Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DIY: Flower Tea Bags

Flower Tea Bags painted with tea!







Flower Topped Tea Bags make a perfect gift. We started experimenting with tea for Mother's Day and loved the results. Can you believe this color is actually tea? Make them for yourselves or as gifts!

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To make these, I used a tea called Lov's Red Berries Tea ---- both to fill the bags and to use as "paint".  After enjoying a cup of tea on Spring day, (which I confess, I've been enjoying all Spring, both warm or cold. It's decaffeinated so I can have it day and night) I started experimenting with a tea bag and easily made these flowers. On their own, these tea bags are beautiful in a cup or wrapped in a tin. Don't you just love personalized gifts? Have you ever experimented with tea before? I think this simple touch adds such an extra special something. I hope you do, too. Continue below for an easy tutorial.

Supplies:
1. Red Berry Tea brewed--- I used approximately 1/4 cup strong brewed
2. Red Berry Tea loose --- use it to fill the flower tea bags
Disposable Paper Tea Bags (like these)
Kitchen String
Leaf Shaped Gift Tags (I used green tea painted tea bags that I cut into leaf shapes)
Hole Punch
Scissors


HOW TO:
1 Gather Supplies.
2. Fold Disposible Paper Tea Bag in an accordian fold.
3 Round the open end of the tea bag.
4. Dip the tea bag into tea.
5. Dip only the end.
6. Unfold the tea bag and let dry. Continue with steps 2 - 6 until you have the desired amount of tea bags.

While the flower tea bags are drying, punch a hole in the corner of the leaf gift tags, draw a string through this hole to make a gift tag. Once the flower tea bags are dry, gather 1. flower tea bags 2. Tea 3. Leaf Gift Cards and 4. Tea Tin to complete this present. Continue below for the final steps.

7 - 10. Once the flower tea bags are dry, fill each individual tea bag with a single serving of tea. Set aside and continue to fill the desired number of tea bags.
11. Sign Leaf Card
12. Twist the top of the tea bag, at the base of the flower petals.
13. Sign and tie the Leaf Gift Card to the Flower Tea Bag.
14 - 15. Your Tea Bags are ready to be enjoyed. Fill a tin with these and wrap for Gift Giving!


Something you might:
(tea example, as seen above)
Alphabet Containers
An Apple Sachet for Teacher
Mint Tea

17 comments:

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    1. Thank you! It's great to see you here!

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  2. they are beautiful! what a lovely idea!

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    1. Thank you for taking the chance to comment. Happy Day!

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  3. This is so beautiful, Gina!! Can't believe you got the pink color just from a dip to the tea. I'm a heavy tea drinker and I will definitely buy these flower tea bags if I ever see them in a store!

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    1. Thank you so much! They are just the rectangular disposable tea bags -- fold, round, dip and tie and you're done! I hope you have the chance. I agree with you on the color. I couldn't believe the color either but I'm tried it with two similar teas that are dried "red" fruits. I hope you have the chance to try, too!

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  4. This is about the loveliest craft I've ever seen. Thank you for sharing your idea and for doing it so well!

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    1. You simply make my day! Thank you so much. I hope you will find a way to add these to your everyday, too.

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  5. If I dye the tea bags with the Red Berry Tea but fill them with English Breakfast, do you think the tea will have some of the Red Berry Tea taste when brewed? My family drinks mostly English Breakfast so it would be nice to make these tea bags as gifts, but I'm not sure they'd like it if the tea tasted different. Fantastic tutorial!

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    1. This is such a good question! My first instinct was to say that it should be no problem because it just takes one quick dip and the tea bags are vibrantly colored; however, I should give it a trial run. I'll do so and get back to you on this. Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to comment.

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    2. Thank you! Can't wait to hear back from you :)

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  6. They are gorgeous, Gina! Absolutely gorgeous. Puts lots of ideas in my head ;)Thank you for this lovely post and have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you Pysselbolaget! I can't wait to see where this spring board sends you. I'm so very happy to meet you here! You, too -- wishes for a very, lovely, weekend.

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  7. That's awesome! I can't wait to try!

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  8. I love this idea. This is so cute. And it seems simple to make too. Maybe I should try making this one. But I hope it would come out as lovely as yours.
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    1. Getting these from concept to actual tea bag was a snap! I hope you, too, do have the chance to try these and I'd love to see how they work for you! Thank you so much for finding me!

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