Have you ever wanted to try making your own coffee stained paper? Today's DIY tutorial is about how to make paper look old and vintage by staining it with coffee. If you have wondered how to create coffee stained paper you have come to the right place! Just look at the beautiful crafty things you can make with coffee stained paper. There are many uses for it and it's so satisfying to make too.
How to stain paper with coffee: Instructions
1. Start out with 3 cups of hot water and add in 1 cup of ground coffee.
2. Stir the coffee mixture really well and let it sit for 5 minutes to get the water fully saturated and dark.
3. Strain the coffee mixture with a mesh strainer and discard the coffee grounds. There may be some left, that is fine! It adds darker spots.
4. Pour coffee into a dish or bowl and add in your paper to soak up the coffee.
5. Let coffee-stained paper dry.
TIP: Double dipping and letting the paper sit for a few minutes will give an even darker aged look.
Read on to learn about how different papers soak up the coffee differently and for more detailed instructions.
You can also make the coffee with your coffee maker but doing it with a strainer will keep more of the coffee bits in the liquid which will give better staining designs on your coffee-stained papers.
Papers soak up coffee in different ways and it's fun to experiment with regular papers as well as old maps, vintage book pages and even cloth canvas. Keep in mind that aging paper with coffee is not archival.
For this coffee stained paper tutorial, we tried out four different kinds of paper and got different results depending on the tooth and absorbency. The results were surprising!
More about different papers and how they looked after staining with coffee:
1. Plain printer paper
Printer paper soaked up the coffee evenly. When we let it the printer paper dry and dipped in coffee again, there was more of an aged look. This paper would be great for little notes or gift wrapping.
2. Watercolor Paper
Our favorite was staining watercolor paper with coffee. If you would like to see the exact paper we used, here's the link on Amazon. Oh my gosh, the way this paper soaked up the coffee and little coffee bits was amazing! We used Strathmore watercolor paper. This type of paper would be great for junk journal inserts (see our junk journal blog post) and for painting on. We also cut strips and used the coffee stained paper to embellish some small boxes that we were gift wrapping. Such a nice touch!
3. Mixed Media Paper
Another favorite from Strathmore was the mixed media paper. After playing with a few different kinds of mixed media papers, we found that this paper soaked up the coffee extremely well. It would be perfect for writing thank you notes. This kind of coffee stained paper is perfect paper for card-making, tags and for painting or drawing on!
4. Lined Paper
The regular lined paper was the same as the plain office paper and would be great for adding to your junk journals and for writing notes or poems on.
Now that you know about how different papers react to coffee, let's get staining!!
Staining your paper:
This is the fun part... Use whatever dish or containers that fit your sizes of paper. A cookie tray or plastic container will work for your larger sheets. Fill your container or dish of choice with your coffee.
Start dipping and emerging your papers into the coffee. Have fun and experiment. Try to crumple the paper or fold it before dipping and after to see what kinds of designs appear.
Double dipping and letting the paper sit for a few minutes will give an even darker and a more aged look. Hang your papers to dry or use your blow dryer or heat gun.
Keep in mind that the regular printer paper and lined paper will rip easily. Also if you are going to hand stamp or paint on your paper be sure to do that after it's dry. Don't paint on the paper and then dip into the coffee because your image will smear. On the other hand, if you are going to print a design on your paper with a printer, best to do that before as long as you are using designs from a laser printer. Inkjet will run.
Watch the tutorial below to see how we stained our papers with coffee.
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