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Upcycled Tea Box for Mom with Video Tutorial

By: Cristin Frank

Make a unique and elegant tea box out of an old leather-bound book and an antique latch knob. Give to your Mom for a Mother's Day tea party. Cristin Frank of Eve of Reduction demonstrates how with the help of a video tutorial.

Upcycled Tea Box 


  • Canvas or Leather bound book
  • Knob
  • X‐Acto Knife
  • Drill
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Bolts to attach Knob
  • Nuts or Krazy Glue to Secure Bolts


  1. Glue page ends. Mix Elmer’s glue with a small amount of water and apply generously to the page
    edges with the book closed. Use a rubber spatula to apply.

    Glue Page Ends
  2. Attach your knob. I bought my antique knob at carpentry salvage store. Mark the holes using your hardware as the template. Drilling tip: put a scrap piece of wood underneath so that you get a clean hole all the way through your book cover.

    Attach Knob  Attach Knob 2
  3. Secure your bolts. I’m using tiny bolts that I Krazy glued in place, that way I didn’t need to cut a recess
    into the book pages for the nuts to rest. I also took a blank page from the book and Elmer’s glued it over the ugly bolt ends on the inside cover.

    Secure Bolts
  4. Measure and cut. Use a wrapped tea bag as a template for the holes you’re going to cut into the book pages. You want to leave a little extra space around the tea bag so they fit comfortably. Be prepared to go through a blade or two!

    Measure and Cut 1

    Measure and Cut 2

    Measure and Cut 3

    Happy Mother’s Day from The Eve of Reduction!

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Cool idea! Just came from an Altered Book class today. We wired the pages together at the corners to make them more stable at the cutting stage. You can also paint your glue on the inside of the tea holes and put your book under a weight (before putting on the knob) overnight. Makes the pages nice a tight. PVC glue is good to use (undiluted), too. I'm getting hooked on altered books!

Is this really practical to be stored in the kitchen ?

This is A GREAT Project!!!!!!!!!!!!


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