DIY: Valentine’s Day Tea Bags

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Valentine’s Day—besides the increased amounts of chocolate and adorably themed decorations at Target, that is. I am a fan of surprising the people I care about with sweet treats though, especially in the spirit of Galentine’s Day.

For those who don’t know, Galentine’s Day is the creation of the one and only Leslie to honor her favorite lady friends. Or if you’re more inclined to relate to another favorite NBC lady Liz Lemon, these tiny tea bags are perfect to share with your gals on Anna Howard Shaw Day.

So in honor of Leslie Knope, Liz Lemon and celebrators of Galentine’s Day everywhere, now you too can gift festive, handmade tea bags.

What you’ll need

  • Coffee filters
  • Loose leaf tea
  • Needle
  • Thread, embroidery floss or twine
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Colored card stock

Start by folding a coffee filter in half and cutting the sides into a rectangle—the bottom fold will be the bottom of your tea bag. Hand sew the sides of the coffee filter together, back-stitching if necessary, to create an open-mouthed pouch.

Fill the pouch you just created with a spoonful of loose leaf tea (I got my sweet strawberry tea at Gong Fu Tea in Des Moines’ East Village). Stitch up the top of the tea bag and fold corners over into a cone to create the traditional tea bag shape.

To create the note on the end of the tea bag, sandwich one end of a piece of twine between two identical card stock hearts. Place the other end of the twine between the corners of the tea bag and secure with a staple. Write a tiny heartfelt note and you’re ready to wow your friends with your craft skills and thoughtfulness.

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