DIY Tea Holder from Scrapbook Paper

diy tea bag holder scrapbook paper craft

Tea is such a good gift. You can share it any time: when someone is sick, for special occasions, for fun… Whenever really. But it’s no fun to just give people a box of tea. It’s much more exciting to gift in unique packaging.

This tea bag holder is wonderful and makes gifting just a few teabags more personal.

You only need a few supplies and you might have them in your craft box already.


scrapbook tea -holder supplies

Paper tea bag holder supplies

  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper
  • ruler (optional)


scrapbook paper square

Step 1: cut a scrapbook paper square

Cut a square in your scrapbook paper.





Step 2: fold the points inward

Turn the paper so one of the points is facing upward.

Place the teabag at the top for measurement and fold the points on the right and left inward like in the image above.


tea bag gift bag

Step 3: fold the teabag holder to stand on its own

Create an A shape in the center of the paper. This will help the tea bag holder to stand on its own.

Start by folding the points at the top and bottom together so the inside of the holder is facing outward.

Then, fold them inward about an inch from the center folder on both sides to create the shape above.


scrapbook paper tea bag gift bag

Step 4: tie the teabag holder shut

Punch a hole in the top of the teabag holder, push a ribbon through and tie it closed.


diy paper tea holderscrapbook tea container

You’re ready to gift your tea! You’ll be able to fit a few teabags in the newly created holder. Perfect for a quick, thoughtful gift.

Happy crafting!


The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their August craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Cardboard Scarf Organizer
Heather from ShiftMama: Garden Solar Light Upgrade
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make an Eastern Inspired Card Trio
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Keychain Using Old Jewelry
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Crochet Hoop Wall Art

DIY Smashbook Cover

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Have you every heard of a smashbook? It’s like of like a scrapbook, but with less structure. Some people add recipes, top 10 lists, concert tickets, etc., in addition to photos. It’s often referred to as the un-scrapbook.

I have a ton of pictures. Some on my phone, some printed and in a box. What good is that? They aren’t organized in any particular fashion and I rarely look at them, so I wanted to make my own smashbook. I’m going to call it Project Life.

But before I started compiling pictures, I wanted to make a fun cover for it. That’s today’s Make Something Mondays craft.

Tip: If you’re interested in making your own Smashbook, you should look into Groovebook for photo printing. It’s a subscription service that prints photos that you choose every month. You get 100 4×6″ images for $2.99/month. I’m not affiliated, I just like it. A friend bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a year or so ago and I’ve kept it. It’s perfect for this type of project.


Smashbook cover supplies

Smashbook cover supplies

  • glue
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • blank journal or sketchbook
  • stickers (totally optional)

Don’t get overwhelmed by the supplies image. I went a little overboard in gather materials for this one.

If you’re looking for a small book, I got mine at Michael’s. It’s made by the Recollections brand. I like this one because it’s smaller, and nothing like a scrapbook. You can use whatever you want though.

Smashbook ideas

Step 1: glue on the first scrapbook layer

Measure or trace your book onto the scrapbook paper. Then cut it out and glue it over the cover of your scrapbook.


Step 2: continue to layer scrapbook paper

Continue this process until you have something you like.

I choose to cut out elements of different pieces of scrapbook paper and glue them together.


Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Step 3: title your smashbook

Give your smashbook a title! You’re going to be an author now. Your book must have a name! 🙂


DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

When you’re done, hopefully you have a cover design you love!

I’ll post some spreads for you guys when I get started. Stay tuned for that.

Tell me what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.



DIY Upcycled Grocery Bag Storage Container

DIY upcycled grocery bag storage container

Like many Americans, I drink too much coffee. I used to buy it all from Trader Joe’s so I had a lot of cardboard containers left over. I try to avoid throwing them away so I upcycle them. Grocery bag storage seemed like a great way to recycle.

This was my grocery bag situation:

grocery bags

I know, it’s rough. I’m ashamed of myself. That junk needed concealed somehow.

Enter: the Trader Joe’s coffee container.

materials used to make DIY upcycled grocery bag storage

Materials needed for homemade grocery bag storage

  • pen
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • old container
  • scrapbook paper


scrapbook paper sized for grocery bag storage container

Step 1: measure and cut

Measure your container and cut your scrapbook paper to comfortably wrap around it.


grocery bag storage idea

Step 2: glue the paper to the container

Using your Mod Podge, glue your appropriately-sized paper around the container.

Tip: Don’t use too much glue or the paper will warp.


diy paper pabels

Step 3: create your label

Use a piece of excess scrapbook paper to make a label. Fold it in half and cut a shape similar to the one in the image above.

I freehanded mine, but you can use one of these printable label templates if you prefer.


homemade storage label

Step 4: label it

Write out your label for the storage container.


grocery bag label

Step 5: glue on the label

Glue your label to the container.

Tip: If you used a pen or marker to write on your label, give it a few minutes to dry or the ink might smear.


DIY upcycled grocery bag storage container

When you’re finished, you’ll have a much nicer storage option than I did when I started. Now that it’s not such an eyesore, I feel better about leaving the bags out in the open. It’s amazing how many grocery bags can fit in that little thing.

You can even cut a little slit in the lid (like a bank) if you want to have easy access. I’m going to stick with lid removal.

I’d love to hear what you think. What do you like about it? What would you change? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!



DIY Gift Bow

DIY Gift Bow


Its November. One month from Christmas, and with Christmas comes gift giving. So, I thought I would save you some money and teach you how to make your own DIY gift bow. A few dollars for a bow that costs less than $.20 to make is a little outrageous. The best part about making your own is that you can create much more visually appealing bows that you can buy in stores.

I used tape in mine so that you can see where I’m using it. Clear tape is really not clear, obviously.


DIY Bow Materials

Things You Will Need:
Exacto knife
Tape or glue
Scrapbook paper or ribbon


DIY Gift Bow

Step 1:
Cut your scrapbook paper into 8 strips.

  • 3 strips at 12″
  • 3 strips at  11″
  • 2 strips at 10″


DIY Gift Bow


Step 2:
Using the 12″ strips first, create a long figure 8 and tape it together at the ends and in the center.


DIY Gift Bow


Step 2:
Repeat  step 1 with the other two 12″ strips. Then, Staggering the figure eights and taping/gluing them as you go so you have something that looks like the above image.


DIY Gift BowStep 3:
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the 11″ strips and the 10″ strips (in that order) until you have a finished gift bow!

Adorable (minus all of the tape)!


Give it a shot and let me know how it goes! Happy crafting!


DIY Scrapbook Picture Frame

Live, Love, Laugh picture frame DIYI’ve wanted to make my own picture frame for a while. This one took about 20 mins and costs less than $10. Pretty good right? I’m going to be honest, I am not a huge fan of the Live, Laugh, Love phrase that everyone seems to adore so much, but the stickers were the perfect size for this particular frame. I couldn’t help myself.


DIY Scrapbook Picture FrameThings You Will Need:
Mod podge
Paint brush
Exacto knife
Cutting board
Picture frame
Scrapbook paper


DIY Scrapbook Picture Frame


Step 1:
Measure your frame of choice and cut out your scrapbook paper to match the size of the picture frame. Test it to make sure it fits properly.


DIY Scrapbook Picture FrameStep 2:
Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on your frame.


DIY Scrapbook Picture FrameStep 3:
Apply the scrapbook paper. As you can see, I decided against my original choice of scrapbook paper. I went with something a bit more fun.


DIY Scrapbook Picture FrameStep 4:
Adhere the stickers to the frame.


DIY Scrapbook Picture FrameVoila! A DIY picture frame from scrapbook paper. This is one of the easiest crafts I can think of that always turns out nicely. Hope you enjoyed it!

If you are interested in more DIY frame tutorial check out some of my other Make Something Mondays posts:
DIY Hanging Frames
DIY Destination Frame


Happy crafting!!!