Before I tell you about how I made this LOVE sign, can you guess what I used for the letters? What was your first thought when you saw this picture? I would “love” to know!
If you guessed “tea leaves” then you are right!! I had found some large leaf tea bags on sale. I had not had that kind of tea before, and when I used it, I was amazed how large the tea leaves became in the hot water. I was also fascinated by the soft, gauze-like fabric pyramid shaped bags. My tea has only ever been in a thin paper bag. I decided to hang some to dry. When the tea bags dried, the leaves did not shrink to their original size. They stayed big, and reminded me of potpourri. I kept drinking tea, and I kept hanging the tea bags out to dry. And eventually, an idea came to me.
Of course I still have lots of pickets left to use from my old fence. This piece is the bottom part. To the right is Dollar Tree contact paper.
I had used an ancient Cricut machine to cut out these letters. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them either, when I cut them. I was just practicing using the Cricut.
They sat around for days or weeks. Then I realized that they could be used as stencils.
I spread out Elmer’s glue and piled on as many tea leaves as I could.
I used a different kind of tea for each letter. I found all but one of them on Amazon just like mine, and will link to them for you. L is Mint. O is Berry Blush. V is Green tea with Mango and Ginger. E is Rooibos. (You can find rooibos tea on Amazon, just not exactly like mine.)
Since I did not want to take a chance that the glue would dry onto the contact paper, and then ruin my letters, I removed the contact paper from the picket board right away. I blew away the loose leaves that had not stuck to the glue. Then I waited overnight (or longer, I can’t remember) for the glue to dry.
I was very pleased that the tea leaves had stuck better than I had hoped!
I just love the O with the red colored fruit and flower leaves. I think it is my favorite, not only because of the color, but because of the texture. The 3D effect of this project is unique and fun.
Here is the V with Green tea and bits of mango and ginger.
The Rooibos E has a lovely orange color to it, with darker reddish accents. And the longish shape is gorgeous. It is a close second favorite.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I made this LOVE-ly tea leaf sign! Would you ever try something like this, like gluing tea leaves? I think a heart shape would be very pretty and easy to do without a stencil. Try drawing a heart with your glue, starting small until you get the shape drawn just right. Of course, you will need to drink a lot of tea first!
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