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Just-for-You Tea

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Blake Ramsey Murray

Hands-on time 1 hr
Total time 1 hr

Yields 36 tea bags (6 gifts of 6 bags each)

These too-cute tea packages make unique DIY gifts for holidays, luncheons, and showers.


  • 3 ounces loose-leaf tea of your choice
  • 36 No. 1-size coffee filters (we used natural, unbleached ones)

How to Make It

  1. Fill a filter with about 2 tsp. tea. (1 oz. of tea should fill 12 filters.) Fold filter to create tea bag. Staple a 4-inch length of food-safe string to top, sealing pleats with staple. Attach a tag to other end of string. Repeat with remaining tea and filters.

  2. How to Turn Coffee Filters into Tea Bags Working with 1 filter at a time, fill with 2 tsp. loose-leaf tea. Bring top right-hand corner toward center; crease. Repeat with top left-hand corner, crossing over initial fold. Create a second, smaller fold at top right. Repeat on top left. Fold top down about 1/2 inch and crease. Staple string over final fold to seal tea bag.

  3. GIVE IT Place 6 tea bags in a tin or box. Add label and include brewing instructions.