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DIY – Christmas Tea Bags

Like most bloggers it never ceases to surprise me what takes off on my blog versus what I actually want to take off. That is, usually projects that I have a personal investment in or am really proud of and am happy with, kind of disappear into the black hole of search engines and Pinterest. Yet projects that I don’t think twice about people respond to in the most shocking way.

Take the felt Valentine’s tea set I made. I am not a big tea drinker but made the set as a gift to for my daughter’s teacher. Well. Apparently you all liked it. Enough that it was shared almost 50,000 times on Stumble Upon.

Listen, it’s not that I am not grateful – I am. But really? Tea? Have you seen my wreath? Or perhaps this planter? It’s like this seasons pom pom ornament which has taken on a life of its own on social media. Every time I check a Pinterest referral to my blog, there it is. The ornament that never ends.

Well in what seems to be my new motto, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So here’s the Christmas tea set version. Same felt, different seasonal decor.

Start with this (and your glue gun).

Making a Christmas tea set - northstory

And you end up with this…

DIY Christmas Tea Gift - northstory

Christmas tea bags made with felt holly embellishments - northstory

Christmas tea - northstory


Felt Holly embellishments on tea bags - northstory

Yes I realize that felt is a very ostentatious thing to add to tea bags (seeing as you normally get rid of them) but who am I to judge. Because most people asked “Are they for sale?”

Is that a hint? Is it time to open a small store? Who needs sleep. I’ll just eat, breathe and make.

It’s not like I am up editing the posts in this 12 day self imposed Christmas challenge past midnight…(Pssst there is a good chance I am quitting by Day 9!!)

DIY - Christmas Tea Bags - northstory

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  • Reply
    December 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Tea bags? I must admit I nearly skipped this post, but for sucked in and thought I’d let you know that I love your wreath, and that’s what got me hooked on your glorious blog. Thanks 🙂 BTW I have attempted my first wreath this year. I’ve got a wreath form left though, and I’m wondering whether to glue some socks on it!

  • Reply
    December 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I love these Alex! What a great idea for a Christmas gift! I too love your projects…especially your planter and your ornament that never ends! 😉

  • Reply
    Sienna Moss
    December 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    So how did you get the tea into those little pouches? That is obviously the most important part I can’t believe you skipped that step… Now I have tea all over my counter thanks alex.. Ugh.

    • Reply
      December 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

      I wrote a long comment and my phone ate it! The tea bags I bought and they’re from Tetley (they sell them in the small round canisters in tons of different flavours). Or you could buy the tea bags already with the strings attached and then just glue the holly to the existing tags vs threading each tea bag. Sorry about the tea mess. If it helps I can share a photo of my basement where it looks like the toys had a frat party.

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