You may have seen my Instagram post where I shared a free printable tea tag from Arabah Joy. You can get access to these inspirational tea tag printables by signing up for her free emails. These printables are great for a special occasion– maybe a Ladies Luncheon, or a Mother Daughter Tea for Mother’s Day. My daughter loves having tea with her aunts, so an Aunt Niece Tea is a fun idea, or a Grandma Granddaughter Tea– so many ideas to try! Perhaps you enjoy tea with someone one a regular basis like I do, and want to share these tagged tea bags for a special treat.
Ready for morning tea
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I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these tags when I printed them out– but I’m very pleased with what I came up with. I would suggest that you print your tags a bit larger than I did– I think I printed mine at 100%, but if I were printing them again, I would set the page to 110 or 120%. I just used some lightweight card stock to print my tags. You could also laminate your tags if you have a laminator. Cut out the tags, laminate them, then punch the hole for the string.
To add the tags to your tea bags, you can use the kind of tea bags that already have no tags (Celestial Seasonings tea bags have no tags). Just staple on the string (or sew it on), and tie the tag to the other end of the string. I used crochet thread. You can also use tea bags that already have a tag– just take off the current tag and then tie your tag on instead. I did it both ways.
When I was thinking what sort of envelope that I could put my tea bags into, I realized that I could quickly make my own envelope by using paper doilies from the Dollar Tree.
It’s a little difficult to show how I folded it in pictures, so I included a video at the end of this post.
This is the first step in folding the envelope wrapper.
Doesn’t it look so pretty with the tea tag showing?
Here are several that I made up. I decided to make these for a small gift to encourage someone who has just learned that they have cancer. I had not realized that Arabah Joy created a tea tradition to help her daughter through a very hard time. You can read about that HERE.
I tucked the tag into the washi tape, which was so easy to do after wrapping the washing tape all the way around. (To find washi tape similar to mine, just search “inspirational washi tape” on Amazon.) I wrote the name of the tea on the front. I used regular black decaffeinated tea, peach mango tea, chamomile tea, and Vermont maple ginger tea. If you had some blank circle stickers to attach to the back, you could write the name of the tea on the blank sticker.
My pink and yellow envelopes were from paper doilies in the shape of tulips for spring. So I cut off each side point of the tulip, and left only the middle point for the flap on the envelope.
I realized that my picture of my tea was in a coffee cup (I always drink my herbal tea in a coffee cup…. sorry!!) so I took a picture with a teacup– and I like it! Tea looks much prettier in a teacup!
I made this Lemon Throat Coat tea for someone who was sick. Throat Coat tastes like licorice. They have a plain one and a lemon flavored one, but I can’t taste the lemon in the lemon one. It is helpful when you have a sore throat. I drank a ton of tea this past winter, because of my voice issues and not feeling well. If I had had these pretty tags given to me, they would have brightened my day for sure! I greatly enjoyed mine even when I was not sick. : ) Thank you so much, Arabah Joy!
Here’s the video showing how I folded the paper doilies. You can hear my Amazing Grace wind chime in the background! It was a gift from a piano student.
Now if you would rather not make individual envelopes, you can fit about 5 tea bags into one letter size envelope. I made more tea tag gifts for friends who were going through hard times– another one fighting cancer, and one whose father passed away.
This is the way I made theirs. I fit these smaller envelopes into one larger envelope to mail.
What encouraging words these are, whether someone is going through an especially hard time, or not. We all need reminded of these words of comfort. Again, the place you can find these free printables are at Arabah Joy.