I'm not sure when I learned how to make this easy textured paper, I think it was in a box making class in college. I was obsessed with it for a while and made stacks and used it quite a lot in various projects and then moved on and tucked this knowledge into the back corners in my brain for years. Lydia wanted to make a treasure map recently and we thought distressed textured paper would be prefect, and my brain remembered this easy technique. Go brain! This might be super common knowledge, but it just came back to me, so I'd thought I'd share.
This works great with text-weight everyday printer paper. I also love using brown paper bags from the grocery store. I had the girls crumple it up in a tight ball and then un-flatten it, about 5-8 times. It gets softer and softer and seems to shrink. Making a tight ball is important.
This is after the crumple-flattening about 5 times.
Iron it with a hot dry iron. They love to iron!
Done! This makes wonderful decorative paper for making cards and envelopes, and for covering boxes and wrapping gifts— if you use brown, it kind of looks like leather. For treasure maps we use grocery bags and rub in some dirt and and rip it up a bit and burn a little bit in the middle and on the edges, because who doesn't like to burn stuff!?