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How to Make Paper Look Like Old Parchment

    • 1). Distress the paper. Since modern paper is crisper and stiffer than parchment, crumple it up to make it more supple and soft. Repeatedly uncrumple and re-crumple the paper until the creases are quite small and the paper is floppy overall.

    • 2). Tear off the paper's edges on all four sides. Evenly fold over the edges on all four sides of the paper (make the smallest fold you can), then moisten the crease lines. Tear along the moistened lines; this will create edges that are even but not razor-clean like modern paper.

    • 3). Soak the paper in coffee. Fill a mixing bowl with strong tea or coffee and pass the paper once through the liquid. Shake to remove any excess. Let the paper partially dry for a couple minutes, then pass it through the water again. Repeat as many times as necessary to get the color you want. If it takes too long, mix your coffee or tea stronger.

    • 4). Dry the paper. For a rougher, older look to the paper, let it dry flat. For a more upscale or historically recent appearance, dry the paper using an iron on a cool temperature setting.

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