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DIY Valentine’s Tea Bags and Sugar Shape Hearts

I am a coffee girl through and through. I drink tea when I am sick or maybe I’ll sneak a Chai Tea with milk once in awhile mid – afternoon on a cold winter day. Green tea does not count. Green tea is one of those things that I know is good for me so I’ll drink it but I’m still dreaming of a vanilla latte the whole time instead.

However, I know some of my friends are very loyal tea drinkers and this includes my husbands Grandma. For Christmas this past year I made her a tea gift set which included a box of handmade tea bags and wrappers. I also never seem to learn that when we go there for Christmas morning to bring a giant tumbler of coffee with me, as due to this tea addiction there is no coffee in her house.

Unless you count instant. Which really now…that’s not coffee.

So this Valentine’s Day for my daughter’s teacher, I thought given the random assumption that she’s probably gathered a lot of mugs over the years, that I would make her a tea set.

A funny thing happened as I went to do this project, I initially wanted to do hearts as the tea bags tags. And as I went to punch out the tags, my punch broke. And we had a blizzard going on outside while this was happening. So my rational husband said “No Alex, it’s not a good idea for you to go drive to Michael’s to get a new paper punch in the middle of a snowstorm”. Except that’s the tactful version of what he actually said to my complete mid irrational ranting self standing there trying to fight with the paper punch.

Onto plan B. Felt.

I figured hey you know what? I am being irrational, so let’s make a completely extra frivolous but beautiful and thoughtful gift. Because I know when you see this you will think “But aren’t the tea bags just going in the garbage after?”  Maybe. Or maybe your gift recipient can just cut off the rosettes and keep them as a keepsake.

Or maybe, just maybe, for 10 minutes out the hard working day, they drink your tea like they are a Queen. Or King.

And God knows teachers deserve all the pampering they can get. I volunteer at the school. There’s a reason I give them a bottle of wine at the end of the year (that’s from me, my kids make them cards).


What you’ll need:

– red and green felt
– scissors
– twine
– yarn needle
– glue gun
– round tea bags (Tetley makes them)
– favor tins
– sugar, water and a bowl

I started off by making a simple rosette. You take a piece of felt, cut out a circle (this was about the size of a frozen juice can lid) and cut out a spiral. You should leave a round shape in the center. That will be your base for your rosette.

Rosette - Step 1

Take the outer end of the spiral and begin to roll it in.

Rosette - Step 2

Once rolled, use a glue gun to dab a touch of glue to the round center to hold the roll.

Rosette - Step 3

Rosette - Step 4

I then cut out some felt leaves and glued them to the base.

I got some bakers twine from Regency that is a touch thinner than the average bakers twine but is excellent for crafting and threaded it through my rosettes and tea bags.

Rosette - Step 5

In the meantime we made some sugar heart shapes to go along with the tea set.

DIY sugar hearts

This is the easiest food craft ever.

For every 1/2 cup of sugar, you add 1 tsp of water in a bowl and mix well into a wet sand textured paste. Then just pat the mixture into an ice cube tray or candy mold.

Let dry (I put mine in the freezer to speed it up) and popped them out. Afterwards I let them dry for another full day to really harden.

Heart Sugar Shapes

I had a bunch of the great favor tins leftover from my Consumer Crafts post and decided it would be a great way to wrap the tea bags and sugar hearts in.

So I made an extra rosette as a tin topper.

DIY Rosette Tea Bags -

DIY Tea Bags -

Felt Rosettes on Tea Bags - northstory

Valentine's Tea Set DIY -

One tin contains the tea, the other the hearts. My daughter also made her teacher a Valentine’s Card to match and that I’ll be sharing in a tutorial next week. Though I think this would make a great tea set for Mother’s Day as well.

You know for someone who’s a coffee girl, this makes me want some Earl Grey.

DIY Felt Rosette Tea Bags for Valentine's Day -

Get even more inspiration from my fellow Canadian bloggers. They’ve each created a little bit of loveliness for Valentine’s day.

From left to right, they are:

Cream Cheese and Mint Heart-shaped Lollipops by Craftberry Bush

Easy Valentine’s Love Garland by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Romantic Lace Candle Holders by The DIY Dreamer

Valentine’s Day Treat Bags with Iron-on Transfer Printables by Satori Design For Living

DIY Valentine Goodie Bags by The Sweet Escape

Chalkboard Instagram Photo Canvas by Fynes Designs

Easy DIY Heart-studded Leather Cuff by Suburble

I Like You A “Hole” Lot Doughnut Hole Valentine by Clean and Scentsible 

Valentine’s Treat Tubes by Echoes of Laughter 

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  • Reply
    February 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Absolutely fabulous! I’ll be right over for tea time with you!!! xoxo

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    February 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh how sweet!! How inventive!!
    What a great gift to give or recieve!

