How to make parchment paper

Updated February 23, 2018

Back in medieval times people wrote on parchment paper. This paper is no longer used today, but you can create your own parchment paper at home. This project is very inexpensive and a lot of fun. You may want to create some parchment paper for a school project, to re-create an old poem, or to create a scroll of rules for your home. Whatever your reason you are sure to love the result.

Take your piece of typing paper and crumble it up in to a ball. Next, flatten out the paper and place it in the baking tray.

Pour cooled off coffee on the baking tray. Use a paintbrush if you need to and make sure the entire paper is covered in coffee. Use a watch and count out five minutes.

Remove your coffee-soaked typing paper and dry it with your hair dryer. Make sure you get both sides.

Use your markers to write messages or decrees on your parchment paper.

Roll your paper up and tie it with a string.


Rip the edges of the typing paper before you crumble it to make your paper look older. You can also use tea instead of coffee.


Don't hold your hair dryer too close to your paper or it could catch on fire.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee
  • Typing paper
  • Markers
  • Hair dryer
  • Baking tray
  • Watch
  • Paintbrush
  • String
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