Every once in a while when I’m in the midst of trying to figure something out, I end up making some other fun discovery at the same time.
This past week for instance, I was curious to see if I could mix loose tea and ground spices to make a good homemade flavored tea. The answer, in my opinion, was No. Ground spices really don’t steep in the same way tea does and they did very little to add any flavor to a cup of tea.
BUT – because I didn’t have a tea ballto use with my loose tea and spice experiment, I had to get creative and figure out how to make my own tea bags too. It turns out you can make a homemade tea bag without much effort and it’s even kind of fun!
Of course this does beg the question “Why would I want to make my own tea bags? Don’t they come all conveniently made at the store?!”
Well, yes they do. And I totally get that. But a few reasons to make your own tea bags are that loose tea is thought to have superior taste because it’s made from the whole leaf rather than the smaller tea “fannings” used in ready-made tea bags. Homemade tea bags can also be a cute gift idea customized with pretty string like this baker’s twine, colorful tags made from scrapbook paper, or with specialty flavored loose teas.
For my tea bags, I used coffee filters and filled them with the basic Lipton loose tea that can usually be found on grocery store shelves by the other teas. I just used some plain string I had in the house, but colored embroidery floss or other heavy thread could be used too. I used some leftover scrapbook paper for the “tabs” at the end of the string.
Here’s how to do it:
How To Make Your Own Tea Bags
You Will Need:
5″ Piece of String or Heavy Thread
1″ x 2″ Piece of Paper (for the small tag at the end of the string)
1. Flatten out a coffee filter and then cut a little bit off each side to make a more rectangular shape.
2. Put about a teaspoon of loose tea in the center of the coffee filter.
3. Fold the coffee filter in half the long way, closing the tea inside.
4. Then fold the long sides back towards the middle, folding it over three times, making small folds.
5. Now that the tea is folded inside, you’ll want to re-center things, kind of rolling the package so that the folded seam is going down the middle.
6. Next fold the filter package in half.
7. I then cut about 3/4″ off the top so that the package wasn’t so long and skinny and was more the shape of a traditional tea bag.
8. Fold in the two top edges so that the top now comes to a point.
9. Fold over the top point of your filter package just a little bit, lay the string on top, and then staple. This will seal the package shut and also attach the string.
10. To make a little tab for the end of your string, take your 1″ x 2″ piece of paper and fold it in half. Place the end of the string inside and then staple, centering the stapler over the string when stapling.
Now you have your very own homemade tea bag!
Depending on how much you cut off your coffee filter in step 1, and how big or little your folds are in step 4, you can end up with skinny tea bags or fat tea bags.
I’m happy to say that here at The Make Your Own Zone homemade tea bags of all shapes and sizes are welcome! ♥
My hope when combining the loose tea with the spices was to create my own chai flavored tea bags. Because that method flopped, I’m now trying a homemade chai creamer instead and that recipe is
coming up next! Get the recipe here = = > Homemade Chai Creamer