Monday, September 14, 2009

Coffee Staining Adventures

I see wonderful pictures of vintage millinery that many of you bloggers manage to find, but I never seem to get lucky. So last week I found these sweet little flowers at the dollar store. They were a 6 pack for $1. They are way too white of course, so I thought I would try to age them. They are made of paper and a gauzy fabric.
Each of the flowers even had a pearl tipped pin included. I can use those on other projects! So, I placed some left over morning coffee in a bowl and plopped them in.
I left them submerged for about a minute. Then took them out and placed them on paper towels.
They came out great. They dried a little lighter than you see here, but they are perfect to use in my projects. The leaves can be cut off if needed. So for $2 I have a dozen vintage looking little roses. I need to see if I can find more! I will keep looking for some great vintage millinery, but until I do, these little coffee posies will have to do.

I hope you all have a good week.


Stephanie O. said...

What a great idea. I'm having to control the urge to run over to our dollar store right now to see if I can copy your idea...Thanks for sharing.

Stephenie said...

They look so pretty.. I love to coffee stain things.. It always gives such a pretty aged feel..

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

I tried coffee staining some pom pom trim the other day, but it didn't work. I think they had too much synthetic fibers in them.

The Feathered Nest said...

I love them now Tammy!!!! You gotta love how cool coffee makes stuff look! Hope you all are doing wonderful sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

natalea said...

I love staining things! I just did cheesecloth and there's just something fun about it. The flowers look great. I bet you are looking around at things you can stain with coffee now!
xo natalea

CINNIBONBON said... to try this too! I loved how they turned out... Nice idea

Angela said...

How perfect!! I never find vintage millinery either so I may have to try your idea, wonder what koolaid would look like on them? sherry and I want to invite ourselves over for a crafting day, call me if you want to do this.

SharDon Exclusives said...

Great idea!!! I like the stained colors so much. They don't look so fake with the tea/coffee stain. Thank you for the idea!

Gine said...

Came over your blog in one of my random bloggjumpings
Your blog is beautiful and the flowers came out great. think I have to visit my local $$ store
Happy anniversary =)