Did you ever want to use a certain book page for a craft project but you didn’t have the right book? You can easily create the book page you need and make it look aged for your project. I’ll show you how to age paper and make your own book page in just a couple of easy steps.
Knowing how to age paper comes in handy for any craft projects that you want old paper for. For my example, I’m aging a copy of a book page for an Edgar Allen Poe display.
Halloween is, of course, a time for tricks and treats and unfortunately all things spooky. I don’t really like scary but did come up with a craft idea that is spooky enough for me. I happen to think that the works of Edgar Allen Poe, especially his poem The Raven, fall into the Halloween category. Because of that, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the poem into a somewhat spooky, but not over the top scary, Halloween craft adorned with a couple of ravens.
I love crafts that incorporate old book pages anyway and thought that an old partial page from the long Raven poem would be a great accent. Of course, the only problem was that I didn’t have an old page of the poem. So, I made one! Which is why I’m going to show you how to age paper.
Edgar Allen Poe Halloween Craft
How To Age Paper
You can find almost anything you need right from the trusty internet. It didn’t take long for me to find a copy of the poem from an online book. First, I printed the poem off from the computer on plain white paper. The next step was to make that copy look aged and authentic. Since a lot of old book pages are a bit tattered, I tore a section of the poem, that I wanted to use, from the page. I could have cut the section I wanted but it would have looked to clean and less authentic.
Then, I made myself a hot cup of tea but I didn’t drink it. I placed my poem section into a rectangular Tupperware container where it could lay flat. I then took my tea bag and rubbed it all over the paper to give it a nice yellow aged look. Since there was quite a bit of excess liquid in the container, I carefully removed the paper and placed it on a flat surface to dry. To see more details on how to age paper, check out my post on book page crafts.
While my Edgar Allen Poe poem was drying, I worked on the other parts of the craft.
How To Display An Edgar Allen Poe Poem
Prepare A Frame And Matting
I began by taking the glass out of a picture frame that I wanted to use to make my display. Since I wanted a burlap base to work with, I simply cut a piece of burlap that was about 1/4 inch larger all the way around than my piece of glass. Then, I sprayed my glass with spray adhesive and adhered the burlap directly to the glass, overlapping the edges. I also sprayed a small amount of adhesive on the other side to secure the overlapped edge. Next, I placed the glass back in the frame.
Add Some Ravens
For a poem called, The Raven, I figured it would be fun to have ravens in my display. I bought a Fiskars die cut punch from Joann to make the ravens.
This was actually a crow but I say it passes just fine for a raven. I used aluminum from a Coke bottle to make my die cuts. First I cut the top and bottom of a Coke can with an exacto knife. I then cut the can in half lengthwise and pressed it flat. I made sure it was good and clean. When I inserted the aluminum into the punch it cut as smooth as butter – I loved it. Because it was so easy, I started whipping out birds like crazy. I will have to come up with another craft! Since I didn’t necessarily want silver birds, I used another fun new product to take care of the color.
Modify With Ink
Alcohol inks! These work wonderfully for coloring aluminum and it dries super fast. All you do is apply a few drops to the applicator stamp and then press the applicator onto your aluminum die cut several times. I used a couple different colors and I also used a black marker for accent.
Decoupage And Glue
Now I was ready to put everything together. To adhere the poem to the burlap, I used Mod Podge decoupage. First, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the poem and pressed the poem in place. Then, I applied another layer over the top to seal and secure it further.
Since I always have lots of birch twigs stashed away in my craft room,I used a couple to make a tree trunk and branches. I adhered these with tacky glue.
Again, I used tacky glue to place a couple of “ravens” into the tree. I was going to make a pumpkin to place under the tree but as I was looking through my stash I found a pumpkin shape in my potpourri bag! All I had to do was slice the back off of it so that it would lay flat and that was it.
I was glad I figured out how to age paper since it made the page blend in with the burlap so well. Although I used this technique for a Halloween craft, it would come in handy for any craft that you want to use old book pages.