Easy Way To Coffee Dye Paper

by Janis
(Kiel, WI USA)

I love coffee dyed paper however, I'm not into dipping and drying in the oven. I tried spraying it on and wasn't happy with that either.

I got this idea to paint it on, I mix up instant coffee add some alcohol to it (found this on someone's blog) to keep it from getting moldy. Then I keep the coffee in an old squeeze ketchup bottle, put some in an old clean tuna can and use a 2" - 3" paint brush and start brushing away on paper that I've put on top of old craft packing paper.

I can do quite a few sheets at a time on my 8 ft table. when the first side is almost dry I flip and paint the other side, although if the paper is thin like copy paper you only need to do one side.

Thank you for letting me share my idea.

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Oct 31, 2017
alcohol ratio
by: Anonymous

How much alcohol do you add to say...a cup of coffee? Thanks ;)

Oct 30, 2017
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

I'm new to the use of the alcohol also!
I always end up with paper that's too saturated.
This is a great method!

Dec 11, 2016
Easy Way to Coffee Dyed Paper
by: Sabina Pamfili

What a great idea and I am glad that you shared it because I did not know about adding alcohol and have wasted a lot of coffee before.
Also the idea of brushing it on makes sense. I will try it out though so far I am ok with leaving it in the coffee pan.

Thank you for sharing this.

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