Create authentic old-fashioned looking labels for your home canned jams, jellies and gift in a jar recipes using this simple antiqued paper technique.
Make your own Antiqued Paper:
1 c. strong tea (choose different types of tea such as black pekoe, or green tea for different colors)
1 c. Strong Black Coffee
Crinkle your paper up into a tight ball and then carefully unravel until it's flat.
Place a cup of strong tea or coffee in a 9x13 pan.
Place your paper into the coffee (or tea) and allow to soak for a minute or so. Carefully remove the paper from the liquid. Generally, placing it on a cooling rack covered with an old towel works well. This prevents the paper from taking on the shape of the cooling rack and allows helps it dry quicker.
Carefully blot the excess liquid from the paper.
Once it dries,, cut out the label and apply it to a glass bottle or jar using modge podge. "Paint" the label onto the jar with the modge podge, then let it dry.
This particular bottle was created for one of our extensive Halloween displays.
This method also works well for creating personalized labels for home canned goods.