Guest Post: Shelby from Just Because I said I do

The adorable Shelby is here today with a great tutorial for you all.
Take it away Shelby!


Hi Allison Fans!
My name is Shelby from Just Because I said I do.

I am so excited to be on Allison’s blog today and we all hope that her move is going smoothly as we all can attest to the fact that moving can get crazy!

So I have a quick tutorial for you on how to make paper with an old fashioned look.
I aged and painted a hutch I had and needed some decor for the inside. So this what I did to add
a little summon, summon to the hutch.

Here are the steps that I took- again really simple but they worked for me. What you’ll Need:

  • Old book for the paper
  • Coffee or tea ( I used instant coffee and it was a lot simpler for me)
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Oven

How to Age the Paper:

1. If you want to print or write anything on your paper you need to do it BEFORE you do this process.

2. Preheat the oven to 200

3. Make coffee and pour just enough of it onto a cookie sheet. (It doesn’t have to be very much because the paper won’t soak up very much of it)

4. Tear out paper and place in on Cookie sheet with all the coffee (I used an old cookie sheet)

5. Let it soak make sure the entire sheet is cover, along with the front and back.

6. Transfer paper onto another dry cookie sheet.

7. Place cookie sheet with the paper into the oven for about 6 minutes or until the paper is dry.

8. Very gently, loosen the paper from the cookie sheet- it will be hot so be careful!

Additional Tips:

  • To give the paper a more aged look pour some of the coffee bits onto the paper and let it sit for awhile before rubbing it off. Or you can rub it around the edges giving it more of a burnt look.

  • You can rub your finger around the edges of the paper to wear them out. You can also wear a hole in the middle by rubbing the paper with your fingers.

  • You can experiment with the colors- coffee will make the paper darker while the tea will give it a lighter look.

Hope you enjoyed it, come visit me anytime at Just Because
Thanks again Allison!

Thanks so much for guest posting for me Shelby!
I appreciate the help! 🙂

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  • Jaderbomb
    May 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This is so so so cute!!! Totally my type of craft and I wil surely be doing it!!!

  • Kelly
    May 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    So cute! I will definitely be trying this.


  • Laura @ live.laugh.photograph
    May 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    this is great! i've been looking for a way to do this to some old books 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

  • ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~
    March 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    That is a great idea!! 🙂

  • PeregrineBlue
    April 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

    thank you so much for this tutorial. will give it a try.

  • Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Paper in the oven? What temperature did you have it at?

    • Ida Helfant
      December 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      200 degrees

  • Anonymous
    August 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    You don't have to stick with old books. This trick works on most any kind of paper, so you can generate your own 'book'/invitation/announcement/whatever, print it, and antique it. It doesn't work as well on magazine paper–too slick–as an FYI.

  • Anonymous
    January 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I've been wanting to do this again. I used to do a similar process as a kid. This time, I'm trying your way! Fingers crossed! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Riza Woods
    January 7, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I will be giving this a try.

  • Judyknits
    January 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you! Love the look of this…will probably play with it today!

  • Anonymous
    February 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Great idea, I have one question: What do you do with the transfer paper onto the other cookie sheet?


  • Jennifer Rogers
    March 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Great ideas!! Thanks

  • Bri09
    March 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Does it ruin the cookie sheet of come right off when it is done in the oven?

  • Jessica Tavares
    April 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Debbie James
    July 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I've done this before, but used tea and it was too light. Now I know to use coffee for a darker look.

  • Jacquetta Williamson
    October 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Great! I just recently did this with soy sauce cause I don't drink coffee and I didn't wanna waste my tea bags… It came out great only the smell. It's not awful but I could do without it. I will try code next time though. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • cathy nicolette
    December 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I pinned this several months ago and used it today. I was looking for a great and very cheap Christmas present for my parents. I printed one of their favorite hymns (Amazing Grace) and aged the paper-looks great by the way. I want to find a great antique looking frame at at thrift store. Thank you so much for this.

  • Wicca Dreamers Mary
    October 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    You can also mix a bit of the coffee grounds into the coffee before you pour it into the cookie sheet, this will cause bits of darkened areas for a great effect. Also, wad the paper first, the smashed & crinkled paper comes out with great lines.

  • Unknown
    October 28, 2015 at 2:05 am

    This was very helpful! Does the coffee have to be hot?