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How to antique paper with coffee or tea

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antiquing paper on a baking sheetWhen I was a little girl, my mother would drag out boxes of pictures of her parents and other family members from Germany. The pictures and old letters were starting to yellow with age, and I often thought that she should preserve them. All these years later, those old German letters and pictures are still in boxes, waiting for me to go through and sort them when I am ready.

I want to display the old family pictures, but I don't have enough old yellowed paper to make the displays I want, so I am glad I found DIY Maven's post on how to antique paper. Using hot black coffee and instant coffee, a baking sheet, a warm oven, paper towels, and a sponge brush, you can make your own antique paper too.

I am going to use my newly antiqued paper as a backdrop for old family photos, but also follow DIY Maven's advise and use copies of the photos. I sure wouldn't want to ruin the only existing photos of my mother's precious memories. What will you use your antiqued paper for?


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