how to make paper look old with tea

how to make paper look old with tea

How to Make Paper Look Old with Tea

Making paper look old with tea is a great way to add a unique character to your paper art. Tea is an organic material that has been used for centuries to make paper look old and give it an antique look. Read on to find out how you can use tea to make a variety of paper art projects look more antique and they will last for years to come.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Tea – A few teabags will do for smaller projects, for bigger projects use a teacup.
  • Water – You will need to use warm water to make the tea.
  • Paper – Any type of paper will do.


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat and add the tea. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Dip the paper in the tea mixture for about 10 seconds. The paper should be soaked, but not saturated.
  3. Lay the paper out on a flat surface and let it dry.
  4. Once the paper is dry, you can use a variety of techniques to distress the paper. Tear or burn the edges with a lighter, or use a potato masher to make wavy lines on the surface. You can also try crumpling the paper and then smoothing it out again.
  5. Now you can use the paper in any art projects to give it an aged, antique appearance.


  • The more tea you use, the darker and more distinct the tea stains will be.
  • Older tea has a stronger flavor and will give the paper a darker, more distinct look.
  • You can create different looks by varying how long you dip the paper in the tea.
  • Experiment with different kinds of tea to find the perfect aged look for your paper art.

Making paper look old with tea is an great way to add an antique look to your art projects. With a few simple steps and some creativity, you can make any paper look like it has seen the years.


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