I want to share a super-quick-couldn't-be-easier-diy project with you today.
Go ahead over to your nearest office supply store and pick yourself up some Marking Tags or some Metal Rimmed Tags. Then the next time you fix yourself a cup of tea, make an extra cup and make it extra strong and share it with your new office supply tags.
Chit chat for a little while and then remove your tags. Voila! You've got yourself some old looking tags! I love using these for everything! Labeling my craft supplies and dressing up gifts are my two favorite uses but there are obviously many others.
This was the first time I used the Marking tags and while I love how them came out, they will degrade if you leave them soaking too long so beware of that. Here are the simple instructions for making some antiqued tags.
You will need:
Office supply tags, either metal rimmed or marking
A cooling rack set over a cookie sheet
Take about 10-12 tags and set them in the bottom of a mug (you can do your whole box at once but you will need a larger bowl and many more tea bags)
Place about 5-6 tea bags on top of them (the more you use the darker your tags will be, it's also nice to make them light by using less tea bags or try different types of tea!). You can steep your tea ahead of time and then soak your tags but placing the tea bags on top keeps the tags fully submerged.
Pour boiling hot water over your tags and bags and let them sit a while (the longer they sit the darker they will get but beware of letting the marking tags sit too long as they may start to fall apart)
Remove your tags and set them on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet to dry. The Marking tags will curl a bit but it's nice.