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How to make DIY tea bags from coffee filter

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DIY tea bags are great to know how to make. We have this version, with coffee filters, as well as how to make tea bags from cheesecloth HERE. Ginger tea is my personal favorite (find the recipe HERE) and this Valentine for tea lovers is just the cutest.

DIY tea bags from coffee filters. Perfect for when you want to use loose-leaf. Or for gifting. #teabags #diy #gifts #tutorials

I wanted to know how to make a tea bag.  And if I wanted to know, it seems logical that some of you might as well.  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 that just made me mad.  I wanted to have delicious tea!  But since I am not the type to get mad and let that beat me, I tried my hand at a quick coffee filter tea bag (nothing like this, a bit more messy.), and was pleased it worked pretty well. I thought…what a cute and personal gift these diy tea bags could make!

For the record…tea is lovely. Tea is grand. Tea is soothing, and healthy, and happy. I drink lots, especially my Ginger Tea!

Making my own diy tea bags is something I’ve been doing for a bit, it works so well and allows me to use only what I need. 

Click here for the video tutorial.

  • You’ll need coffee filters, stapler, string and of course tea ( not pictured).
  • 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; brilliant I know!).
  • 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.

 The end. It really is that easy. I KNOW! Can you imagine the cute tea gifts that you could do with this?? Knowing how to diy tea bags now seems like a valuable life skill. A valuable skill to save money and make you feel like a superhero…score!

Make your own diy tea bags from coffee filters. Perfect for when you want to use loose-leaf. Or for gifting.

Maybe you aren’t feeling like making your own diy tea bags? We use these products in our home, and love them! Don’t feel bad if you just don’t have the time and energy to diy them…

T-Sac Disposable Tea Bags Use these if you want disposable tea bags for loose tea and don’t want
to make our diy version. They work great!
Of course, a tea infuser is super easy to use. You do have to wash it.
But, this fun little guy is probably worth it!

And our favorite tea… Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice ! Love this stuff!


Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Leila

    August 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I love this! I have loose tea at home plus I am thinking ahead to Christmas gift ideas! Perfect!

    • Nellie

      August 19, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thanks!! It’s such an easy little project and I am liking the idea of Christmas gifts! I may have to copy that idea this year!

  2. KEN

    February 15, 2015 at 7:26 am

    i dont know how to get the material for producing the tea bag and what type of seal is needed

    • Nellie

      February 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      These are made from coffee filters and closed with staples. You can find food grade staples on Amazon.

  3. Style Bits & Bobs of M.E.

    December 6, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    This is such a cool DIY. Now I can use my loose tea! Thanks for sharing :-) The tea bags are super cute!

  4. Jennifer

    December 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    How much tea do you put in each bag?

    • Nellie

      December 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

      I put about 1 heaping tablespoon but go according to how much your loose tea says should be used per cup. That will be the best tasting!

  5. Anonymous

    October 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Would the staple be bad to soak in tea though? Just wondering…

    • the Bellie

      October 13, 2014 at 9:19 am

      If that’s a concern for you, food-grade staples can be used. You can also simply stitch the top of the tea bag with a simple needle and thread. Takes a bit more time, but is way more cute anyway! We’re okay with the amount of time the staples are in our tea, but we don’t feel comfortable saying that others should necessarily be as well.

  6. Neda

    October 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Does it matter what size filter you use?

    • the Bellie

      October 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Not too much, but we find the smaller ones work really well. The bigger kind will just give you kind of big bags; they’ll still work though!

  7. Leah

    July 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Very helpful. I grow a lot of herbs and have been wondering how to put together some herbal teas into gift packages for family and friends…and frankly that piddly little tea ball I bought leaks out half of what I put in it. Thanks :)

  8. Alex

    June 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    For a fun added touch, I sewed the flap down with my sewing machine, and top stitched around the perimeter of the bag. It gave it a nice finished look. :)

  9. Tea Special

    March 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I made it for my mom, and she really loves it :) Thank you!!!

  10. Lucy

    January 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I came across this on pinterest and was so happy. I usually just put the tea in the middle and tied the filter, but it was bulky.
    Thank you for the new insight.

    • miznelliebellie

      January 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      I’m so glad!! I used to do it that way as well. One day I wanted to give some as a gift and wanted it prettier. So glad I did it!

  11. gail

    November 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    why can’t you make coffee bags the same way for those coffee machines?

    • miznelliebellie

      November 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Hey…that’s a though. I wonder??

      • Dee

        October 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        That’s a thought. You keep forgetting the last “T”.

        • Nellie

          October 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          I do!! I have spell check on my device that keeps doing that to me. I’ll have to watch it more carefully.

    • Diae

      October 1, 2014 at 5:37 am

      There are posts on YouTube on how to fill the cups for the coffee machines.

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