Monday, September 5, 2011

Tea à la mode

As you have seen lately I have been creating some of these flower sprays for Christmas. This was the latest one I created. I'm so addicted to making these now! I have a bunch more that I will be finishing up here soon to post.

I did a Ustream show last night on how to alter a empty tea bag box. I wasn't planning on doing a Ustream show and it was very last minute. I thought it would be fun for people to see what I was going to do with this box.

At our house we are always making tea, hot or cold. I have been recycling these boxes a lot this summer. Well, yesterday I finished up another box of tea and when I was getting ready to throw it out in the recycle bin, I stopped and a light bulb went off! I thought this would be a very cool box to alter!

So I took it back into my craft room and started to look at it and spin it around, to try to figure out what I was going to do with it. I thought it would look cute to dress it up with some holiday embellishments. I had a lot of the Melissa Frances paper from an order I placed many months ago, so I thought I should try to make a dent in the pile.
I covered the outside of the box and the inside of the lid with paper. I left the inside of the box bare since no one was going to see down inside of it. I wanted to fill that part up with tree garland. I then went back and added some paint around the edges and trimmed the sides with pom-pom trim. Then I had fun decorating it. I added one of the flower sprays from above to this cute box. I also added one of my snowflake ornaments to the inside of the lid. I made a few more paper flowers for the inside. I attached some ribbon to the bells and tied them to the bow I had made.

As you can see it turned out to be a cute recycled tea box! These would be perfect to make little gift baskets with. You could fill the inside with some bath products or some home made bake goodies too! The ideas are endless for filling these pretty boxes as gifts!

Here is a close up of one of the snowflake ornaments I list in the store. I will have a large selection of these in the coming weeks.

Here is a view of the flower spray I used in the corner.

Remember, these don't have to be just for Christmas! These are also great to decorate for any holiday or occasion. Since fall is near you could add some fall decor with some small pumpkins and a scarecrow sticking out it. Dress it up for Halloween and make your own personal grave yard. Add a few tomb stones and gray Spanish moss, with a few crows. So as you can see here again is another great project to create some thing fabulous out of an item around the house!

I hope every one has a great Labor day and keep checking back here for more of these simple projects!


  1. Watching this was totally amazing ! And it looks even more pretty today :) <3

  2. Hoi Anna

    Wat mooi Anne
    Echt schitterend mooi gemaakt.

    Gr leny Hempen

  3. WOWzers Anna!! This is totally GORGEOUS!!! It turned out amazing!! I need some of your mojo!!!


  4. OMG! Anna...this is soooooooooo BEAUTIFUL! You are and always be the handmade paper flower Queen!


  5. I was not able to stay for the whole ustream, but I wanted to check back and see the finished product....gorgeous!!!

  6. I love that you recycled a tea box, very clever. It turned out absolutely gorgeous!