DIY Tea Crafts For The Home

teacraft.jpg It’s no secret that Kat loves crafting. She’s always looking for a new way to get creative, and of course tries to incorporate a tea theme into her creations. This week she was browsing around pinterest for inspiration and found something she never would have thought of on her own- a wreath made out of tea bags!

A tea bag wreath is a unique way to keep your favorite teas on hand. Just hang this in the kitchen and you’ll be able to grab your tea bags without even opening a box. It is eye-catching, and a great conversation starter. How fun would it be to gift these to your favorite people? Kat’s making a few to give on Mother’s Day.

I also found nifty ideas to make a tea bag dispenser! A sweet little house or other cardboard creations would be adorable sitting on your kitchen counter. A pretty way to have easy access to your favorite teas without endless stacks of boxes laying around. You can customize your tea house with wrapping paper, stencils, stickers, whatever you like. It’s a fun way to really get crafty with your tea bags!

I love this tip for a DIY tea box. Larger than a countertop tea dispenser, but perfect for a drawer. Especially for those where kitchen space is at a premium. Ditch all of the extra tea boxes and go for one large sectioned box! Wouldn’t this be the perfect thing to bring out during a dinner party? You can show off your love for tea with a personalized box for all of your favorites.

These are fun crafts to try during those spring weekends that bring April showers. If you dears are anything like Kat, you’ve got a stash of craft supplies, ready for the next burst of inspiration. So on those rainy weekends, stay home, make a lovely cup of tea, and get crafting!

Teaching Children About Tea

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Do you love children as much as Kat does? Any time she has the change to babysit her little niece Camille, she gets so excited! She’s always planning on games to play with her. On Camille’s last visit, she was curious about Kat’s tea. She had a sip and decided she liked it. Kat decided it was time to cultivate Camille’s love for tea! I’ve been watching Kat teach Camille, and I took a few notes. Here are a few tips on teaching kids about the joys of tea:

-Offer them sips of your tea when they take an interest: Kat always always offers Camille a taste of her tea. If her niece wants her own cup, she’ll take out a rooibos, herbal, or decaffeinated tea for her. She always puts it in a fancy cup with a saucer to make her feel extra special.

-Talk to them about the growing regions all around the world: After their sip of your tea, tell them where the tea was grown! You can also find books about the regions, or find information online to share. Make sure you have lots of pictures.

-Teach them how tea grows, how it’s picked, processed, and shipped all around the world. Again you can find books, and print out information about the teas they are interested in. This would be a great ‘how to’ project for a child in 2nd or 3rd grade.

-One of my favorite ideas is to have a party for all the senses- let the children see the leaves of different types of tea, smell the leaves before and after steeping, and have them take a few sips. Have them try and describe what they smell and taste. You’ll be amazed and surprised at what they’ll say! Children of all ages will enjoy tea, treats, and lovely decorations.

To create your party, cupcakes, scones, and tea sandwiches are sure to catch their attention. I also  found this recipe for tea gummies! You could make them in any shape you’d like. I just love the idea!

Serve a tea that’s caffeine free, so they can enjoy as much as they like. Kat reserves some of her Hy-Vee Honey Orange Chamomile for her niece when she visits. Her niece loves the sweet orange flavor. It’s tangy, and the smooth honey is also quite soothing. Don’t tell, but Kat sometimes lets her niece add an extra dollop of honey to make the brew even sweeter. Dearies this also makes a wonderfully refreshing iced tea.
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Teaching children about the wonderful world of tea will open their minds to different flavors, and they’ll learn about places all over the world.