and Stove top, or Keurig Coffee Maker
- Coffee Cup
- Shallow Pan
- Spoon
- Oven
- Cooling Rack
- Oven Mitt
- Pepper Flakes (or grinder)
- Sink
- Heavy Stuff

Step 2: Making the Coffee

For this step, you need to make a cup of really strong coffee. (no sugar or milk needed) Once you do this, pour the coffee into the shallow pan.

Step 3: Paper Time!

Place the paper into the coffee pan. Pat it down so it is completely under the coffee. After about 5-10 minutes, flip it over. Let it sit for two more minutes, and then take it out and place it in a clean section of the sink.

Step 4: The Oven.

Wash and dry the shallow pan. After that heat the oven to 350 degree's fahrenheit (176 degree's celsius). Place the cooling rack in the pan (if possible), and then place the wet paper on the rack. Shake some pepper flakes on the paper, and then place in oven and heat until the edges of the paper start to curl upward. Do not wait for the oven to finish preheating, there is no need. When the edges curl upward, take the paper out of the oven.

Step 5: Finnishing Touch

Clean off the pepper flakes, put under the pan loaded with heavy objects, and in ten minutes, admire your new old piece of paper!

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    4 Discussions

    I don't think the pepper flakes would do much, but if you want a little speckling, I would wager, damp coffee grounds sprinkled lightly across the paper before putting in the oven would produce the kind of effect you are looking for.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! And quite easy by the looks of it :D! I bought an old Remington typewriter a while back, I'm going to use this to complete the 'look'!