Antiqued Tea Bag Holder

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 2-1/8"x3-1/2"

  • Antiqued Tea Bag Holder


  • Wooden box (with metal closure), 2-1/8"x3-1/2"
  • Leather cording, 22" length
  • Beads: five red, two silver
  • Metal charm
  • Tan cardstock or construction paper, scraps
  • Tea bags


  • DecoArt Americana: Acrylic Paints: Honey Brown, Lamp Black, True Red; Dazzling Metallics: Shimmering Silver
  • DecoArt Americana Staining Antiquing Medium
  • Inkpads: dark brown, black
  • Plaid Simply Stencil (#17429)
  • Rubber stamp, in design of choice
  • API Crafter's Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, plastic bowl, sponge scrap, paintbrush, stapler and staples, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. On covered work surface, mix one part Honey Brown with one part antiquing medium in plastic bowl. Use paintbrush to brush mixture on all areas of wooden box. Use paper towel to wipe excess from box.
  • 2. Paint top of box True Red, leaving 1/4" border unpainted. Paint metal closure Shimmering Silver. Let dry.
  • 3. Dab sponge scrap in brown inkpad and lightly brush box and metal closure (to create aged look).
  • 4. Position stencil on top of box. Use sponge scrap to dab stencil design with Lamp Black. Let dry.
  • 5. Glue metal charm on center of box lid.
  • 6. Measure and cut two 6" leather cording lengths. Thread red bead, silver bead, and red bead on each cording length; knot both ends. Glue beaded lengths on box lid.
  • 7. Measure and cut 10" leather cording length. Insert cording length through metal closure on box; knot lengths together. Thread bead on cording ends; knot ends together. Trim ends.
  • 8. For tea bags, measure and cut 1"x1-1/4" tan paper squares. Use rubber stamp and black inkpad to stamp design on squares. Use stapler to staple tags on ends of tea bags. Fill box with tea bags.