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How to Make a New Teddy Bear Look Old

By Contributor ; Updated April 18, 2017

How to Make a New Teddy Bear Look Old. For some people, a new teddy bear is kind of like new, blindingly white sneakers - they positively need to be made to look lived-in and loved. Here's how to get the Velveteen Rabbit effect without ruining your new bear.

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Dab some tea on light fur to age it. Steep a cup and then use the tea bag.

Do the paw pads, too, if they're light enough.

Try coffee for a darker stain or on a darker bear. If you want it to look kid-loved, any food - especially berries - is fair game as a stain.

Wear thin patches by sanding lightly with the fine side of an emery board or with fine sandpaper.

Trim a little fur from the exposed edges of the ears with manicure scissors.

Fray the nose a tiny bit by picking at one or two strands - avoid cutting more than two or you'll start some serious unraveling. Or, just mess it up a bit with sandpaper.

Rub a little beeswax on anything that looks too shiny.

Replace a new, crisp ribbon with one that looks like it's seen too many teddy bear picnics.

Things You Will Need

  • Ribbons
  • Beeswax
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Teas And/or Coffee
  • Manicure Scissors
  • Nail Files
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • New Teddy Bears


Spend some time studying old bears to see how they wear. You'll notice that they don't wear or discolor evenly and that some spots - under the arms, for example, and inside the ears - hardly age at all.


Do a test piece first before you give your bear the all-over to make sure you like the look.

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