How to make regular paper look old

It is quick and easy to make regular computer paper look old. 

Want to transform a map into an old pirate map or make a printable treasure hunt look truly piratey?

Let me show you how.

Step 1: Print your paper (we have lots of awesome treasure hunts for kids that would be perfect for this)! Sign up below to get our 5 Free Printable Treasure Hunt Clues to solve:



Step 2: Set oven temp to 200 degrees (or as low as your oven will go)

Step 3: Crumble paper and tear edges

Step 4: Lay flat on a baking sheet with edges 

Step 5: Pour warm coffee over the paper and let it sit for 3 minutes (too much longer and the coffee with fade the ink)

Step 6: Dump out the coffee from the baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel

Step 7: Put into the oven for 8 minutes (or until dry)!

Your paper will look and feel old when it is done.

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Voila! Old paper!

Looking for fun at-home activities to inspire curiosity in kids?

We love creating treasure hunts and escape room learning games for kids! Check out our Themed Mystery Game kit and our Learning Escape Game Kit


Or our Themed Printable Treasure Hunts: