February is on it’s way and although it is still January, store shelves are already stocked with Valentine’s Day items. While handing out the generic Valentine’s Day card is nice, handing out something that is personalized and handmade is a great way to show someone you care. Why not try your hand with a homemade sharpie mug filled with candy and tea. Your family and friends will be impressed with your artistic abilities and your thoughtfulness.
– Plain oven safe mug (any color you want or fine)
-Oil based sharpie paint pen
I found my mugs at the 99 cent store but you can fine plain mugs at Michael’s. I even found some nice ones at Ross.
Find your favorite quote or design and let your creativity take over. If you don’t like your design you can simply remove it with rubbing alcohol and start all over. The great thing about these mugs is that you can customize it to fit whoever you are making it for!
Place your mugs into the oven BEFORE you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Doing this allows your mugs to heat up with the oven and reduces your risk of cracking the cup. After you turn your oven on, set a timer for 30 minutes. Once your 3o minutes is up, turn your oven off and let your mugs cool completely in the oven. While your mugs cool you can start making your personalized tea bags.
Homemade Tea Package
-Assorted tea bags
-Paper in assorted colors
-Chalk board sticker labels (or whatever labels you like and find)
Pick your favorite tea or maybe a flavor you think your loved one would enjoy and remove it from the package.
Remove the tag at the end of the tea bag. You will be creating your own personalized tea bag tag.
Take any plain paper (I used an index card because I thought it was thicker than printer paper) and cut it into thick strips. Fold your strip in half ensuring you have enough room to write your message.
For fun I cut the edges off of the tab to create the look of the tea bag tag.
Write your special message onto the tag. You can write something on both sides to give your loved one twice the sweetness. Place a piece of tape on on side of the tag and lay the tea bag string on top of the tape. Fold over the other side of the tag and press down firmly to ensure both pieces are stuck together.
Creating the tea bag packaging sounds like a lot of work but your loved one will be impressed by the extra step, plus it just looks cute!
Measure out the width of the tea bag. Make sure you leave extra room on the sides to glue it together. Once its measured out cut the paper and keep the whole length of the paper because you need to fold it over to create the pouch.
Fold over the sides to fit the tea bag. Once its folded, open it back up and glue the sides together and press firmly to ensure a tight seal. You can then cut the excess paper off the top but make sure you leave enough to fold over to close the pouch.
Place a label on your tea packet and write the name of your tea. You can even create a fun name for your tea and draw pictures. I used these fun chalk board labels I found at Michael’s and a white gel pen. Just make sure you let the ink dry a little because I made the mistake of getting too excited and I smudged my label after I flipped it over.
You are now ready to fill the packet with your tea bag and seal it with a cute heart sticker.
The tutorial is almost over! Hopefully I didn’t bore you to sleep. Here comes the fun part!! You get to fill your cup up with all the fun goodies you got for your loved ones. I decided to fill mine up with lots of candy and a fun heart straw I got at the 99 cent store. I also found these cute heart shaped candy containers and I decided to fill them up with hot tamales. You can put anything you want in the cups. I thought about a Starbucks gift card because they always have cute designs and they have a nice Valentine’s day one out now.
And we are done! Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this and if you didn’t, then thank you for at least taking a peek. Hopefully you enjoyed this and found some inspiration for creating a gift for your loved ones any time of the year!