Thursday, 21 May 2015

Tea Bags Holder: Thank You Tea-cher! You're Tea-rrific

Teacher’s Day was just around the corner. Little Ze wanted to give his teachers some appreciation gifts. I told him that we would only be able to give out the gifts after our trip to KL. Oh no! Such a short time! I really scratched my head as I did not prepare for it at all. I had to think of something that we had on hand and something that we could complete in very short time before we depart to KL.

All of a sudden, I saw ‘TEA’ from the word ‘teacher’. Yes! I could prepare something related to tea! I had lots of tea bags on hand! I had some ready-made cookies as well! Hmm… "Let’s give all the teachers a wonderful tea break!!!" And I could add in a message "You're tea-rrific" to the project! 

Here’s what I came out with:

Litlle Ze helped to pack the tea bags.

Little Ze helped to die cut the tea bag holders.

Little Ze wrote all the names of his teachers by himself. And he got all their names right without my help!

He wrote his own name at the back of the holder.

Some preparation in progress...

So, what's inside the holder?

So, how I come out with this tea bags holder? 

I was thinking on how to wrap or present the tea bags and cookie. If store in a tumbler, there would be another cost and most importantly, it was impossible for me to search for identical tumblers in such a short time. On the other hand, I didn't want to just packed the tea bags and cookie in a plastic bag and tie with ribbon...Nah! Nah! Nah! 

What I had much in my room? Card stocks! Papers! There and then, I thought of a tea bags holder using the card stocks available. I recalled that I had Sizzix notebook holder die which I never use, which I grabbed from Smidapaper closing down sales. With the die, I could cut out some beautiful and identical holders in very short period of time. I added twine to hold the tea bags and cookie. This was how I converted the notebook holder into a tea bags holder. Then, I added washi tape to hold the holder instead of ribbon. 

The design was inspired by the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #123. I added a little twist on the sketch. 

The color combo was inspired by Always Playing with Paper Challenge #35 {Inspiration Challenge}

Then, I embossed partial of the holder with Birds and Swirls embossing folder when I came across CAS.ology WEEK 147: WEDDING. I could have a wedding elegance feel and wedding elements in a Thank You card, right? It was not necessary to be a wedding card. 

Lastly, the colors, theme, and sweet treats of PAPER SWEETIES INSPIRATION CHALLENGE #31 – ‘CELEBRATE MOM’ inspired me to add a little touch to the holder with pink and yellow butterflies. 

Little Ze was so happy and satisfied to see outcome of the gifts. He was so excited to distribute them to his teachers. All the teachers were happy to receive his special appreciation gift too! 

Mission accomplished!

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Happy crafting!


  1. Jay, these are just as sweet as can be! I love your little teacher appreciation tea bag holders!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects with us this month at Paper Sweeties!!

  2. These are just beautiful! LOVE the soft colors, and your son is such a great helper! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sweeties! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  3. Oh, these are so sweet! The teachers will love them! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  4. So pretty and elegant. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology

  5. I'm sure your teachers appreciated these thoughtful (and beautiful) gifts! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

  6. Super adorable and so great your little guy helped out! What a fab teacher thank you project! Thanks for playing The Challenge!

  7. OMGosh these are beautiful. I loVe that your little guy helped out and added his personal touch. Thanks for sharing at Paper Sweeties.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn~ Paper Sweeties GDT

  8. These are lovely and such a wonderful idea to have your little one help you make them! I'm sure his teachers will love and appreciate them. Thank you for joining us at The Challenge.

  9. Super sweet and a personal touch too! The teacher will love this! Thank you for joining us at The Challenge!

  10. These little gifts are adorable! I am sure the teachers loved them! Thanks for sharing the pics of Little Ze helping! So cute!!!

  11. Your spur of the moment teacher gifts turned out fabulous! Love the way you packaged everything up! Thanks so much for joining us in the May Inspiration Challenge at Paper Sweeties!