DIY Tea Holder from Scrapbook Paper

diy tea bag holder scrapbook paper craft

Tea is such a good gift. You can share it any time: when someone is sick, for special occasions, for fun… Whenever really. But it’s no fun to just give people a box of tea. It’s much more exciting to gift in unique packaging.

This tea bag holder is wonderful and makes gifting just a few teabags more personal.

You only need a few supplies and you might have them in your craft box already.


scrapbook tea -holder supplies

Paper tea bag holder supplies

  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper
  • ruler (optional)


scrapbook paper square

Step 1: cut a scrapbook paper square

Cut a square in your scrapbook paper.





Step 2: fold the points inward

Turn the paper so one of the points is facing upward.

Place the teabag at the top for measurement and fold the points on the right and left inward like in the image above.


tea bag gift bag

Step 3: fold the teabag holder to stand on its own

Create an A shape in the center of the paper. This will help the tea bag holder to stand on its own.

Start by folding the points at the top and bottom together so the inside of the holder is facing outward.

Then, fold them inward about an inch from the center folder on both sides to create the shape above.


scrapbook paper tea bag gift bag

Step 4: tie the teabag holder shut

Punch a hole in the top of the teabag holder, push a ribbon through and tie it closed.


diy paper tea holderscrapbook tea container

You’re ready to gift your tea! You’ll be able to fit a few teabags in the newly created holder. Perfect for a quick, thoughtful gift.

Happy crafting!


The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their August craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Cardboard Scarf Organizer
Heather from ShiftMama: Garden Solar Light Upgrade
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make an Eastern Inspired Card Trio
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Keychain Using Old Jewelry
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Crochet Hoop Wall Art

DIY Lemon Essential Oil Car Air Freshener

DIY lemon car air freshener

Over the last few years, I’ve made and tested a lot of air fresheners. Essential oil air fresheners are my favorite because I know I’m not breathing in crappy chemicals, they smell wonderful and the scent lingers for a long time. Today, I want to make an air freshener for my car.

To make one of your own, you’re going to need the following:


car air freshener supplies

Felt lemon air freshener supplies

  • felt
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • lemon oil
  • hot melt glue and gun (not pictured)
  • a lid with different sized top and opening*

*You don’t necessarily need a lid. You just need two circles that are different sizes, one a little smaller than the other.

The lid I chose had a smaller top than opening. It worked well for this project.


felt lemon supplies

Step 1: cut out the pieces for the lemon

Trace your circles on two different pieces of felt. One should be yellow and the other should be off white or a lighter yellow.

Cut them out.


felt lemon in-progress

Step 2: cut your lemon in half

Cut both circles in half and glue the lighter yellow felt on top of the yellow.


lemon air freshener

Step 3: add lemon triangles

This step is a little tricky and it comes in parts.

A. Trace and cut another circle in yellow felt. This cicle should be the size of your smaller circle. Then cut it in half. I cut mine down just a little bit smaller by eyeballing it. Feel free to use another small circle stencil if you need to.

B. Cut the half circle into 4 segments. These are going to be little yellow triangles you see in the image above.

C. Glue your triangles in place.

Don’t think about it too much, or you’ll overdo it.


DIY lemon car air freshener

Add many drops of lemon essential oil onto the little yellow triangles. (The lemon oil is tinted, so it will stain the white felt.) Maybe 10-20 depending on your scent preference.

You’re finished. Now you can place your air freshener anywhere in your car you’d like. You can even use a hole punch and tie a ribbon through it if you want to hang it over your mirror. I think I’m leaving mine in my center console.

Try to make air fresheners with other fruit shapes an colors too. Limes and grapefruits might be a good option!

Let me know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy crafting!!



DIY Notebook Pen Loop

notebook with pen loop

Every notebook should have a pen loop. Notebooks and pens are like partners in crime, right? One without the other is useful, but they’re better together. My Moleskine notebooks included.

I get tired of digging in my purse for something to write with so it was time to make a pen loop for my notebook. It was surprisingly simple and takes 1 minute to create, literally.

pen loop supplies

Pen loop supplies

  • pen
  • scissors
  • notebook
  • hot melt glue
  • elastic ribbon


notebook pen holder

Step 1: measure and cut your ribbon

Choose a thin pen to use as your foundation for measurement. Since the loop is elastic, it will expand for your larger/wider pens.

Wrap the elastic ribbon around the body of the pen. Pinch the ribbon where it meets and make sure there’s about half an inch of ribbon available before you cut it. Use the image above as a reference.


elastic pen loop

Step 2: hot glue the ribbon edges

While still holding the ribbon in place, remove the pen and glue the ends together. You want to leave space for the body of the pen. Glue from where you’re pinching the ribbon to the ends.


make a pen holder for notebooks

Step 3: choose the placement of the pen loop

Put the pen back into the loop. Then, open your notebook to the back and decide where on that back cover you want to place the loop.

You might want to use a pencil to mark the location.


diy notebook pen loop

Step 4: glue the loop to the inside of the back cover

Hot glue the ribbon in place and let it dry.


You’re done!

If you’re an artist and carry a sketchbook, or someone who carries a planner or bullet journal, this will be so helpful!

I wish I would’ve done this when I was a student. The elastic ribbon is so cheap and it doesn’t take long at all to make the pen loop. I could’ve glued one of these to every notebook I ever used for class.

Now they’re on every sketchbook and notebook I frequently use.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!