Tea Bag Holder

by Beate Johns

Create a little tea bag holder out of cardstock.

Supplies

  • One 3 1/2" x 7 3/4" piece of cardstock

  • One 6 1/2" x 7" piece of patterned paper or printed vellum

  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool

  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive

  • Thin cord

  • 25" piece of ribbon (optional)

  • 1/16" hole punch, or paper piercing tools

  • 1 1/4" circle punch

  • Stamps

  • Additional cardstock and embellishments to decorate the front

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Place 3 1/2" x 7 3/4" piece of cardstock in your Scor-Pal™.

    Score at 3 1/2".

  2. Score at 4 1/4".

  3. Step 2

    Prefold both score lines.

  4. Step 3

    Line the 6 1/2" side of the patterned paper up with the top of the Scor-Pal™.

    Score at 1/2".

  5. Score at 3 1/2".

  6. Step 4

    Prefold your score lines. Apply Scor-Tape™ to the 1/2" section of the paper.

  7. Remove tape liner, fold paper over and burnish (rub) to set adhesive.

  8. Step 5

    Align the paper sleeve with the 1/2" score line.

    Score at 3 5/8".

  9. Turn paper 180 degrees, line other side up with 1/2" score line.

    Score again at 3 5/8".

  10. Step 6

    Prefold both score lines.

  11. Step 7

    Slide your paper partially into 1 1/4" circle punch. Center and punch.

    This will make it easier to take the tea bag out of the holder later.

  12. Line up the other end of the paper with the punched side.

    Line up circle punch again and punch again.

  13. Step 8

    Add Scor-Tape™ over the back of the patterned paper spine.

  14. Peel off tape liner, center patterned paper over cardstock and tape down.

  15. Step 9

    Tie ribbon around the cardstock base.

  16. Decorate the front of the holder.

    Hint:
    I taped my front down with dimensionals so that it is still possible to reposition the ribbon.

  17. Step 10

    Open the tea bag holder and punch two small holes in the spine through both the patterned paper and cardstock.

    You can use a 1/16" hole punch or your paper piercing tools for that.

  18. Step 11

    Thread some thin cord through the holes so both ends of the cord are on the outside of the holder.

  19. Tie the cord in a knot or bow on the outside of the spine.

  20. Step 12

    Add tea bags into your patterned paper sleeves.

  21. Fold tea bag holder und and tie ribbon again. Your tea bag holder is done.

    Variation:
    Instead of filling the sleeves with tea bags, try chocolate squares instead.

Video!

Variations

  1. Sleeveless Holder:
    Instead of having a paper sleeve holding your tea bag, add a diagonal pocket.
    -Start with a 3 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock. Score it at 3 1/2", 7" and 7 1/2".
    -Cut the right outer scored square from the bottom edge to the top of the left hand corner.
    -Add Scor-Tape™ to the bottom of the triangle and fold over.
    -Slide your tea bag or chocolate into the pocket the triangle created.

  2. Skip the ribbon
    Exchange the ribbon closure for a belly band.
    Take a 8 1/2" long strip of cardstock, fold around tea bag holder and adhere both ends together. Decorate.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tea Bag Holder. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is also my first tutorial. Looks like fun, I bought a Scor-Pal yesterday!
jennifer  |  Mon May 18, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Great tutorial Beate. I've done a few of your projects using the tutorials and they always turn out great. This is the first time I've responded to a tutorial. Where can I find Craft Room stamps? I would love to addd the Running Sick stamp set to my collection.
Colleen G  |  Mon May 18, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Hi Beate,

thanks so much for this fun tutorial. I'm a big fan of your work for a long time. Love your always very inspirational and clear tutorials!

Greetings from over the ocean;-)
Inge  |  Mon May 18, 2009 at 10:56 PM
Hi Colleen,

Check the first page of the comments and click on the highlighted Running sick in my comment there. It will take you directly to the
Our Craft Lounge website and you can order it there.

Gia,
The cord is there to reinforce the tape. Just an extra insurance that the paper sleeve doesn't come loose.

Jennifer,
You will love your Scor-Pal! Have fun playing with it when it arrives.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue May 19, 2009 at 3:03 AM
Hi I was wondering where I would be able to find a Scor-Pal to purchase.

Thank you,
Kathy Spencer  |  Tue May 19, 2009 at 7:08 AM
Hi Kathy,

You can buy it directly from the Scor-Pal website or other online stores.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue May 19, 2009 at 8:28 AM
Hi Beate,

I'm now confused about CS and DP dimensions. The original dimensions are still there and seem to be working in the pictures...

"You are so right. I apologize. I meant to write 3 1/2" x 11". Thanks for pointing that out for me. I fixed it in the instructions."
Nancy  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 4:49 PM
I love this; it is just gorgeous, now to see if mine will look anywhere as near as this smile.
Rebekka  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM
THIS IS A SWEET IDEA. THANKS FOR SHARING IT !!! hOPE TO DO THIS ONE SOON!
NINA  |  Mon Jul 6, 2009 at 5:25 AM
thanks admin good site Turkey hello:)
dantel  |  Tue Sep 8, 2009 at 4:19 AM
Me encantó el trabajo, quiero hacerlo.
Felicitaciones
Nori Garcia  |  Tue Dec 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM
Wow, this is the cutiest idea I've seen. I'm going to use it to market my business. Thank you so much.
Thanks,
Anna
Anna Evans  |  Thu Mar 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM
I really love this tea bag holder. I made on for all the mom's at my church on mother's day. They all LOVED it!!!! Thanks for the super idea.
Rebecca
Rebecca H  |  Mon May 31, 2010 at 6:05 PM
Nancy,
I didn't see your post. Sorry. The 3 1/2" x 11" paper piece is used for the sleeveless holder under Variations.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 6:10 AM
I am a Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator .
I really enjoy the SCS Weekly Inkling. Learning so much from you Tutorial . Thanks
Clara Sims  |  Wed Oct 13, 2010 at 8:42 AM
This is great. Thanks for sharing this. Will be trying soon. ;0)
Tabitha  |  Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM
Hi, I have just ordered a box of Jolly nation bits and pieces and inside there are sheets of tea bag papers. I am relatively new to card making and haven't any idea how to use them. Can you help me?

Kind Regards,

Karen
Karen Drew  |  Fri Sep 2, 2011 at 5:15 AM
I love this tutorial. I use Res-Q-Tape instead of score tape and I haven't had any fall apart. Thank you for teaching this.
Dani  |  Sat Jun 9, 2012 at 4:39 AM
These are so cute - I made some to go in a gift box for a keen baker that included a favourite recipe, dry ingredients, muffin cases etc. - after all, you can't have a cake without a nice cup of tea can you? I added a little tag that said 1 sugar for me please!
Karen  |  Thu Sep 6, 2012 at 4:46 AM
For the triangle insides I used a very, thin line of Glossy Accents near the bottom of the card.Let it dry for 30 seconds and then pressed the pieces of cardstock together and held another 30 seconds. This worked especially well when using thicker Ghiaradelli chocolates. The triangles never came unglued.
Beth  |  Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM

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