White is still king when it comes to wedding colours but sometimes pristine white accessories are too harsh or the event has a more primitive, romantic flavour. Small white shipping labels are easy to find and can be stained with minimal effort and no cost. Follow these instructions to make your own antique favour tags using tea or coffee.
Plain white tags (Available from Weddingfavours.ca)
Make strong coffee or tea in a shallow bowl. I used instant coffee crystals with boiling water. You will need several teabags to make strong tea.
Drop the tags into the coffee and let them soak for a few seconds. I would recommend experimenting with a few tags and letting them dry so that you can see the results before going ahead with the whole batch. NOTE: Coffee staining will leave a stronger scent on the paper than tea.
Let the tags dry flat. The more pooling you leave on the surface, the more varied and interesting the resulting staining will be.
The resulting tags will range from a warm soft even allover beige to dramatic varied brown watermark patterns. See the well-behaved middle tag in the bottom picture and the nice rough pirate-y ones above and below it. This is not the technique for you if you want the tags to be perfect and identical. This lack of uniformity will add charm and interest to your tags.
Purchase White Shipping Tags for your Favours at Weddingfavours.ca! Cost $5.25 for a 50 pack.