Friday, March 14, 2014

Mini Tea (Bag) Roses

Today I wanted to finish off the week with one tea bag Tea (bag) Roses!  These are so much fun and really easy to make once you get the hang of adding a dab of glue while twisting.

So I started off by tearing my tea bag into strips...don't worry if it's not perfect, it adds character to your roses.

Next I added a few splotches of Distress Stain (...any dye ink will work) and a couple spritzes of water.

I used some tags to soak up the excess ink....these will be great for future use to create a quick tag!

After the tea bags were dry (I used a heat tool to speed drying), fold one end over so you're starting with a smooth edge in the center of your rose.

Wrap the tail around the folded end of the tea bag to start your rose center.  Add a tiny dab of glue to the bottom of the rose (where you're pinching it together).  Twist the tea bag tail so there is a rough edge up, wrap it around the rose center and add another little dab of glue.

Continue twisting, wrapping and adding a dab of glue until you come to the end.  Add one final dab of glue to hold the tail end to the rose.  Once you get the hang of wrapping and pinching you won't have to add a dab of glue with each twist/wrap but starting out it really helps.   When I first started making them I got so frustrated because I was trying to twist & wrap the entire rose saving the glue for the end.  After a few attempts I figured out gluing as you go works MUCH better...for the rose and your sanity ;)

And here they are.... Cute huh?  I need a couple more tea bags so I can make a few more and some foliage.   I'll try to have some more by next week so I can show you how they look in a finished project.

Oh, just for size comparison....they really are MINI tea roses :)

Have a wonderful inky weekend friends!

Also, before I let you go, I wanted to chit chat about the Inks Stains Spring ATC Swap....
I hope if you're considering joining you do, I also hope that if you think you can't join it because you don't have time, never made an ATC or don't think you're good enough that you'll consider joining too.

This is a "FUN" should always be fun...
ATC's are quick, easy and since there are no restrictions 
as far as theme, thickness, media, etc. I leave it wide open for creativity.  
Do what you like...have fun, enjoy yourself.  
That's what it's all about!

Anyway, think about it...
we'd all love to have you join in the fun!


  1. Yep! I best start drinking more tea. I have made mini roses this way for on cards using tissue wrapping paper but now another media to use. I find using paper is a lot more easier to make the mini roses than making ribbon roses which uses much the same technique. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kewl idea and pretty roses. I drink a lot of tea so I am definitely going to have to ttry this.

  3. I love roses and I drink a lot of tea, red rose tea in fact! So this project is perfect for me and I am going to try it. Thank you for sharing the step by step tutorial for the tea bag mini roses, the instructions are very clear. I will use the mini roses in my mixed media project and lots of other projects too.
    Jacquelene L


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