Monday, March 28, 2011

Vintage Library Cards

I love these vintage Library Cards.
They were found in the basement of the oldest library in our town.

The patina on them is from years of sitting in wooden boxes damp from the chilly basement
Their lines left blank instead of being filled with titles like:
Ethan Frome
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Romeo and Juliet

Actually I'm lying
I bought 500 of them for $12 from a school supply website
They look old though right?

I aged them using a very simple process
I will share the instructions in case you too would like to lie to your friends and family
telling them you own a piece of library history

Set oven to 200 degrees
Pour fresh brewed coffee into a large bowl
soak each card one at a time
place soaked cards onto cookie sheet
sprinkle with more coffee or vanilla extract
bake until dry and browned (about 2 min)
It's that simple!

My giveaway ends Wednesday
The lucky winner gets these along with the rest of the prize

 Have a Happy Monday!


Unknown said...

Random but entertaining! xD

Anonymous said...


So THAT'S how you age paper. My daughter had a project for english to write as if she was in a child in the midst of the holocaust. We tried coffee, but paper turned to pulp and other type of paper just stayed the same. I bought some manila folders and burned the edge of the paper. I'm sure the neighbors were infuriated when all the fire alarms went off at 10:30 pm on a Sunday night.

Jennifer said...

Thats me..... randomly entertaining.

Samantha Sotto said...

They're GORGEOUS. I've always wondered how to age paper. New project to add to the list :D

Muriel said...

I love it! Lol. That's something I will try!

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