I decided to dye some paper tags.
I had a big pot of super strong instant coffee
on the stove.
I like to boil it.
It's not necessary, but I think it stains better if it's hot.
Get three different colors
(shades of brown)
of alcohol ink.
Put about 3-4 drops of each color
into a small plastic bag
with a zipper top.
Drop the paper tag
into the coffee mixture.
Approximately 2/3 cup of instant coffee
to 6-8 cups of water. Heat on stove.
My husband came in to the smell of what he referred to as burnt coffee.
I like to call it Cowboy Coffee.
He said, "I am not a cowboy."
Some people just don't understand
the importance of crafts.
Remove the tag from the coffee.
Drop it into the plastic bag with dye.
I use tongs for this.
Don't leave the tag in the coffee
too long. The paper will dissolve.
I thought about contacting
the tag manufacturer
WHY the tags don't hold up
to a good cowboy coffee boil?
I figured I'd get the same look
that I did from my husband.
So I didn't.
Smoosh the tag around in the dye.
Lay them out to dry.
Preferably, all over the kitchen counter.
Thus, further confounding your husband.
I actually poured a little vanilla on top
of the tags while they were still wet.
I thought it would make them
smell nice. It did!
Don't even ask me
what my husband thought.
See! They look old and decrepit now.
My husband said I should
put them in the garage and
just back the car over them.
Hey! That's an IDEA!
I'll be right back...
Decorate 'em up.
There you are.
they only took
a little over 12 hours to make.