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    Virginia Fynes
    February 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Oh so sweet! I would love to receive this gift, the heart shaped sugar is an insanely great idea to go along with these cute tea bags, love it!

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    [email protected]
    February 1, 2014 at 10:21 am

    What a sweet & pretty idea! These would be perfect to give to the kids teachers or grandparents! And how great are those heart sugar cubes?!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    February 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I adore this. AND I am in total AWE of your MANY uses for ice cube trays!

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      Alex @ northstory
      February 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      I’m quite surprised I haven’t done a cocktail post. The ice cube shapes alone would be better than the drink.

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    [email protected] Somerset Lane
    February 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

    What a great idea! I love the sugar cubes.

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    February 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I love this set, Alex! The sugar-cubes are sooo sweet, and I love the rosette detail. As a tea-lover, this would be a perfect gift for me!

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    February 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Being a former teacher, I think she’s going to love the tea set rather than the mug! Those sugar hearts- A-dor-a-ble!

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      Alex @ northstory
      February 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      I’m very glad to hear you say that! Each year I take this random social media poll of what a good teacher gift is and half the time you hear LCBO gift card and then the other half say Starbucks. I figure even if she’s not a tea drinker, the gesture of it will tell her how much we appreciate all her work.

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    February 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    That’s so sweet! Love cute and useful gift ideas!

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    February 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    These are soooo dreamy ! I was going to do a tea bag gift too, but I’m glad I didn’t cause these just blew mine out of the water…haha….beautiful! Thank you for sharing…xo

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    February 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Absolutely fabulous…I love it!

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    [email protected] of Laughter
    February 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is an impossibly beautiful project Alex! You are so creative! I know my friends would love this gift. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with your family! Angie xo

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    Melissa / The Sweet Escape
    February 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    These are adorable!!! You and your felt 😉 This would be cute even with simple little red felt hearts too. Love it.

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    Lynne Knowlton
    February 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

    awwwwwh adorbs !!!!

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    Karen Lewis
    February 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I LOVE THESE! And I learned how easy it is to make sugar cubes. Now I won’t pass the discount table where I see the seasonal forms all the time and wish I could think of something to do with them.
    I would also like a peek at what the originals looked like before your punch broke.
    Isn’t is just amazing how our brains kick in to overdrive when we are forced to think “out of the box.”

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      February 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      I alas never got around to making one of them before the punch broke. I sat down with my card stock and couldn’t even press one out. That’s when I took a screwdriver to it and all hell broke loose.

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    February 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    lordy those are adorable! i might just skip my morning espresso and have a tea instead if i had those!

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    February 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

    this is the cutest damn thing ever

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    Amy ~ Love On Sunday
    February 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Love it! I’m a tea drinker and so are a lot of my friends so these would make perfect little presents.

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    February 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    These are so lovely! Back to my own tea…cause I’m sick…

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    Bobbie Byrd
    February 3, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    These are adorable!

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    Sarah @ ConsumerCrafts
    February 4, 2014 at 11:10 am

    These are so fabulous, Alex!! Thanks so much for the shout out, too!

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    Georgie Harrow (@ForSmarterMums)
    February 5, 2014 at 7:31 am

    What an amazing idea, they are absolutely fab!! Have to admit I’m an avid coffee drinker, but enjoy a tea every now and again 🙂 Will definitely try making these as a pressie – thanks for sharing!

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    Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    February 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    This is such an incredibly sweet gesture! This teacher is going to feel so special and loved! Great work, once again!

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    February 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Found you from Stumble Upon. I just love this idea!

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    Vintage tea cups
    February 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I just love this idea; very cute and quite useful too not just for valentine’s day but for other holidays too.

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    Inspire Me Heather
    February 7, 2014 at 7:38 am

    So sweet and what a wonderful gift idea, thanks!

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    Josie McHale
    February 10, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Super cute! Seriously … what a fabulous idea and simple to make! I love the heart shape sugar cubes that goes along with the teabags. Genius!

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    February 17, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Ooh! This looks so perfect, especially the heart shaped sugar cubes! Out of curiosity, where did you get that mold?

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    March 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    this is just absolutely gorgeous! i was wondering how many oz those tin cans are and how many tea bags per tin they contain. THANKS SO MUCH!

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    lesley kim
    April 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    what an amazing idea!! i cant wait to try this! =)

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