How to Tea Dye Paper
Making your own tea-dyed paper is a great way to add a unique aged look and feel to scrapbooks, cards, and other paper crafts. Here’s how to do it:
Things You’ll Need
- Strong black tea
- Strainer or tea bags
- White paper
Steps to Tea Dying Paper
- Make a strong black tea using one tea bag (or two tablespoons of loose-leaf tea) for every two cups of boiling water.
- Let it steep for 45 minutes and strain out the tea leaves.
- Pour the tea into a shallow pan or bowl that is larger than the papers you are going to dye.
- Soak the papers in the tea for a few minutes until they look evenly saturated.
- Carefully remove the papers from the pan, lay them out on a lined surface and let them dry.
- Once they are dry, your tea-dyed paper is ready to use!
- You can control the level of color by varying the strength of the tea and the time the papers are left to soak.
- Try experimenting with adding random folds or tearing the edges of the papers before you dye them for an even more rustic look.