Thursday, February 19, 2009

coffee dying tags

Quickly, I was just going to let you know how I coffee dyed the tags that I sent on my giveaway packages. I made a ton of these last year for Christmas gifts. I had a tag factory going and I even got my mom to join in when she came to visit in December. It is so easy -

You'll need:
Spray Bottle
Instant Coffee
Rubber Gloves
Manila Shipping Tags

Just dissolve 2 Tbs. instant coffee into 1/2 cup hot water and pour into the spray bottle. In the sink, spray the tags and rub in on both sides. This gets messy, so wear the rubber gloves and keep it in the sink. Lay the wet tags on a lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 200 degrees with the oven door ajar. Flip them when they are dry on one side. I sometimes spray them again when they are in the oven to fill in the dry spots and to give them a distressed affect. When dry, lay them on an old towel. When they are completely dry, they will curl up a bit. I just cover them with an old rag and take an iron to them. The rag protects the iron from getting the coffee stain on them and also protects the paper tag from getting burned. Okay, that's all there is to it. I made bundles of these that I stamped with vintage Christmas images and gave to friends for Christmas last year. Great gifts.


dana said...

What a FUN idea!
do they smell like coffee when you're done? (though I don't drink it :)...I secretly LOVE the smell of it)

megan said...

thanks for the tutorial!!! I am so going to do this!

Autumn said...
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Autumn said...

hi there...I'm friends with your sister and had to add your blog to mine.....

Your ideas are, love, love them.


Tanya said...

That's my friend, Autumn, above. She's just getting into this whole blog thing, but is super talented and has great ideas. By the way, did you stamp your tags before or after staining them?