Thursday, February 9, 2012

diy : heart shaped tea bags

sometimes the simplest things are the most thoughtful & memorable. 
if you are looking to do something sweet & simple for valentine's, surprise your loved one by brewing a cup of tea filled with love or gift your friends & family with a bag filled with these individual heart shaped tea bags.

materials
string, needle, scissors, construction paper (to create heart stencil & tea tags), tea bags, tea leaves, tablespoon, coffee bag (optional - good way to preserve tea) 

heart tea bag
1.cut construction paper in the shape of a heart so that it's big enough to fit a teaspoon of tea leaves. 
2. put the heart over the tea bag & sew around it. make sure each stitch is close together so there is no room for the tea leaves to fall out. 
3. leave about an inch opening to fill the heart with 1 tablespoon of tea leaves
4. make a funnel with a piece of paper and insert it into the opening.
5. scoop a tablespoon of your favorite tea. i chose lucipia's champagne rose 
(seemed perfect for the occasion)
6. fill the heart through the funnel with the tea leaves 
7. evenly distribute the tea leaves inside the heart
8. take the funnel out & make sure all the tea leaves are inside the heart
9. complete stitching the heart 
10. after the heart is completely stitched, tie a knot and cut the remainder of the string

tea tag
1. cut out a tea tag in any shape you like. for valentine's, i made a heart shape, but you can get creative if you like :)   
2. take a needle with thread (8 inches if single strand; 16 inches if double strand) & put it through the tea tag. 
3. grab the heart sewn tea bag and put the needle through the crevice of the heart
4. pull the string through the tea bag to the desired length
5. tie a double knot and cut the remaining string 
last but not least cut around the heart 
(make sure to not cut too close to the stitch)
there you have it! 
a heart shaped tea bag <3
p.s. this was my first diy!!!
how did i do?

48 comments:

  1. Cute DIY Jin! Love the heart shaped paper cutout attached to the string! Were you making these for a special someone? :o)

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  2. "sometimes the simplest things are the most thoughtful & memorable" I SURE DO KNOW!! hehe I LOVE YOUR tea bag. It tastes so yummy and pretty too <3

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  3. Awe, this is really cute. I did a heart DIY today too

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  4. This is so thoughtful and sweet! what a cute DIY idea!

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    1. ty jeanne! you should surprise your hubby with this ;)

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  5. Wow - what a great idea!!!

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  6. thanks everyone! would love to know if you end up doing the d.i.y :)

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  7. You did great! It's perfect for Valentine's Day :)

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    1. awww...thanks wendy! hope your having a wonderful wknd!

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  8. This is so gorgeous Jin! I LOVE it hehe :) x

    Morgan xx
    Muso & Fahsion designer blogging at MojoMade

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  9. This is such a wonderful and sweet project! Thanks so much for the tutorial ♥

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    1. thanks clémence! it was my first diy...
      many more to come :)

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  10. WOW I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it looks sooooo pretty!!! and lupicia tea inside? yum yummm! :D

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    1. you should try it! lucipia within a heart tastes so much better ;)

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  11. Hi Jin! Just stopping by from InspirationCOOPERATIVE .....

    Your DIY is adorable! I love the idea of a custom-made teabag - you could have such fun making them in all kinds of shapes/motifs depending on the occasion.

    Thank you for sharing it! :)

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  12. you did a great job for your first try! you should sell these on ebay!

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  13. Wonderful!! I made one, too! Thanks for the instruction. You can see it here.

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  14. What an awesome idea, Jin, thanks for sharing! I'll be making that for my sweetie for Valentine's day, too.

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    1. thanks monika, i'm sure your sweetie would love this as a valentine's gift!

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  15. I just tried to make one, but the tea keeps falling out through the holes made by needle. I used an already filled teabag though, so using loose leaf tea is probably a better idea. The whole leaves are bigger and would not fall out. Your is much nicer than mine, by the way!!! :)

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    1. if the tea particles are really small, there can be a chance for them to fall out. well, thanks for trying out the DIY! try using loose leaves next time. xo

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  16. Hey, silly question but what type of paper did you use for the actual tea bag please?? Thanks xx

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    1. hi traci...i used tea filter bags. if you go toward the top of the page under 'material' i provided a link to the tea filter bags. hope this helps! xo

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  17. Hey, what type of paper was it you used for the actual tea bag please? Thanks :) xx

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  18. Great idea!! Your blog is beautiful!! kisses from Argentina! I'm Lau and my blog bulubu.blogspot.com.ar Bye!!!

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  19. What a cute gift this would be!! Thanks for the idea :)

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  21. you can use coffee filters for the tea bag paper, just press flat with an iron

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  22. Hi. what string did you use.

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  23. Little Rosy RunaboutNovember 10, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Love it! I'm totally doing this! Thank you!

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  24. Hi Jin! What kind of thread and needle did you use. I want to make sure it's strong enough. Thanks! Amy

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  25. Thank youfor thisnicetip:) Wanna try out this one <3

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  26. Could always make your last stitch the tail of the tea bag all about placement ;) takes a step out even easier

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  27. With Christmas just over I want to make this next year! Will make a tree and use a star as the tea tag. I just love this!!

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  28. I will to them next Christmas! They are so nice!

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  29. Super sweet! Pinning and sharing:) Love your blog!

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  30. I love this! I have to add this as a great Valentine idea on my blog. I will link it back to you. amarmielife.com

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  31. ! tried this but couldn't find the tea bags like that, so i tried it with coffee filters, and it worked great!

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  32. Thank you for this lovely idea, I am going to do this project tomorrow. Maybe a year late for Valentine but at least I´ll have my teabags ready for next year. Greetings from Claudia

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  33. Anonymous July 15 2014 at 4pm
    thank you so much brilliant idea will use it great afternoon tea tip not just for valentine everyday is special

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