The way old paper looks, feels and smells can evoke nostalgia for bygone eras, from Celtic parchment to Egyptian papyrus to the rice paper of ancient China. Making regular paper look old is an easy way to add a little extra fun to creative projects without the prohibitive cost of obtaining the real thing. While many different methods are available to simulate aging, the two mentioned here involve simple items found in almost any kitchen.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. The oven will be used at the end of the aging process to dry the paper.

Step 2

Use the instant coffee crystals to make a 6-ounce cup of hot coffee. Make the coffee up to four times as strong as you usually would, adding extra crystals as desired. Brew a 6-ounce cup of hot tea. The finished product will be lighter or darker depending on the strength of the tea and coffee.

Step 3

Pour either the coffee or the tea into the baking pan until it is about 1/4 inch deep in the pan. Paper is thin so you won't need much more than that. Reserve the remaining coffee and tea to refill the pan as necessary. Soak paper, one sheet at a time, in the coffee or tea-filled pan for at least 10 minutes.

Step 4

Carefully remove paper from pan. Lay the paper flat on the second baking pan, soaking up any pools of liquid with a paper towel.

Step 5

Bake in preheated oven at 150 degrees until dried. Repeat process with additional sheets of paper.