Monday, February 1, 2010


Tea Bag Roses

tea bag (already used)
glue (I used glue gun)
nimble fingers =0)

Just a little note on my tutorial:
I have started using glue sticks and toothpick to glue my roses as I go.
No burnt fingers!!!!
And you get to use that last little bit of glue you
can never get out of the bottom of the stick. =)

already used tea bag
black tea bags work best
(Herbal does not have much color)
Black tea= brown rose
raspberry tea= pink rose

open tea bag up
(you can either carefully open by little seam,
or just cut open)
dump out grounds.

After paper is dry, cut into 3 or 4 strips lengthwise.
(I usually do 4)

On right side of strip, fold corner down as shown.
Begin rolling towards you, tightly, to end of folded piece.
This will be the center of your rose.

Continue to pinch together at bottom,
gather, and roll with your fingers.
The 'gathering' keeps the rose fuller.
As you go be sure the center of rose stays lower
than the outside 'petals' you are making.
Think of how real roses are.

As you can see in above photo,
I am pinching bottom with my middle and ring fingers.
I am also using my right hand to help roll, but had to take pic with it. =))
Sometimes I kind of scrunch top edge to add interesting folds to top of rose.
You will get better at this as you practice.
(My first ones were horrible!
You might call them zero personality roses.) =0)

At end, fold corner down towards outside, and hot glue.
(careful! The glue goes right through the paper)
Then twist bottom of rose as tightly as you can.
(see photo below.)

I then just put my roses aside till ready to use.

To glue to project:

Hold rose gently by pretty part, and snip
off the pointy end that is gathered tight.

(See the little end laying there?
You can actually fluff that up and make the teeniest rose ever!!)

Put hot glue all over this cut end and glue it to your project.
(You can also glue bottoms of a bunch of roses and put aside.)
I've just always done it all in one step.
After it is glued on, just kind of gently
fluff to shape you want.

Adding leaves:
Occasionally, when I have a little spot that needs filling, I will make leaves.
Just double a piece of your tea bag strip, and cut out a leaf shape,
cutting one end straight across, and the other end pointed.
gather the flat end a bit, and glue where desired.
(again, be careful if you are using hot glue,
it gets hot right through the paper.)

Sample below is with leaves.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

It is always the first couple that take more time, and patience.
So keep trying!!

If you do up some roses,
I would love to show off your pieces to my blogging friends.

Barbara Jean

NOTE added 7/15/10

I would now recommend cutting the tea bag in thirds or
half till you get the hang of it.
It is easier to hold on to.
Then you can go to the tiny roses later.


Pink Princess said...

What a great idea to use the teabags! Have to try this someday.

Hugs from Marian

Regina said...

Hello Barb. Nice idea.
Thank you for sharing.
Great post.
Have a lovely week.

chicroses said...

Thankyou so much for showing how to make the roses.Now will have to try it soon. Hugs Sally

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Never thought about using used tea bags for anything! What a great idea.


Diane said...

Thank you so much this tutorial--I am definitely going to try this!!

★Carol★ said...

Another amazing idea from you! And I like that everything I need is right here in my house. Thanks for the great tutorial!
Happy Monday!

Sherrie said...

Thank you for taking the time to prepare this tutorial. It is work. We go through a lot of tea bags at my house, so I am excited to give this a try. Thank you. P.S. I loved the baby shoe one as well. I already found a pair at Goodwill that I am going to practice on. Thanks.

Claudia said...

What a great idea, Barbara Jean. Thanks so much for the tutorial!


Cath's Pennies Designs said...

Are you kidding me? Here I thought you would use the TEA in the teabags but you're using the PAPER! Amazing idea and terrific tutorial. :)

Tami said...

Babara Jean...this is such a cute idea, thanks for sharing!!

My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Barbara Jean.

Hope you are doing well. I am sorry I have not visited in the past couple of weeks. Thank you for sharing your rose tutorial with us today!

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Hugs, Sharon

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

These are just so pretty. I love them, but boy I don't know if I can do this or not. I will have to give it a try. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

Another excellent tutorial! You make it easy to understand & the pictures are wonderful. Guess what, I did my ballet slippers! They turned out great. I posted them today & linked to you. Lisa

Caroline said...

I love this idea. I made bread dough roses last year...I still have yet to use them. However they look pretty in the little dish that I have them in!

SharDon Exclusives said...

I love it! Now I must go have a cup of tea so that I will not waste..."waste not want not"!! Thank you,

Carita Oksa alias Cassu said...

Hi! I just found your blog and this is a great tutorial. So I try to do few roses too. You can find them from my blog. -Carita-

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

can't wait to try this

Monica said...

Hello Barbara,
many thanks for your visit and lovely comment about my ribbon roses- I had to check your tutorial too!;))
They're sooo tiny and pretty! I've never heard of recycling used teabags- great idea to go green!

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Hi Barb! I made some of your tea bag roses last night & posted them for White Wednesday! Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial! I can't wait to use them on a project!

Joyfulsister said...

Aloha Barb..
I just love your blog, I love pink roses!!! I can't wait to try these roses, like you said it will probaby take a few tries, but I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for sharing this!!

Blessings Lorie

Shopgirl said...

Thank you so much...I make tags for Bazaar in the fall, this could be a wonderful addition. I will give it a try and then share the out come.
Hugs, Mary

Kendra said...

Thank you sooo much for sharing this tutorial! I've been wanting to try these gorgeous little flowers on my creations, but didn't want to spend all that money if I didn't like it... now I can make my own :) I'll share when I get a chance to do this (soon I hope)!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my....I probably drink about six cups of tea per day....I can't even imagine how many roses I've pitched. Darn it.

Love this tip..

Warm blessings,

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, these are gorgeous!!! THANKS so much for the tutorial...I found it on google! Also, I'm having a drawing on my site and your welcome to come add your name...It's



Wow. These roses are gorgeous! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.
~ Julie

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

wow what a great idea, thanks for the tutoral!

Jeany said...

Hello Barbara, come here trough DIOL, where you work showed, thank you for this nice tutorial. best wishes from Jeanys Brunnen, germany

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Betty said...

Hi Barbara Jean, your little tea bag roses are so sweet, I made some to use in decorating a bottle. They look great, thanks so much for sharing this great idea! Hugs

Terry said...

Dear Friend, I just spent an enjoyable very long time browsing your site. You are the most creative person! I miss being there to be a part of your dream come true. So very happy for you.
Love always, Terry

nádya said...

I loved your tea-bag roses!!!!! They look so delicate and I kept one bag and left it drying hope I can show some roses...thanks a lot for sharing this tuto...cheers, Nadya

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I love it...great idea and looks like such fun to make. Teabags, who knew? Have a wonderful weekend my friend. xoso Sandy O

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

These are so pretty -- I'll have to give this a try as there would be so many great uses for these!

d'une grande ouverture d'esprit said...

Hello Barbara Jean,
Thx for the great Tutorial.
I have one question.
Do you use all four stripes for one rose?
Or do you use these for four roses??
I woul'd love it to get help of you.
Thank you, creativemaman.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Barb,
Those little roses are just darlings! AND I love the finished product at the end! What a clever way to get every once of goodness out of our tea..."SWEET"!!!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Big Hugs,

Unknown said...

the great idea. I will try to do it and of course a great blog.