April 18, 2014

DIY: Kitchen Art with tea tags

Did you ever marvel at the pretty tea tags that come with every delish cup of tea?  Have you been saving pockets full of colorful tea tags hoping knowing they will be useful someday?  Yes, excellent!  No, start saving!

I love a great cup of tea, and have gone through boxes and boxes.  Somewhere along the lines, I started saving the pretty or colorful tea tags...because I might *need* them someday...sheepish smile.  (Perhaps your crazy isn't quite so developed as mine.)  If you aren't a tea drinker, ask friends to save their tea tags for you.  (thus solidifying your cray-cray)

Step 1:  Gather supplies. 8x10 inch paper, glue, pen, pencil, eraser and tea tags (ruler optional)
 Step 2: Decide between warm or cool colors or both.
 Step 3:  Start laying out different patterns; I chose a 16 block pattern with 2 missing for the drawing.
Step 4:  Select your favorite combination.  Rearrange at will to organize the best possible combination.  It took me 5 different arrangements until I was satisfied.  (below is the original selection, not final arrangement)
Step 5:  Mark the center of your page...either by folding, guessing or measuring.  (Personally I am a guesser.)  Then lay the 3rd column of tea tags just to the right of that center mark. (below) Next lay the 2nd row to ensure equal spacing between tea tag columns.  Lay the end column down last.
Step 6:  Lightly sketch out a teacup and the words "good morning"...it doesn't need to be a masterpiece, just an accent to those gorgeous tea tags. :)
Step 7:  Ink that little drawing!
 Step 8:  Place a drop of glue in the center of each tea tag, and glue it to the paper.  Start gluing from the center columns to ensure symmetry.  Let dry.  I forgot to take a picture until I was about to glue my last one.
Step 9:  Eraser any pencil marks/lines.  Now step back and look at your beautiful arrangement!!!  Finally snap it into a frame and display it somewhere in your kitchen or wherever you'd like.

I suppose this is an ode to Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans"...who also had a love of design no matter the avenue.  


  1. I noticed this the last time I was at your place! Love your creativity!