DIY: Carnation-tied Tea Bags

Are you stuck for a last minute treat for mum this Mother’s day? This little idea is so very sweet and it’s sure to make your mum smile! Here’s a little twist on the classic gifting of carnation flowers in the form of a DIY carnation tea bag. It’s easily be done, and the thoughtfulness of the gift shines through with every sip. You can bet that nothing is more relaxing than a warm brew of chamomile or rose made brimming with love!

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Materials

– Your mum’s favourite tea
– White thin crepe paper
– Pink crepe paper
– Pink watercolour paint (optional)
– Floral tape
– Floral wire

Tools:
– Scissors
– Fringing scissors (optional)

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Step 1: Cut out three strips of white crepe into rectangular of 5 x 20cm, with the length against the grain.

Step 2: Stack together, fold in half three times, then cut according to the petal shapes as shown in the photo. If you’d like to paint the edges of the petal pink, now would be the time to do it. Make sure that your brush is not too wet as you don’t want to break the paper.

Step 3: Fringe the tips of the petals with scissors to create that crinkly look of carnations.

Step 4: Start making the flower by taking floral wire and wrapping the first strip of petals, pinching and gathering at the base of the flower. When you complete the first strip, secure with floral tape (make sure you stretch out the tape slightly to activate its stickiness).

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 by wrapping the second strip of petals, securing with tape, and wrapping with the third strip, securing with tape.

Step 6: Finally, fluff out the petals gently from the outer layers to the inner layers, depending on how open you’d like for the bloom to be.

Step 7: Cut out excess floral wire at the end. Make a cup of tea for mum, and tie the end of the teabag to the carnation!

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