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DIY homemade tea bags

DIY homemade tea bags Mother's Day tea

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Updated April 2024

These DIY homemade tea bags make the perfect thoughtful, personalized gift idea for Mother’s Day, bridal showers or birthdays. Scroll down to see how I made them.

For as long as I remember, I have always enjoyed tea time with my mom. She collects beautiful tea cups and I love taking my time, choosing which cup I’m going to use, pouring my tea and adding my sugar cubes.  Some of our best conversations are over a cup of tea.

A few years ago for Mother’s Day, my sisters and I decided to throw a Mother Daughter Mother’s Day Tea Party. The highlight of the party were these DIY handmade tea bags we created using photos and some of our favorite memories together.  If you are looking to give a meaningful, handmade gift, these are perfect for Mother’s Day, or for a friend or bridal shower.

Our mom absolutely loved them and they looked really cute on the table too!

Scroll down to see how to make my DIY Homemade Tea Bags and some of my favorite picks for your tea party spread.


If you make these, be sure to share a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest so that I can see how they came out! If you’re not following me already, click here to follow me on IG 🙂

DIY Homemade Tea Bags

You will need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Loose leaf tea
  • Twine
  • Cardstock or printed photos
  • Stapler

Making DIY tea bags using coffee filters, loose leaf tea, twine and printed photos.


1.) I started by printing out some of my favorite photos that I wanted to use for the tea bags and cutting them into small squares for the tags. If you’re not going to use pictures, you could also do cardstock and write little personalized messages on them.

2.) Take a coffee filter and scoop 1 1/2 teaspoon of loose leaf tea into the center of the coffee filter.

How to make DIY homemade tea bags - fill a coffee filter with loose leaf tea.

3.) Bring the edges of the coffee filter up to make it into like a blossom and pinch the center to close it off.

DIY homemade tea bags Mother's Day tea

4.) Take a piece of twine and wrap around the part of the coffee filter that you have pinched off and tie closed leaving enough of the twine coming off the tea bag for steeping.


5.) Using a stapler, staple your picture or cardstock to the end of the twine.

DIY homemade tea bags

We chose to have them all set out on the table. I think they would also be cute made into a basket with a tea canister, a tea cup, some biscotti and maybe some macaroons.

Linking some of the items from our tea party below


A Mother's Day tea party setting. Table set with tiered tray of desserts, Mackenzie Child's tea pot and tea.

DIY homemade tea bags Mother's Day tea



DIY homemade tea bags DIY homemade tea bags

Tea pot

Mckenzie childs tea kettle

Tea cups

DIY mother's day tea

Tiered cupcake stand

tiered cupcake stand

Tea Cannister

tea cannister


For more Mother’s Day Ideas check out:

This strawberry lemonade Momosa

These DIY Coffee Scrubs

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  • Reply
    Jennifer Howard
    April 25, 2022 at 11:44 am

    This is a cute idea!!

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      April 27, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I was so happy with how they came out!

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    April 25, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    These are just adorable!!

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      April 27, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Thanks so much Cindy! Such a special gift idea or bridal shower favor too!

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    April 27, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Adorable DIY for my tea drinking pals!

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      April 27, 2022 at 8:25 am

      Thank you Lori!

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    April 27, 2022 at 8:43 am

    This is so cute! I’m definitely saving this post to make these for my grandmother’s 91st birthday party in a few weeks!

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      April 28, 2022 at 9:52 am

      awwww so special! Happy Birthday to your grandma!!! I would love to see how they come out! If you’re one Instagram you’ll have to tag me @ourtiny_nest 🙂

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    April 27, 2022 at 10:36 am

    What a cool idea for a mother’s day gift! Or any kind of tea party you might plan on throwing!

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    April 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve got a little reusable tea ball, but it doesn’t always hold the amount I want to put in it!

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    April 30, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    This is a fun idea! Did you know that you can purchase T-Sac tea filters? They are wonderful and might be easier to work with and less likely to have the tea leaves escaping into your brew.

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    May 2, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      May 3, 2022 at 6:44 am

      Thank you Beth!

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    Amanda lake
    May 5, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Great idea. I’m going to make some of these for myself too.

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    April 5, 2023 at 11:46 am

    What a great idea, my aunties are coming to stay in a few weeks, and I think this will make a great high tea addition!

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      April 5, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      awww yes Amelia that would be so sweet! <3 You will have to share a photo of of how they come out!

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    Kim Carberry
    April 28, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    What a fantastic idea. I had no idea you could make your own tea bags. I love the little photos, that is such a sweet extra.

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    Rachel Harper
    April 29, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Such a great idea. I plan to share on Sunday.

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    Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers
    May 3, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    What a sweet idea to use photos!

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      May 3, 2023 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you Allyson! It’s such a great gift idea <3

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    May 5, 2023 at 5:33 am

    Nicolle, this is such an adorable project… love the use of the photos.
    Thank you for sharing your DIY homemade tea bags at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this project at today’s party and pinning too.

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    May 8, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Such a thoughtful gift, Nicolle!
    We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

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    Renae Frey
    May 8, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Such a fun idea. I love the photo as the tag. You are so creative. Hugs and blessings to you.

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    Life Images by Jill, West Australia
    May 9, 2023 at 5:51 am

    I loved the DYI teabags. I am sure your Mum appreciated the effort you put in. And such lovely china! Enjoy your week, stay safe. I am joining you at Mosaic Monday this week.

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    Heidrun ⛱
    May 12, 2023 at 11:00 am

    What a lovely idea. Thank you being part of


    I enjoyed your post again so much.
    Hugs by Heidrun

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    Kristen Osborne
    April 8, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    This is such a beautiful gift idea. My mom would love to receive handmade tea bags like these. Thank you for sharing!

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    Joanne Viola
    April 12, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    This is such an incredibly sweet gift! Thanks for sharing it!

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    Susan Sikes
    April 15, 2024 at 9:41 am

    I love this! They are adorable!

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    Carolyn | The Organic Gypsy
    April 16, 2024 at 1:38 am

    What an amazingly clever idea! I did not realise one could do this! I just love the photos stuck to them. Brilliant idea. Thank you so much.

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    Becky ~ The Vixens Den
    April 16, 2024 at 7:03 am

    What a thoughtful and meaningful presentation! Thank you so much for sharing this idea. I’m thinking of ways to use it for an upcoming baby shower tea party! I’m so excited to feature these in this week’s Whimsy Home Wednesday link party!

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    April 17, 2024 at 9:41 pm

    What a lovely gift to give. I have lots of loose tea, so these are on my list of things to make. Congratulations, you are being featured on TFT. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2024/04/how-to-projects-n-tft.html

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    April 18, 2024 at 10:21 am

    Lovely! We have a great local tea company that sells loose tea so this is perfect. And what a great gift idea too. Featuring when my link party opens.

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