Thursday, January 12, 2012

antiquing paper.

this is one of my new favorite things. like always, i came across it on pinterest. i was searching for a way to make old and worn ornaments for our church's Journey to Judea Christmas event and this was so cheap, easy, and amazing that i couldn't pass it up.

creative idea #4: antique Paper {in this case, for ornaments}
idea sparked by: AGlimpseInsideBlog


  • paper {can be from a book or something you print off yourself. If printing, do this before you start. I chose card stock for a more sturdy ornament Also, i tried printing in brown the first time i did this, only to have it fade more than i was wanting. it looked great for some things, but for this, i preferred to print in black (which didn't fade). Play around with it!}
  • cookie sheet
  • coffee
  • oven mit
  • preheat oven to 200
  • lay your paper on the cookie sheet {you can do straight edges, or tear them.}
  • pour just enough coffee to cover the paper. {for this mini sized cookie sheet and one piece of paper, i used less than a 1/4 cup}

{sorry, i haven't perfected my taking-pictures-in-a-dark-oven skills...}
  • set the timer for 20 min. it prob wont be done that quick, but use it as a gauge for how much longer you should leave it in for. You'll know it's done when the edges start to peel off the cookie sheet. if it didn't peel off very high, take a butter knife and gently pop off the rest of the edges.

  • get creative with how you use these! You can frame them, glue string to the back for an ornament, or as the blogger at AGlimpseInside did, you can make multiple, roll them up, tie them with hemp, and put them in a vase :-)
love and good uses for coffee,

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