kojotutorial: tea! tea! tea! kitchen wreath

diy tea wreath handmade gift ideaI’m not a coffee person (love the smell- don’t love the taste).  Tea, however, is a hot beverage I can really get behind.

This passion for tea translates into a tea box that just can’t accommodate my collection and a tea drawer that is jumbled at best (since there’s no room for all of the boxes that the tea comes in, most of the tea bags have been relocated to bags… it’s an adventure).  This situation is totally fine for me; I usually know what I’m looking for and can just paw through to find it.  It’s not great for hostessing, though, as guests don’t know what’s available (why the heck not, right?) and I don’t really love the idea of putting 15 ziploc bags full of various tea varieties on my counter every time people come over.

handmade gift idea- DIY tea wreathEnter my newly crafted Tea Wreath.  With this little circle of goodness, my guests can easily see each kind of tea I have without having to sift through my massive, and sort of confusing, collection.  Then, when people leave, I just replenish the wreath.  It’s both easy for me and great for all the tea drinkers that frequent our house.

To make a Tea Wreath, you’ll need:
-two pieces of 12x12ish cardboard (I used the back covers to two scrapbook paper packs)
-patterned paper that compliments your kitchen decor (I ended up using one whole piece and part of five pieces… if you minimized your palette, you could probably do the whole project with two pieces of paper)
-clothes pins (I used 24)
-hot glue
-ribbon for hanging
-sour patch kids (apparently, because they made their way into all sorts of pictures along the way…)

1. Hot glue your two pieces of cardboard together (this is to give your base a little bulk since it’ll be holding a bunch of clothespins eventually).  Cut the doubled up cardboard into a generally wreath-like shape (a circle, or if you’re adventurous, a square).  Make sure the ‘wreath’ part is about as thick as a clothespin. I traced plates to make my circles (you can see that I didn’t like my first choice of inner circle and found something smaller to trace instead).

2. Cover your circle with patterned paper.  I traced my ‘wreath’ onto the back side of the patterned paper and then cut outside of my lines by about half an inch to give myself gluing margin.  I then notched the margin up to my tracing lines and glued the little tabs around the outside and inside circles.  I’m sure there are other ways to cover a cardboard circle- that’s just what I did.

3. Cover your clothespins. You can either stick with patterned paper (I  just cut long strips of paper about the width of the clothespin, hot glued the long strip on, and trimmed the ends), or cover with glitter or paint. You could even dye them!

4. Start hot gluing your clothespins to your wreath.  Continue until the whole wreath is covered in evenly spaced clothespins.  Make sure that the ‘mouth’ of the clothespin faces the outside of the wreath (otherwise you’ll have a whole jumble of tea bags in the center of the wreath and people won’t be able to see which kinds you have).

5. Tie a ribbon on your wreath for hanging.  Clip tea onto each of your clothespins.  Hang and enjoy!

handmade gift idea- DIY tea wreath

One of the best features of this tea wreath is it’s adaptability- see other variations here, and here.

Comments

  1. Ira says

    Hi girls,
    what a wonderful idea! This would make a tremendously nice present for a tea lover! Thanks for being so generous in sharing this with all of us. Please feel free to come and visit my blog, too, if you like:
    irascreacorner.blogspot.com
    Take care, Ira

  2. Donna @ Mudpies and Memories says

    I love this! I am a tea drinker too and can relate to the jumbled up mess of tea bags in the drawer. Thanks for the great idea and tutorial!

  3. CJ {Pink Tea} says

    What a cute idea. As a fellow tea lover, I understand. My tea chest is absolutely overflowing.

  4. Sandy says

    What a novel idea… you put quite a bit of energy into this… the tea lovers might just use the tea bags so be careful…. love it!

  5. Hattie says

    That is such a cute idea! I've never seen anything like it. I'm a huge tea drinker, so I understand how crazy it can get with a million boxed stashed all over the kitchen. I love your solution!

  6. Nancy's Couture says

    This is awesome. As a tea lover I really neeed to make one of these for me and one for my MIL

  7. Annikke says

    This is super cute! My wheels are spinning about where I could hang sucha thing in my kitchen…. hmmmm!

  8. Marilyn says

    I'm like you-love the smell of coffee, but CANNOT drink it. Very nice wreath and something I need to make! Thanks so much for sharing! ♥♪

  9. Patti says

    This is the cutest idea I have seen in a while…Love it…would make a cute gift…or even to have on display during an afternoon tea. I'll be back to visit!

  10. Sonia says

    I'm a tea or Chai person myself, and that shows in my blog's name, too! I love, LOVE, love this so beyond words! Just fabulous!

  11. Shannon @ Posh Pieces says

    This is the most creative way to store your tea! Makes a nice display too. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

  12. *jean* says

    that is the cutest thing ever! we have tea around the world every tuesday! if you want to visit my blog i'll tell you how to join us!

  13. Judith Westerfield says

    This is the first time I've EVER commented on a DIY and I've seen hundreds. Clever, whimsical, practical. Great!
    judithwesterfield.wordpress.com

  14. Stacey says

    wonderful! I am going to do this soon! I like ira's idea of using as a gift. I think it might also be a great prize at a bridal or baby shower. Even at a womens tea party. LOVE IT! thank you soooo much.

  15. Sarah says

    I would spray paint the clothespins to make it even easier! Good idea except I need two wreaths for all my teas!

