Miss Spider's Cinnamon Milk with Tea
Miss Spider's Tea Party

Tea-Stained Paper

The recipe was inspired David Kirk's Miss Spider's Tea Party. To learn more about the book and see all of Off the Shelf's Miss Spider activities, click here.


With this week's craft, use tea bags to make plain cardstock look like aged parchment, perfect for a new coloring experience, or making tea party invitations!

Tea Stained Paper
Tea Stained Aged Paper

Tea-Stained Paper


  • Cardstock (any paper will work but cardstock works especially well)
  • 3 black tea bags
  • Water
  • Hanger and clothespins for hanging paper to dry
  • Shallow pan such as a jellyroll pan (optional, but helpful to contain drips and mess)


  1. Boil the water. The hotter the water, the deeper and darker the color will be on the paper. Pour the water over the black tea bags and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags from the water and allow to cool until they are comfortable to handle.
  3. If desired, place cardstock in the jelly roll pan to contain any drips. Invite your young reader to smoosh and blot the tea bags all over the paper. The tea bag can be dipped back into the brewed tea if it dries out.
  4. When the paper is stained to the desired level, use the clothespins to clip it to a hanger then hang to dry the jelly roll pan.
  5. If your reader would like a darker paper, repeat the process.

Tea Stained Aged Paper


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