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Personalized Message Tea Bags

By: Tamara from Etcetorize

Send someone a little personalized greeting with their afternoon tea with this cute Personalized Message Tea Bags tutorial.  With a few simple materials, you can create these cute tea bags that would make great shower, wedding, or party favors.  This is also a great project for using up any leftover paper scraps that you may have lying around.

Personalized Tea Bags

Materials:

  • Pretty papers (one sheet of two sided patterned and one sheet of plain)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Tea (if you can find the tea that's already on a string that's best.  That way you don't have to add your own.)
  • Cutting machine or pen and scissors
  • Tea Bag Sentiments

 

Instructions:

  1. This project is so easy but does require a tiny bit of prep work.  First, you need to decide what you want your tea bags to say.  I used positive affirmations but you could send more personal messages, love notes, or anything else you want!  I shared mine with you to get you started (click on Tea Bag Sentiments above).  Have fun, play with fonts, colors, and sizes.  I use my Silhouette machine to write them all out into cute little frames and then cut them out, but you can still do it old school and just use simple shapes.  Here's what they looked like all cut out:

    Personalized Tea Bags
     
  2. Cut out small squares of pretty scrapbooking paper to use as your background.  It's best if you use two sided paper.  Your squares need to be just a bit bigger than the ones you made above, see pic #2 below.

    Personalized Tea Bags
     
  3. Take your teabags out of the box and unwind all of the tags.  I had to trim mine just a bit.

    Personalized Tea Bags
     
  4. Apply some Mod Podge (or other adhesive) to the back of one of your text pieces, and place the tea bag tag on top.

    Personalized Tea Bags
     
  5. Add just a bit more glue onto the tag you just added and place the whole thing onto one of your background papers.

    Personalized Tea Bags

    Personalized Tea Bags
     
  6. Now just repeat until you've tagged all of your tea!

    Personalized Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

NOTES: To make this free craft pattern, we recommend the following materials. They are available for a discount at CutRateCrafts.com.

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I bought tea in individual packets and put the messages on the outside of them. That way the tea bags would say fresh and did not look "handled". I thank you very much for the basic idea.

What a cute idea!! :)

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