Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 8th December which means I am sharing my 8th Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 8th DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
A CHRISTMAS TEA TREE
We all have a tea lover in our lives, and this is a really cute festive twist on their favourite beverage. It definitely looks like a Christmas craft project, but that’s because it is!
This would be great to fill out a Christmas food hamper if you have a space that needs filling-you could make these tea gifts as small or as large as you would like, just create a smaller base cone.
You will need:
- A3 piece of green card
- Green tea bags (with paper casing)
- Double sided tape/glue gun
Tip: ensure the green tea bags actually come in the paper casing, as some don’t. My favourite brand to use is Pukka.
Roll your piece of card into a cone shape and secure with sellotape. Here you can decide how large you would like the final product to be, and shape it accordingly.
This will leave you with an uneven edge on the bottom of the cone, trim away the excess card so that the cone stands up on its own and has a level bottom.
Next, you can start positioning your tea bags around the bottom of the cone, make sure that the overlap slightly. Once you are happy with the placement of them, you can start to stick them down. You can either use double sided tape or a glue gun, depending on your preference.
Once you have the first layer down around the bottom of the cone, you can begin to add the next layers until you reach the top of the cone. Make sure that there are no gaps showing through, and fill these in at the end if you have any.
No Christmas tea gifts are complete without a tree topper- now it’s time to get creative and see what you could add. I had some glitter foam sheets already which I used to cut out a star shape, but you could use just about anything!
If you are adding this to a food hamper, you could add a star shaped biscuit cutter on the top, or if you have some glitter lying around you could simply cut a star shape out of the discarded card, and cover it in glitter.
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland