DIY tea bags are great to know how to make. We have this version, made with coffee filters, as well as how to make tea bags from cheesecloth.
I buy my favorite tea in loose-leaf and then use a strainer, which works perfectly fine. It does. But, the other day I couldn’t find my strainer and wanted to have my daily ginger tea! I remembered my Grandma making these DIY tea bags when she made my siblings and I sumac tea (has anyone else tried this?) so I tried my hand at a quick coffee filter tea bag, and was pleased it worked as well as I remembered.
Since that day a few years ago, making my own tea bags is something I’ve been doing for a bit, it works so well and allows me to use only what I need. DIY tea bags also makes fantastic gifts!
- coffee filters
- loose leaf tea
- Cut the coffee filter into a rectangle.
- Put your tea into the center (base your amount off of what you want in your tea bag…I read the recommended amount on my tea and use that amount).
- Fold the sides over into the middle.
- Set your finger in the center and then fold the two sides up onto each other.
- Fold the top down and staple. Put a piece of string on before (or after) stapling.
Note: I have had questions about the safety of the staples and string in the tea. 1. The string I use is baker’s twine, intended for food use. You can grab this in the kitchen department at most any store or grocer. The staples are a bit different. I don’t worry much about them because stainless steel is non-toxic. Or…you could try the ball technique that eliminates the need for staples entirely. Check out that technique on the tutorial for How to make coffee filters from cheesecloth or muslin.
The end. It really is that silly easy. Can you imagine the cute tea gifts that you could do with this?? I love this trick mostly because it eliminates the need for one more product in my already small house. Coffee filters can do double duty. And for those of you that drink tea only on special days…this is a great idea!