DIY Maven

DIY Maven

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Although I'm a writer by education and profession, I have a not-so-secret DIY and craft (of almost any kind) addiction. I'm the… read more

Comments - How to Antique Paper

Julia on Sep 29, 2017:

I am thinking of using this as a piece in a multi-media work I am doing. I wonder how it would hold up to varnishing? Anybody have any ideas?

Cathy on Jan 29, 2017:

I just tried this and it works really great!! Other websites recommend buying parchment paper, but this really looks way more authentic. I baked on 175 degrees celsius. Don't walk away because it bakes really fast.

Anonymous on Jun 10, 2016:

can you blow dry the paper instead of put it in the oven?

Anonymous on Jan 05, 2015:

I love the look, but need it to laminated. Would that work at all? or would the laminating ruin the effect you have with the crinkles??

Dottie on Nov 23, 2014:

Or you can take a iron and keep pressing over it

Anonymous on Nov 23, 2014:

So easy! And it totally worked. Thanks!

Oracle on Mar 17, 2014:

@Amanda: Keeping ink from bleeding.

Laser printed and laser copier printed inks do not run when wet.  (The toner is plastic which is melted onto the paper.)

Ink jet printed paper can be made permanent by ironing it.  I use the cotton or linen setting and iron both sides.  (The ink is dye, which can be set with heat.)

Anonymous on Mar 08, 2014:

I think the ink is printed onto the paper once it's dried.

Amanda on Mar 08, 2014:

How did you keep the ink from bleeding when you wet the paper?

zandra.depusoir.79 on Nov 14, 2013:

wow that is very neat and give it an awesome look.

Anonymous on Nov 12, 2013:

an easy way to do this is to dip paper in coffee or coke and let it darken until you have the appropriate. Then layer the paper with paper towels inbetween and place a book on top. This allows you to write on it later(i use this method since I use it for calligraphy projects). Then after you write on it, add water to dampen the paper, crumble it, uncrumble it and allow it to dry. Then you can burn the edges(optional). 

Anonymous on Sep 10, 2013:

will it work for like projectes of u need to write on it later?

Camper girl on Apr 20, 2013:

I like to do this sometimes when camping! Stick the edges of paper near coals for about 3-5 sec. And then turn around and around until you get the around edges crispy brown. Looks really cool!

Rachel on Apr 05, 2013:

Hey, just wanted to tell you thanks. I tried it out on a printed photo but I either did it wrong or the paper and ink combo just didn't work with the water, so it looks like it's from the Titanic, lol. Really cool looking though! Your process worked great with my drawing though :D

Erika on Mar 25, 2013:

 I did it a little different. I crumpled the paper. Then I took a tea bag and made it wet. I rubbed the paper with it and let it dry. I printed my text and tore the edges. Then I repeated the process with the tea bag only on the edges and when it dried, they were a little darker than the middle, which gave a nice finish. I let it air dry.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2013:

Do they come out crispy and crack or are they able to be rolled up

nina on Jan 10, 2013:

We just used this method for my daughters school project and it was perfect. i had the oven at 400 for about 4 minutes.. Looks fantastic. Thank you

Anonymous on Jan 03, 2013:

This is Great buttt..... watch out! If you use too much instant coffea the smell will be really strong... But after a couple of hours they will be fine :)

DIY Maven on Dec 19, 2012:

@Anon--200 degrees.

Anonymous on Dec 18, 2012:

What degree should you set the oven?


Anonymous on Nov 20, 2012:

you can also burn a few holes using a lighter if you really want to go all out.

Michelle on Nov 16, 2012:

The soy sauce definitely worked better than the coffee. The paper came out darker and thicker. Thanks for all the ideas

DIY Maven on Oct 19, 2012:

@The Girls...that's great! Thanks!!

TheGirls@WhimsicallyHomemade on Oct 19, 2012:

Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We're using one of your pictures and are linking back to you. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

KDH on Aug 20, 2012:

Love the instant coffee idea. Will have to try this. My ususal way to "antique" paper is to crumble paper, dab with tea bag, freashly steeped in a small amount of water, place wet paper between two paper towels, iron till it dries. Remove paper towels and iron until I see brown scorched marks. Easy to control antique look and I'm able to tatter the edges for a more worn look. 


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