Tea Bag Dispenser Box

by Heidi Baks

Create a box that holds and dispenses tea bags.


  • Cardstock

  • Patterned Paper, to decorate

  • Scoring Tool

  • Scissors

  • Adhesive, Sticky Strip and Tombow Liquid adhesive used here

  • Tea Bags

  • Embellishments, to decorate


  1. Step 1

    Score a 6" x 12" piece of cardstock at 1" parallel to the long edge, score at 3 1/16", 5 3/4", 8 13/16", 11 1/2" parallel to the short edge. Score 3/4" above the 1" score line in the SECOND SEGMENT ONLY.

    Tea Bag Dispenser Template

  2. Step 2

    Cut out the 1 3/4 x 2 3/4" piece from the bottom of the second segment and 1/2 x 1" corner piece. Cut between the remaining 1" flaps.

  3. Step 3

    To create the lid, score a 4 1/4" x 4 5/8" piece of cardstock at 3/4" on all sides. Cut and taper the corners.

  4. Step 4

    Decorate the side panels as well as the top of the box lid.

    Patterned Paper needed:
    One 2 1/2" x 2 7/8" for lid top; two 1/2" x 2 1/2", two 1/2" x 2 7/8" patterned paper pieces for lid edges
    Patterned Paper for upper side panels: two 2 5/8" x 2 5/16", two 2 1/4" x 2 5/16"
    Patterned Paper for lower side panels: two 2 5/8" x 2 5/16", 2 1/4" x 2 5/16", 2 1/4" x 1 9/16"

    Neutral cardstock needed:
    Side Panels: two 2 3/4" x 4 3/4", 2 3/8" x 4 3/4", 2 3/8 x 4"

    BEFORE you start adhering panels, lay out all pieces to see where each piece fits. Sponge all edges with medium brown distressing ink, if antiqued look is desired. Attach panels to unassembled box and lid.

  5. Step 5

    :To create the base, attach a 3" x 3 3/8" cardstock to chipboard piece in the same size with Sticky Strip or Tombo multipurpose adhesive.

  6. Step 6

    Assemble the box and lid, using Sticky Strip. Attach box to the base, and add a 2 3/4" x 3-1/8" patterned paper piece on the inside bottom of the box for a finished look.

  7. Step 7

    Decorate as desired.

  8. Step 8

    To create an accordion flower embellishment, score 1" x 12" strip of Patterned Paper every 1/2" , then fold with mountain/valley folds. Use the glue gun to assemble the flower.

    Check HERE for a step by step tutorial with video.

  9. Step 10

    For the lacy ribbon flower, use a running stitch along the edge of the lace with. Insert a brad through the center of the lace ribbon flower, and assemble the whole embellishment on the lid with a glue gun.

    For a step by step tutorial with video check HERE.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Thanks Heidi, can't wait to make this one. What a great little gift idea.
Sue Hancock  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 4:21 AM
This is just darling! I am definitely going to give it a try!
Lee Ann Barrett  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 6:58 AM
Oh WOW! Wjat a great, great project AND you just solved my Mother-in-Law gift dilema... going to make it right now... THANK YOU
Lynne Mizera  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 7:10 AM
This is a great gift idea for all my friends. I hope I can make them as nice as yours! TFS
Debbi  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM
I love it! It is so pretty. Can't wait to make some gifts!
Rebecca Ruediger  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 7:47 AM
I go to tea every December with friends and we exchange gifts, this would be perfect!
T F  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Heidi, this is THE PERFECT GIFT for so many people on my list! Thank you for sharing!!!
Cindy Elam  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM
I love this project, Heidi, and your tutorial is fabulous! Can't wait to make it.
Cindy Beach  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM
Heidi, you so rock and I'm cranking these out like babies! They are the perfect gift. Thank you so much for sharing with us! Hugs.
Cindy Blancett  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Love it!!! This will be my next project and I can't wait to give it a go. smile
Angela Middleton  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Love this project....I think this will be a good project for Christmas gifts for gals in my office.
Tammy  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM
That's a perfect idea for mother-in-law.. I also wonder if you could modify the dimensions and turn it into a ghiradelli chocolate square dispenser?
Veronique Mann  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM
Terrific tutorial, tfa.
Kris  |  Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 6:03 AM
I have a great fondness for pretty tea boxes and I'll be making a new one, thanks to you. So thank you I do, and very much!
Barbara Gilbert  |  Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM
I know a famous person. Great one Heidi. I bow to greatness.
Mary Trautner  |  Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM
This is a great gift for all my tea lover friends.
Thanks for sharing Heidi.
JoAnn Schwarz  |  Sat Nov 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM
WOW! these really rock. Approximately, how many tea bags does it hold? Thanks for csharing your talent.
Joan Ballanger  |  Sun Nov 3, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Hi Heidi,

Your tea dispenser is just gorgeous and I enjoyed so much your tutorial. I have already maid one dispenser, but want to make more for gifts to my girlfriends.

Where did you purchase the tea trinket?

Joyce Costa  |  Thu Nov 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM
@Joan Ballanger - good question! I used Twinings individually packaged tea bags, but it looks like individually packaged tea bags come in a pretty standard size. I pulled out all the tea bags I had in the house to measure, and it fits more than 18. I would say at least 20.
Heidi Baks  |  Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM
@Joyce Costa - These trinkets were something that Stampin' Up sold in a previous mini catalog. I'm sure you can find comparable charms online. I have also used charms I've made with stamping and heating shrinky dink material.
Heidi Baks  |  Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

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