Have you ever wanted old, crusty bits of paper for carrying out crazy ideas? I have. And all my ideas are crazy.
I and my friends once mixed coffee powder with water and dipped paper into it. And the end product was… horrible. So, hoping you won’t get stuck in such a calamity, I’m going to tell you exactly how to transform printer paper into paper that is as old and crusty as I can make it.
It’s time to vintagify our printer paper.
- COLOURING: HOW TO GET THE PERFECT OLD, CRUSTY SHADE
To begin with, take a wide container that you can fit the paper into and fill it with water. Then add orange food colouring to it. I know, I know, that’ll kind of become water colouring. But keep in mind that paper isn’t food. So your water may become really, really dark, but when you dip your paper into it, it’ll turn into a light-brownish shade. That is, if you haven’t added too much or too little of… um… water colouring.
- ADDING THE STAINS THAT MAKE YOUR PRINTER PAPER …OLD
Make sure you do this before your paper dries. Get some coffee powder and sprinkle it all over your paper. Hey, and be generous with the powder. It adds to the age-old look of the paper. And also makes it smell delicious. Ha ha, just kidding! XD
Let your paper dry. It may stand up a bit, if you know what I mean. When you have a crisp and dry paper, remove all the coffee powder to reveal majestic stains!
- FINISHING OFF: MAKE YOUR PAPER LOOK LIKE IT HAS COME OUT OF A TIME MACHINE
Your paper has an old colour and old stains and is pretty much ready to go… not! Old paper is usually torn and crumpled, so you can go wacky crumpling your paper and tearing its edges. The end product? An old, crumpled, torn BEAUTY!
Now you know just what to do if you are in desperate need of old paper. What if you get abducted by aliens asking for a piece of your nation’s history? 😛
Hope you had fun!
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