Tea Books – Gift Idea

October 1, 2006 at 1:40 am (Art & Crafts, Gift Ideas)

I love home made books. 

This is an idea for another way to give loose tea as a gift.

 Idea #1

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This is made with a basic scrapbook as a base (any size you want).  You create sleeves for the tea out of any of these:
– mesh material, sewn into envelope or sleeve shapes
– rice paper or heavy wax paper (sewn, glued or taped together).

You decorate it with buttons, ribbon, tassels, embroidered words, or cards with recipe suggestions, etc.

Add a scoop and a tea steeping spoon to the front of the “book”.

Idea #2
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This idea uses a bunch of card stock paper, printed or written on.

You can write recipes, add photos, draw, add nice quotes, etc.  Add some blank sheets where you would like the tea to go in the book.  Then take the pages to Kinkos (or another print-all shop) and get them to bind the pages into a wire or plastic ring book. Choose wider rings than your stack of papers, so that when you add the tea into the pages, it will still close properly.

You place the loose tea (or bags?) onto plastic ziploc bags (the freezer ones) and use strong double-sided tape to stick them to the blank pages in your book.

You can make a bunch of these books at a time – it’s actually cheaper to bind them that way.

Stick photos or drawings to the front of the ziploc bags if they have a logo or other graphic on them.  Or sew “bags” to put the ziplocs into and attach those to the book page instead.

It’s  a really neat, individualized gift… but it will take a bit of time designing the pages.

Have any variations on this idea? I’d love to see them!

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1 Comment

  1. Ed said,

    I really love these tea ideas, definitely something I’d love to do. We don’t have that many places you can get books bound over here (Dublin) though, and it’s pretty expensive to do it, but still…I really wanna try it. Cheers for the Idea, I’m definitely gonna try something similar. If I do I’ll post the pics.

    Ed

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