Recently, I have taken an interest in making my own tea blends. I don’t vary the tea itself, but want to add different spices and flavors to the tea. I quickly realized that steeping spices in the tea wasn’t the way to go. I passed the resulting brew through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and still ended up with clumps of spice in my tea, no matter how many times I strained. When you’re making only one cup that’s not such a big deal, but when you’re making a huge gallon pitcher those bits clump together in a yucky mess at the bottom. This is why I set out on a quest to make my own tea bags.
- Coffee filters
- Loose tea
- Ribbon or string
- Craft paper
- Flatten coffee filter.
- Trim edges of coffee filter to make a rectangular shape. It does not need to be a perfect rectangle. Just trim less than half an inch or so off each side.
- Fold coffee filter in half.
- Fold one side over by 1/4 of an inch and secure with staples or stitch closed using needle and thread.
- Repeat on the next side.
- Open pocket you just created and fill with tea and/or spices. You can place enough for one cup of tea or a lot for a gallon pitcher size amount of tea.
- Fold the open side down and secure with staples or stitch closed.
- Staple ribbon to top of tea bag.
- Cut a piece of craft paper into desired shape and label with flavor of tea.
- Attach label to ribbon on tea bag.
I made a bunch of tea bags all at one time and then stored them with my other tea bags. The only downside I have found to using homemade DIY tea bags, is that you have to steep it a little bit longer so that the flavor can develop more.
However, I think homemade DIY tea bags would make an adorable gift, especially if you made some cute tea tags to go with it.
Have you ever made DIY tea bags? What’s your favorite flavor combination for tea?
Have a blessed day!
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