Y’all know I have a love for antique books and I use them all the time in decor. There’s just something about those worn and well-read pages that I love. I wanted to be able to recreate old, stained book pages that I could use for crafts and displays. I didn’t want to destroy a perfectly good antique book by ripping out it’s pages. I wanted to be able to figure out a way to make a newer book and it’s pages look rugged and antiqued. So I decided to stain them with tea. That’s how I came up with my idea on how to stain book pages.
It is such a simple and easy DIY project and it literally just took me a few hours to do. The longest part was just letting it sit in the tea and letting it dry afterwards.
If you’re interested in how to distress a newer book and make it look older, then keep on reading to find out just how I did it!
- Book Pages
- 8 Bags of Tea
- Shallow Baking Dish
- Aluminum Foil
Make The Tea
So the first step is pretty obvious. You gotta make the tea for the pages to soak in! I started by bringing three cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, I added eight tea bags and let it simmer for about four minutes. You can also add even more tea bags if you want your stain to be darker.
Any kind of tea bag should work just fine for this project. I didn’t have any bags of unscented tea, so I just used some peppermint tea and I actually liked doing that better because it made my whole house smell great while the pages soaked!
Once the tea has simmered for four minutes, let it cool completely. 30-45 minutes should be plenty of time.
Get The Book Pages Ready
While the tea is cooling is the perfect time to gather up all your book pages. I just used an old book I had laying around that I never read anymore. Like seriously, an old book from middle school that I did not have any desire to keep anymore.
So I started ripping out pages from it and I wanted to use pages that were full of text so I avoided the pages that were the start of a new chapter or the intro pages.
If you don’t have an old book that you can rip apart, then I recommend checking put your local Goodwill and getting a cheap book to use for this project. You can use as many or as little pages as you want to! It depends on what craft you are using the pages for.
Let The Pages Soak
Now once the tea is cooled, pour it into a shallow baking dish. I used a 9×13 casserole dish and it worked just fine.
Then, I placed the book pages, one by one, into the dish. I made sure each page was completely soaked before I added another page. I let it soak for probably around four hours total.
The longer you let it soak, the darker the stain will be.
Let The Pages Dry
After I let the pages soak for awhile, I laid out aluminum foil all over my countertops and placed the pages on there to dry completely.
As I was taking them out, I noticed they were’t as “antiqued” as I would like for them to be. So I decided to sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on them and rubbed it all over the pages as I set them out to dry.
You could also cut open the tea bags and use the leftover spices to rub around on the pages as well!
You don’t have to do this step either. It’s completely up to you with how distressed and antiqued you want your pages to look like!
So I hope this easy DIY on staining book pages was useful for you as it was for me too! Stay tuned, later this week I am going to show you just what I am using these old antiqued pages for!
Here’s a hint- it is for my Valentine’s Day decor and I can’t wait to share it with you guys! If you try this method of staining book pages out, let me know!
I’d love to see what you’re using your stained book pages for! Also if you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day decor ideas, check out my Vintage Valentine’s Day Tablescape! Thanks so much for stopping by friends!