DIY Teabags — The Perfect Last Minute Gift!

The holidays came up fast this year, so we developed these DIY tea bags as a fun and unique gift that also shares the healing benefits of all these amazing herbs we've been learning about.

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Back in November, we created a Healing Herbs article and e-course that focuses on introducing 8 herbs. These herbs were chosen because they are incredibly versatile, are easily accessible (and can be grown yourself if you really want!), and contain some or all of our four primary terpenes. All of them can be consumed fresh or dried, can be infused or extracted, can be smoked or vaporized, and are available as essential oils. 

 
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Materials for Making Your Own Tea Bag

Materials for Bags

  • coffee filter
  • stapler
  • toxin-free string

Materials for Tags

  • download of our printable tea tags
  • cardstock paper (we used a beige color)
  • black and white printer
  • xacto knife, cutting mat + ruler (or scissors)
  • hole punch

About the Tags

There are two designs that reflect a couple of our personal favorite blends as well as a blank tag so that you can fill in the ingredients of your own personal creation and note any therapeutic benefits it may have. 

About Herbal Blends

Check out our post on how to make your own herbal blend. The best part of these little bags is that they can be used for tea, thrown into a bath, or even opened up and smoked or vaporized.  

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Creating the Bag

There are tons of coffee filters out there, but these are the ones we already had in our home. If you have a different style, review these steps to get a baseline then get creative with your own filter! The only real concern here is ensuring that your herbs won't escape the filter. 

 Center coffee filter on a flat, clean surface with the bottom edge parallel to yourself

Center coffee filter on a flat, clean surface with the bottom edge parallel to yourself

 Fold both sides in so that they are perpendicular to the bottom edge

Fold both sides in so that they are perpendicular to the bottom edge

 Fold the top half down so that it is parallel to the bottom edge

Fold the top half down so that it is parallel to the bottom edge

 It's a good idea to firmly crease this fold with your fingernail, a spoon, or burnisher 

It's a good idea to firmly crease this fold with your fingernail, a spoon, or burnisher 

 Open the top flap back up and fold both corners in at a 45° angle

Open the top flap back up and fold both corners in at a 45° angle

 Your filter should now look like this

Your filter should now look like this

 Fold top flap back down and firmly crease

Fold top flap back down and firmly crease

 Open filter back up and add herbs of choice

Open filter back up and add herbs of choice

If the idea of making your own herbal blend stresses you out, check out our review of a few different herbal blends

Insider tip: Consider purchasing 1 large tin of a blend by Bear Blend then make your own tea/bath bags to gift them to friends and family!  

 Carefully refold filter around herbs

Carefully refold filter around herbs

 Make sure to keep the herbs in the bottom portion of the filter so that they don't escape

Make sure to keep the herbs in the bottom portion of the filter so that they don't escape

 Your filter should now look like this

Your filter should now look like this

Attaching the Tag

We've designed tea tags that you can download and print below. There are two designs that reflect a couple of our personal favorite blends and a blank tag so that you can fill in the ingredients of your own personal creation. 

 Fold string in half

Fold string in half

 Thread folded end through the hole in the tag

Thread folded end through the hole in the tag

 Thread the loose ends of the string through the loop

Thread the loose ends of the string through the loop

 Pull string taut 

Pull string taut 

 Place string onto bag

Place string onto bag

 Staple string, leaving a little excess hanging out the other side

Staple string, leaving a little excess hanging out the other side

 Your filter should now look like this

Your filter should now look like this

 Tie a knot around the staple 

Tie a knot around the staple 

 If you made your own blend, fill in the blank spaces on the tag so you can remember what's inside and what it can be used for (review our Healing Herbs article for therapeutic properties of our 8 favorite herbs below) 

If you made your own blend, fill in the blank spaces on the tag so you can remember what's inside and what it can be used for (review our Healing Herbs article for therapeutic properties of our 8 favorite herbs below)