tea box

Unique Up-cycled Tea Box Of Memories

Charity here from Scrappin’ Chaos with a unique, up-cycled tea box for storing photo memories. Tea comes in a variety of flavors and packages. I purchase mine pre-bagged and in sweet, paperboard boxes. Our appetite for tea is prodigious, which leaves us with stacks of boxes. Being a crafter I find it hard to throw away anything I can reuse. One day, while sitting down with a cup of tea and a stack of photos with giant landscapes and tiny people I had a brilliant idea.

Tea Box of Memories
The Bohemian Romance paper collection has the perfect palette for memories. The water color greens and purples set off photos beautifully. The sheets of paint-it-yourself posies are a great way to add your own touch to a project. The handmade papers and fabrics included in the 8 x 8 paper pack allow you to add texture effortlessly. Clearly I am a BIG fan!!!
Empty box from tea bags
Canvas Corp Bohemian Romance 12×12 Paper: Love So Sweet
Canvas Corp Bohemian Romance: 8×8 Paper Pack
Canvas Corp Bohemian Romance: Journal Cards
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam: Lilac
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam: Luck O’ The Irish
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam: Organic Garden
Amazon Cutting Dies Flowers
Peachy Cheap Butterfly Die
Liquitex Matte Varnish
Love My Tapes Washi Tape: Gold Stars

Step 1: Have a tea party and empty an entire box of tea while enjoying each others company.
Step 2: Trace all sides of tea box onto Bohemian Romance: Love So Sweet. Cut and adhere to box. 
Step 3: Wrap all edges with gold washi tape.
Step 4: Paint varnish over both paper and tape to seal the box.
Step 5: Fussy cut the 8×8 Bohemian Romance: BoHo Dreams. Adhere to inner lid of tea box.
Step 6: Die Cut flowers from 8×8 Bohemian Romance mixed media papers. Paint with glimmer glam. 
 Step 7: Die cut butterflies from 8×8 Bohemian Romance papers. Trim off antennae then stack and adhere. Wrap and tie with a thread pulled from the burlap in the 8×8 Bohemian Romance paper pack. 
Step 8: Fussy cut flowers out of the gold, embossed paper in the 8×8 Bohemian Romance paper pack. Trim away extra petals to resemble a butterfly. Wrap and tie with a thread from the burlap included in the 8×8 Bohemian Romance paper pack. 
 Step 9: Adhere flowers, butterflies, strands of burlap, and fussy cut phrases to the box top and front. 
 Step 10:Cut Bohemian Romance Journal cards to fit in the box. Add photos and embellish with hand painted and fussy cut elements from the Bohemian Romance collection. 
Step 11: Turn a strand of burlap and a couple die-cut flowers into a string for your “tea bag”.
Take advantage of the dual sided lined Journal Cards and write sweet messages to Grandma on the backs of each “tea bag”.
 Step 12: Fill the box with photo cards and memories. Ship this heartfelt gift off to Grandma.
Drink more tea…repeat!!!
A tutorial for the large, pink flowers was previously posted as:
Painted Pansies With Bohemian Romance Paper
Stop by my blog or instagram for more ideas.
Craft On!
~Charity Hotrum~


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