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Make Butterfly Tea Bag Holders

Make Butterfly Tea Bag Holders
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The kids are back to school and there is a crisp chill in the air.  It’s the season for reuniting with warm drinks and comfort foods.  These Butterfly Tea Bags are a novel way of enjoying your tea, especially with a friend.  If you have young children in your life, these also make a fun addition to a tea party.

The butterflies sit on the edge of the tea cup while the tea is seeping.

Butterfly Tea Bags
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Butterfly Tea Bags

Materials for Butterfly Tea Bags:

  • Butterfly stickers or butterfly images
  • Colored paper (the same color as your butterfly works best)
  • Small piece of thick paper (about 1 1/2″x 1/2″ per tea bag)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tea bags
  • String

Directions to Make Butterfly Tea Bags:

  1. Apply the butterfly images onto the colored paper.  If you are using stickers, simply seal them onto the paper.  If you are using butterfly pictures (i.e. from a digital download of butterfly images) then glue the image to the paper.  
  2. Cut out the butterfly shape.
  3. Fold the butterfly in half so that the image of the wings is visible on the outside.
  4. Cut out a small rectangle of thick paper or thin cardboard to about 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ and fold it in half.  Repeat this step for each butterfly you are making.
  5. Cut a piece of string about 3″ long.  Tie the butterfly onto the paper strip– lay the string along the body of the butterfly and and then tie in the crease where the paper folds.  Trim any excess string.
  6. Apply glue to the string to help secure the butterfly in place.  You want the butterfly to be resting it’s body along the apex of the paper fold.
  7. Allow the glue to dry.
  8. Cut the tag from a tea bag.  Trim the string to the desired length.  The cups I use are more shallow than mugs, so I cut the string short.
  9. You can use glue or tape to attach the string to the inside of the paper fold.
  10. Place the paper fold over the rim of a cup and your butterfly will rest on the rim.
  11. Make sure to hold the butterfly in place as you pour water into your cup otherwise it will take a swim!
Butterfly Tea Bags
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Butterfly Tea Bags


If you enjoyed making these butterflies, try other ways to transform traditional tea bags into whimsical or custom designs.  Here are some others I experimented with:

Tea bags with quotes
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Tea bags with quotes
Tea bag with rainbow
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Tea bag with rainbow
Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
Updated Monday, September 9th, 2013

One Response to Make Butterfly Tea Bag Holders

  1. Pat July 20, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    RE: Butterfly tea bags…. Looks as if these would be a “One Time” use gift. How can you attach the new tea bag? ???

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