Tea Bag Holder

by Beate Johns

Create a little tea bag holder out of cardstock.


  • 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


  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.

    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.

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



  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!

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Questions and Comments

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

I make these with the diagonal pocket and I love them. The trick though is keeping the pocket adhered to the card...I used sticky strip and it doesn't seem to work well. :( Any one have suggestions?
Lauren Potoky  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 7:44 AM
I really like this card and am involved in some organizations where this would be a very useful card. What is the purpose of the cord?
Heather  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 7:46 AM
Hi Lauren,

I didn't have a problem with Scor-Tape coming off my projects yet. Make sure you press down hard when adhering the pocket. Maybe try a different brand of sticky tape.

I added the cord as insurance that my pocket sleeves won't come off. You could leave the adhesive off and just use a cord or ribbon to secure that sleeve.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 7:52 AM
Hi Beate!

What is the name of the stamp set for the little flower and sentiment you used on the tea bag tutorial? Thanks so much! Love your tutorials!

Wanda Williams  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 8:01 AM
VERY CUTE!! I have 5 grandsons, under 12....!....I can picture this with a masculine or comic theme, and put folded money in the pockets.
Janelle  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 8:58 AM
Ok, I agree about the cord, but after
looking again would see how it would help to
hold the tea bags & or the CHOCALATE!
One more thing where do I purchase the
"Scor-Pal", that looks great?
I am going to try & make some for my "knit-wit"
ellen t  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Terrific Tutorial - THANKS!

I was wondering- what stamp set did the sentiment "Wishing you a speedy recovery" come from please?

Thank you for sharing this cool tutorial with us all.

Crafty Math Chick  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 9:13 AM

The flower was made with the Stamp !t kit. You can find more information about it in our Product Review area.

Wanda and Meredith,
The sentiment is from the Our Craft Lounge stamp set Running Sick
Beate  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 9:23 AM
WOW!!!!! AMAZING...and just what I was looking for!!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Great Tutorial!
Stacy  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 10:38 AM
I can't wait to try this card.
marcia  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 10:51 AM
I would love to know what stamps you used and the paper. I love the card. Thanks!
Nancy Cloud  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM
Beate, thanks for another GREAT -- and USEFUL -- tutorial !!
Leanne  |  Wed May 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM
That's a wonderful idea!
antje  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 12:41 AM
Love this idea! I made the sleeveless holder, but found I needed the CS to be 3-1/2 x 11 to make it work. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Kitty  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 2:48 AM
Love the double pocket in this one.... fabulous, Beate!!
Joycelyn  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 4:44 AM

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.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Thu May 14, 2009 at 5:07 AM
Hi Beate,

I'm curious to know exactly what the thin cord's purpose is.
Gia  |  Fri May 15, 2009 at 10:24 AM
This is so adorable!! I can not wait to make one.
cherie Kelley  |  Sat May 16, 2009 at 4:51 AM
My daughter and I made similar to this for a Victorian Tea Party, and used them at each setting as personal favors
Jean  |  Sun May 17, 2009 at 8:47 PM
I have just joined this site and this is the first tutorial I've seen - and I can't wait to try it! If this is the usual standard of your tutorials, I'll be very busy indeed grin
Judi  |  Mon May 18, 2009 at 2:36 AM

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