  16. Mathmom and family says

    Thank you so much for this idea. I have a dear friend that, sadly, spends too much time in the hospital with her youngest child. I'm going to make one of these for her to take on those trips. Not only will it decorate the room, but it will give her access to tea any time she wants it.

  17. eli says

    You've got me smiling! This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up at craft schooling Sunday! I'll be sharing this with my readers this week and hope to see you again too! all the best and thanks for all the wonderful projects!

  18. CLEAN MAMA says

    I love this! I keep my tea bags in a cute ceramic bowl so I can pull it out for company, but this would be awesome! Thanks!

  19. Heather@PixieDust says

    that is such a clever idea! how fun to make your selection from that wreath – it reminds me of wheels on game shows :)

  20. InMyOwnStyle says

    I am a tea person too. This is such a clever and colorful way to store or display teabags. It would make such a nice gift too.

  21. Shawna says

    I am so excited about this! I'm making it for my Secret Sister at MOPS for next Tuesday! But, shhh, don't tell!

  22. Leigh Anne Watts says

    I love this! It's very clever and would make an excellent Mother's Day gift! I'm going to try this soon. Thanks for the idea! I found this post through Infarrantly Creative's LOVES links!

  23. Netanel says

    i have been thinking about this project since i saw it on craft schooling sundays at creativejewishmom.com. i just went out and bought a bunch of clothespins and i'm hoping to make it this week. i think it would make a really nice photo display as well. thanks for the idea!

  24. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says

    This is so pretty! What a wonderful idea! I'm linking at Dollar Store Crafts tomorrow (thanks to Infarrantly Creative for the link!)

  25. Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com says

    This is so pretty! What a wonderful idea! I'm linking at Dollar Store Crafts tomorrow (thanks to Infarrantly Creative for the link!)

  26. Erin says

    Lovely!

    I was thinking this would be a wonderful class gift for a teacher. Students could give gift cards to various places and clip them onto the wreath. It would be a great end-of-the-year gift. I'll have to keep it in mind if I'm ever room mom. ;-)

  27. AVA says

    Just the idea of covering clothes pins in pretty paper is fantastic. I don't drink tea, but I can think of so many more uses for pretty clothes pins — clipping and displaying photos, notes, greeting cards, etc. Thanks so much for the idea!

  28. Natalia says

    My herbal tea bags aren't individually wrapped like this but I immediately thought of Christmas cards! Perfect!

  29. Ali.G says

    I subconciously copied this wreath idea to make a picture holder. So I gave you credit on my blog :)

    Ali

    foundintheali.blogspot.com

  30. Abby says

    i made this today (after having the supplies sitting in my crafts box for months!) and it came out beautiful! thanks for sharing this idea! i'd love to send you a picture but i can't seem to paste it into my comment. anyway, thanks again! – abby

  31. Nathalie says

    I don't know how I ended up at this post but I love this idea so much esp. for this time of year when we're looking for gift ideas! I will be making one of these asap for one of my dear friend! Thanks!

  32. AuntTeague says

    I made a couple of these for gifts for my son's teachers. They were a big hit. Thanks so much for the great project. -Jillian

  33. Michelle says

    I made one of these for myself and liked it so much that I made 20 more for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the great idea, and the good instructions!

  34. Janet says

    OMG. I thought I was the only one with a tea drawer. It's a big one and I can't fit all my tea in it, either. Love the wreath!

  35. marloelaine.com says

    Love this idea. While it is a similar concept as the Christmas card holder I just put away, yours looks so much better. You could even make seasonal ones and change them every few months.

    Also, it's a great way to display those wallet size school photos!

  36. Becky says

    Great idea! Something similar was on the early morning news today only she had put the pins towards the center which i did not like. This would be cute in Christmas paper to hold Christmas cards.

  37. aplatefulofhappiness says

    I just saw this on The Kitchn. I absolutely love this idea. I'm going to try making one for my office cubicle wall. You are so clever!

  38. Jennifer says

    THANK YOU! After wanting to make this for about a month, I finally did this morning and I LOVE it! What a great idea! Thanks!

    • Kirstin says

      Jennifer, I love this! I lost mine when we were moving- I need to find it or make another one. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  39. Tammi says

    Love this! I just bought some paper to make one for my SIL. Then I open my Good Housekeeping magazine and saw it published there. Good Housekeeping approved! Very cool indeed.

    • Kirstin says

      Tammy, I haven’t seen the Good Housekeeping one yet- I’ll have to pick that up tomorrow! SO FUN! :)
      And yep, such a fun present! :)

  40. Katrina says

    I tried my hand at the tea wreath for a dear friend for Christmas. I think I nailed it :). Wish I could figure out how to post a pic here – I’m not usually good at homemade crafts so I’m very proud of it. Thank you for the instructions that were easy to follow!

  41. Beth says

    I made two of these for Christmas gifts, The hardest parts were cutting the circles. Both were really pretty, cheap to make, and graciously received. :)

  42. Joy says

    I love the tea bag wreath idea. I saw your wreath in the Good Housekeeping magazine. I cut out the section from the magazine and saved it so I could try my hand at it. I finally got a chance to make one. I gave it to my girlfriend for her birthday, We go to tea often so it was a perfect gift for her. The wreath turned out great and I think she loved it :) Thanks for the awesome idea!!

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