Make: Tea Time | With Printable Tea Tags |

Friday, October 26, 2012



What you need: Loose leaf tea or died mint leaves / coffee filters & sewing machine or sealable tea bags  / card stock or printer paper to print your tea tags / scissors or 1.5 inch hole punch / string / glue stick.

I used coffee filters and cut them to about 2x2.5 inches. Cut out two pieces and then sew them up leaving one end open.

If you are using your own dried leaves use a mortar and pestle to mulch. You can also just use a knife and your fingers to break them up too.

Place about 1 tablespoon inside the opening of your tea bag. 

Fold one end of a string into the top of your tea bag, fold it over and sew it up (see above photo). If you are using resealable tea bags just use a staple to attach your string after you seal it. To make your tea tags cut them out; there are two sides for each design, a back and a front. To attach the tea tags use a glue stick and place the other end of the string on the back side of one of the tea tags. Stick the two sides together, press firmly so they stick together. 


I had so much mint this year in my garden and I had no clue what to do with it all. I mean you can't use that much using a sprig here or there. In fact I ended up just cutting it back and not doing anything with a lot of it. Grr, why doesn't my basil ever grow like that?! But as fall approached I decided to dry some so I could use it for tea because honestly I had no idea what else to do with it (I am open to suggestions for future reference!). I thought about emptying some tea from bags that I had but that seemed really silly to disgard one thing in an effort to not waste another - so I decided to put my old coffee filters to use (I now have a kurig for my coffee, yes, I do love it! I say this because I was really judgmental of them at first.) And now I have successfully not let all of my mint or my coffee filters go to waste! I also think this would make a really cute little handmade christmas gift. Enjoy your weekend! xo

To down load the tea tags click here.

20 comments:

  1. That's an adorable tea bag! :D

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  2. Aaah, thank you for the tags, they are perfect for a cozy Fall afternoon :) PS: if you don't know how to use a lot of mint in the summer, may I suggest adding a little when cooking green peas (with basil and rosemary and maybe a little bit of oregano) :)

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  3. You are so clever! Are you kidding with this? It's so genius and I never ever ever would have thought about making my own tea bags. And I love tea! I have at least a cup a day, but I've only recently upgraded to loose tea in a little metal ball thing. I think I have to work up to something this advanced :)

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    1. yes, it is a little more labor intensive than the metal ball . . . that is why i figure maybe a good handmade gift because i am just not sure this is something i would be really motivated to make as a part of my tea routine.

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  4. So cute, I love this and I always have lots of mint in my garden--such a great and doable idea, thank you!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. thanks! mint doesn't mess around, it has taken over much of my herb garden!

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  5. Wow, what a great idea...these are absolutely amazing! I love the little tea tags...they're so cute!

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  6. I love the "Tea time" printable with the clock! So cute :)

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  7. My mom's mint is usually out of control in her yard - this is a great idea.

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    1. mint seems so delicate until you try to pull some up and realize it seems to have tree roots!

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  8. I love the the time this is great idea
    saludos from Chile

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  9. LOVE this idea! Great DIY project for loose leaf tea lovers. Would be pretty with brightly colored string too.

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  10. Super idea Christine!!!I love the tags!!!thank you for sharing!
    Enjoy your week!:)

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