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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!

  2. Karen K

    Good idea and inexpensive too!

  3. ~Tammy~

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

  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

  5. Pam Loris

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

  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!

  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!

  8. JP

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

  9. Donna Przybylowski

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

  10. Tanya

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

  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!

  12. erin

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

  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!

  14. Hilarie Cortes

    Love this idea, going to give it a try!

  15. Ronda A.

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

  16. Cheryl

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


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