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Project

Mother's Day Tea Sachets and Gift Box

Created By: Johnny Miller, Raymond Hom, Ellie Miller

Introduction

Put a pretty, personalized spin on a gift of assorted teas. Make sachets to fill with a mix of favorite loose teas (or create custom blends from dried herbs and edible flowers, such as mint and hibiscus). Add tags, and place in a gift box.

Materials

  • Card stock, plain or patterned
  • Scissors 
  • Craft punches in different shapes
  • For the tea bags: Loose teas
  • Cheesecloth cut into 8-inch squares
  • Cotton string
  • Hole punch or screw punch
  • For the gift box: Craft glue
  • Gift box

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Choose loose teas, and create desired blends. Place 2 tablespoons toward top edge of a cheesecloth square.

  2. Step 2

    Roll up cheesecloth. Gather ends of bundle to create a pouch, and tie closed with cotton string. Repeat to create more tea bags.

  3. Step 3

    Make a tag for each flavor using craft punches and card stock. Punch a hole in the center of each tag. Thread tea-bag strings through each tag, and knot.

  4. Step 4

    Cut 2 rectangles from card stock to fit inside top and bottom of gift box. Snip corners to create flaps. Glue bottom rectangle inside box.

  5. Step 5

    Use craft punches and card stock to cut out more tags. Glue tags to top card-stock rectangle, and label. Glue to inside lid of box.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2009

Reviews (10)

  • 9 May, 2013

    I used the small muslim bags instead ...it works much better than the cheesecloth! And for the box I used contact paper with pretty flowers on it. The muslims bags you can get from craft stores ,natural food stores or even herb companies. And I didn't use a punch just old fashion scissors! I had my grandsons each draw a small flower ,color it with marker and used clear contact paper on both sides of the drawing then cut them out! Perfect Mother's Day gift from them!!!

  • 8 May, 2013

    Oh for Peet's Sake, click on the teal highlighted words in the pdf it will take you to Martha's craft items and there are 30 pages of them many at a real discount and you can have them mailed to you today. How convienent? As for tags, trace around a tea bag tag that you already have at home on card stock. Poke a needle [filtered word] and thread your thread through and tie. Your tea bag becomes microwaveable. NO METAL! Make the tea bag tags as large as you like and all hearts. Love for Mom's Day.

  • 8 May, 2013

    Check out Martha Stewarts craft items at your favorite Joann's or Michaels. She has quality products. Have you ever seen someone roll a cigarette? The tea bags are similar. lay a piece of paper on the table top, Pretend to put some tea in at the top edge. Roll the paper like a tub then fold the two sides opposite the pile of tea together. The paper will have all of the tea inside with extra keeping it from getting out. You can also use coffee filters. Square them up first.

  • 8 May, 2013

    Perfect boxes on kerrydicreates.stampinup.net in June catalog. The punches are also there. This is a great site and the tea bags are perfect for a thank you to your tea party hostess. I'm going to make some for a friend who just hosted a Tea Party Housewarming. It was lovely. Have one for yor friends and make them a gift of these tea bags. You can purchase commercial tags too.

  • 26 Nov, 2012

    How do you make the craft [filtered word] punches instead of buying them? I have no clue how to.

  • 8 Aug, 2011

    Could you give me any ideas where to buy the boxes (or do you have a template we could make the box itself). Looking to do as wedding favors for an English wedding. Fun!

  • 18 Dec, 2010

    To explain the "Roll up the cheese cloth" bit:
    It means roll the cheese cloth with the herbs inside, like rolling a cigarette, keeping the herbs in the center. Then you'd gather the two ends together and tie them. :)

  • 14 Dec, 2010

    For LogHomeMom....... click on "How to Make the Tea Sachets and Gift Box". Now do you see the photo? After you place the tea on the cheesecloth, roll it up and then fold it over and tie the two loose sides together. I hope this helps you. Using cheesecloth the person can just drop the bag into the boiling cup of water or pot if you make larger portions. I would say how much the bag makes in that case.

  • 9 Dec, 2010

    i do not understand the whole roll up ends, could someone explain please

  • 20 Nov, 2010

    I'd use different-coloured card stock and just one punch as a tweak of this great idea.