I tried out this thing called coffee staining paper and I can’t stop.
I kept seeing all these beautiful journals with the tea and coffee stained paper and doilies and ribbon. And I said, I have to try this.
I went online and read about it. And then I searched youtube. And I found Lori (Just a Girl from the Bay). Her instructions on how to dye paper using your oven were spot on. So I tried it.
And now I can’t stop.
I need help.
The first time I tried it, I used coffee. In the video, Lori used instant coffee granules, but I was looking for a way to recycle the grounds from Keurig coffee containers. I saved up about a week’s worth (so around 7 or 8 containers), and then my husband brewed them through the machine for some seriously dark coffee…or so I thought.
The dye wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be. It certainly didn’t look as dark as all the cool journals that I admired.
The second time, I saved up around two weeks worth of coffee containers (around 14) and I put them in a coffee filter lined wire strainer. I set it in a disposable aluminum roasting pan and poured boiling water over it. I let it steep for about 30 minutes.
I also made another pan using the same system but I used a loose dark tea.
Both pans looked incredibly dark to me but for some reason, the tea stained darker. I don’t know if it’s a component of the tannins or what.
You can see that on regular paper, tea is darker. (Tea is on the left side)
On regular paper with a design on it, tea is darker. (Tea is on the left side)
Even on a medium weight catalog paper, tea is darker. (Tea is on the left.)
Also, the tea tended to stain more evenly while the coffee left interesting blotches and marks.
I really liked how both sets of colors turned out. But I definitely like the rustic look of tea stained paper more.
So check out Lori’s instructions and give it a try. My next post will be how I did it, with accompanying pictures.
Let me know how your adventure turns out!