I’ve been trying to make more functional crafts as gifts this year, and this is one of my favorites! If you’re looking for something fun and functional for the prepper on your list, then you might like these festive ornaments I made out of tea bags, twine, and some brightly colored tissue paper.
When I finished making them, I thought they were very cheery and bright! In addition to looking very cute, they’re useful – and I’m always up for giving presents that have a purpose, instead of simply being a knick-knack to collect dust – or one that will only get used for a short period of time before it goes out of style (or gets thrown away!)
These ornaments are so cute – and you can brew a nice cup of hot tea with them too!
Not only adorable and useful, the best part is – they’re also cheap and easy to make! Just a few pieces of paper, a few tea bags, and a little string or ribbon and you’re in business!
This craft is so easy your kids can do it with you, and you can give this as a family present!
Christmas Ornament Supplies Needed:
Here’s all you need to make these cute ornaments. You can alter the following list to fit the type of supplies you have on hand. It’s very flexible!
• New Tea Bags
• Tissue Paper in Many Colors
• Transparent Tape
• Twine, Yarn, Ribbon, or String
• Hot Glue Gun (optional)
Creating Each Ornament
It’s super easy to make these cute ornaments!
Step 1: Lay one tea bag on the tissue paper and cut a square out around the entire tea bag. The piece of tissue paper should be at least an inch longer all around the tea bag. The larger the square of paper, the more you’ll have to wrap around the tea bag and the longer the ends of each little package will be.
Step 2: Roll the tissue paper up over the edge of the tea bag and continue rolling until you have a little cylindrical package. Fold over the end of the tissue to create a smooth seam and secure it with a piece of tape.
Step 3: Twist the end of each package; like on the ends of a piece of candy. Tie a small string or ribbon around the twist to keep it from opening up. I like to tie a knot in each string, but you might like to make a little bow instead. Your choice!
Step 4: Attach a loop of string to the back of each package. I secure the loop with tape on the seam at the back of the cylinder. If you use string that is fairly thick, you might find it easier to use a glue gun to place the hanging loop in the backside.
I love these as gifts or ornaments, since you can actually get some use out of them instead of either throwing them away or keeping them in a box 11 months out of the year. Want to fancy them up a little? Use some old wrapping paper you have on-hand or aluminum foil for something shinier. If you decide to draw your own designs on the paper you use for making these little ornaments, consider decorating each piece before wrapping the tea bag… just in case the marker bleeds through the paper and onto the tea bag. Writing the name of the tea on the package could be helpful if you are giving a variety of tea types. I like to leave that part a surprise though!
What are your favorite Christmas ornaments?