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Tea Staining Ribbon

Here’s one way to tea stain your ribbon!  I’ve used tea bags too (black tea), but the instant tea is easy, fast & cost effective!

Start with a jar of instant tea and the white ribbon of your choice:

 

 

Ribbons used:  XV01, FN01, HA01 3/8 & 1 ½ , QH01 ¾, EA01 ½ DC01 ¾ HN01 1”, 379-15-01

You can see I got the store brand.  I think this jar was under $3.  I used a pyrex bowl- mainly because I knew I’d be using several yards of ribbon & wanted to have room.  I mixed in the powder to the water (maybe a little more than they called for- I was NOT being precise!  If you’ve read any of my other posts you may have noticed a pattern with that!)  This powder dissolves so quickly!

 

 

Now add your ribbon!

 

 

I pushed the ribbon into the tea a bit

 

 

I added many of the white ribbons that May Arts sells & let it sit overnight.

 

 

The next day I sprinkled some powder onto the ribbon to grungy it up a bit more

 

 

I took the ribbons our & put them in a pan to dry.

 

 

 Being the patient person that I am (ha!) I put them in the oven which was cooling off after baking.  I also sprinkled them a bit more with tea while they were still wet.

 

 

I rubbed the tea crystals just a bit- and here’s how they look

 

 

And here’s a gorgeous pile of tea stained ribbon- just waiting to be added to projects!

 

 

Here’s a peek at the before & after side by side:

 

 

Hope you’re excited about how easy this is & will give it a try!

 

Blog Post By: Jen Shears

  1. Rae Higgins

    Great tutorial! I definately will try this. Thanks!

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  2. Karen K

    Good idea and inexpensive too!

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  3. ~Tammy~

    Another awesome tip from a totally fab awesome gal who works magic with that May Arts ribbon!

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  4. sue w.

    I’ve tea stained ribbons myself because I can’t stand coffee in any shape or form. thanks for you tips on tea staining.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  5. Pam Loris

    Love the vintage looks this gives the ribbon! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Kimberly Jones

    Love this idea! The tea adds such a lovely vintage patina to the ribbon. Who knew it could be so easy and inexpensive? Great tutorial!

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  7. Charlene

    I usually use tea bags because that’s what I have on hand but have to give the instant tea a try for sure!

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  8. JP

    new to your site and I do sol iove your product, your ribbon is so pretty, and some great ideas
    Thanks
    JP

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  9. Donna Przybylowski

    Great tip, will have to give it a go, thanks!!!

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  10. Tanya

    I may have to get the cheapo and not use the Tazo! Great look!

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  11. ellen s

    i love it! i think it is a great idea to do it in bulk like that. i only do it one at a time and this is so much better…

    gorgeous. i can’t wait to see the on projects!

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  12. erin

    what cool texture– and sticking it in the oven, what a great idea.

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  13. Nancy Peterson

    Love how easy it is and how well it worked. Now i just need some of that fabulous May Art ribbon to dye! Especially love the pleated ribbon! So cool!

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  14. Hilarie Cortes

    Love this idea, going to give it a try!

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  15. Ronda A.

    Where were you 20 years ago?? This is brilliant!!

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  16. Cheryl

    Great idea… need to give that a try
    Thank you…. Happy Crafting….

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