DIY Tea Bag Holders

DIY Tea Bag Holder

Use three every­day ingre­di­ents from the kitchen to make these cute tea bag hold­ers! You and your kids will enjoy mak­ing and shap­ing baking-soda clay into mush­rooms, ghosts, and birds for teatime companions.

DIY Tea Bag Holders

This dough is smooth and silky, nice to manip­u­late. It’s non­toxic and safe for kids of all ages. It can be baked or you can leave it out to dry. Once dry it can be sanded and painted. It takes kindly to acrylic paints and pens of all sort and can be stamped and sealed with var­nish or Mod Podge.

DIY Tea Bag Holders

It’s bet­ter than salt dough if you’re look­ing for a porce­lain fin­ish. When com­pletely dry, it is white, sparkly, hard, and sturdy enough to be han­dled but still del­i­cate. It’s cheap, sim­ple, and beautiful!

Note: If you want a really tough mate­r­ial try air-dry clay, porce­lain, or Fimo.

Make a batch of tea bag hold­ers and put into a tiny cot­ton bag for gift giv­ing! Or make your own Hal­loween ghosts to enjoy a spooky tea.

DIY Tea Bag Holders

What You Need

For the Corn­starch Dough

  • 2 cups bak­ing soda
  • 1 cup corn­starch (corn flour)
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water
  • Big sauce pan
  • Spoon
  • Parch­ment paper
  • Plate
  • Damp cloth

For Mod­el­ing

  • Tooth­pick or bam­boo skewer
  • Marker, paint, food col­or­ing, glitter
  • Var­nish, shel­lac, or nail polish
DIY Tea Bag Holders

Bak­ing Soda Dough Recipe

Step 1
Mix ingre­di­ents on medium heat and bring to a boil, stir­ring con­stantly for 1–2 mins until mix­ture is sim­i­lar to mashed pota­toes. Trans­fer to a plate. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to cool (about 40 min­utes) or spread it on parch­ment paper to cool faster. You can keep left­over dough in a Ziploc bag in your fridge.

Step 2
Knead the dough on parch­ment paper (adding a bit of water if it’s dry or more corn­starch if it’s sticky) until it’s a nice smooth texture.

Your dough is now ready to shape!

DIY Tea Bag Holders


Step 1
Roll the dough into a 1-inch ball.

Step 2
Shape the dough with your hands as shown above.

Step 3
Make a slot by push­ing a tooth­pick up into the bot­tom of the clay. Make sure the front flap of the slot is shorter than the back flap to pre­vent the bird from tip­ping backward.

Step 4
Fit your molded dough on the edge of a thick cup; keep mold­ing until you get a nice bird­like shape.

Step 5
Use a tooth­pick to shape the beak.

DIY Tea Bag Holders


Let the birds dry on the edge of the cup for one day; remove and wait until they’re com­pletely hard, 2 to 4 days, depend­ing of the size and thick­ness of your fin­ished piece. (Mine took 4 days.) Or bake them with the birds on the edge of the cup one of the fol­low­ing ways to speed up the dry­ing time: at 175 degrees for one hour, 150 degrees for 2 to 4 hours, or heat the oven to 350 degrees and turn it off, let­ting the clay cool in oven. (My air-dried birds were harder than the baked ones.)

DIY Tea Bag Holders


Fol­low the same steps for mak­ing the ghost, mod­el­ing and mak­ing the slot. Let them dry on the edge of a cup for one day or bake as described above. Once dry use a pen to draw the eyes.

DIY Tea Bag Holders


Step 1
Col­or­ing dough is eas­ier than paint­ing fin­ished pieces. Tint dough with a tiny amount of acrylic paint, food col­or­ing, or pow­dered paint. Knead into the dough and keep knead­ing until you have a homo­ge­neous color.

Step 2
Take one red-colored dough ball and another white dough ball. Join them and shape until you have a nice mush­room. Make a slot and dec­o­rate the red top with dots by press­ing in tiny white balls.

DIY Tea Bag Holders


Once dry, coat pieces with var­nish, nail pol­ish, or shel­lac to pro­tect, seal, and inten­sify the  col­ors. For a good seal apply 3 to 4 thin coats of polyurethane varnish.

DIY Tea Bag Holders

Your tea bags are now ready to party! Enjoy!

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  • Eri Win­ter

    Eva, is a fan­tas­tic idea you are very tal­ented, I love all the projects you do for Hand­made Char­lotte! Salu­dos desde Llevo el invierno !

  • Coco Cake Land

    eva that is such a sweet, fun and sim­ple idea! love it!

  • Mis­ako Mimoko Eva

    Thank you so much Lyn­d­say!! love all your cute tuto­ri­als! x

  • Mis­ako Mimoko Eva

    Gra­cias Eri!! qué sor­presa encon­trarte por aquí <3

  • Mis­ako Mimoko Eva

    Oh! Kris, this is not edi­ble, it’s just for dec­o­ra­tion.
    If you worry, just don’t bar­nish it and add only food col­or­ing.
    Hope you enjoy making!

  • Mis­ako Mimoko Eva

    Thank you so much Lyn­d­say!! love all your cute tuto­ri­als! x

  • Emily

    They stick to the glass and break when you try to take them off :( very unsuc­cess­ful diy