Learn how to make a simple tea organizer out of items upcycled from around your home.
I had so many different varieties of tea sitting completely unorganized in my kitchen cupboard, so when I was trying to come up with an idea to upcycle an old plastic box, I thought I’d tie them together.
I could organize my tea collection, upcycle the box, and make a simple DIY tea organizer all in one!
I’ve been enjoying making simple crafts recently. Most of you know I also love to sew, and those projects usually take me quite a bit longer, so there is something enjoyable about knowing I can get a craft like this finished in just an hour or two.
If you like the look of this project but aren’t a big tea drinker, you could also make a similar thing for your utensils, treat stash, or anything else you want to store in your home.
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Supplies for Your Tea Organizer
How to Make a DIY Tea Organizer
Like me, you’ll probably have everything you’ll need to make this storage container just lying around your home. Make sure you choose an airtight container so your teabags stay fresh.
You can use any patterned or colored paper you like. I used some wrapping paper I had on hand, but wallpaper would be a great option- it might even be longer-lasting.
Step One: Cover the Sides
Measure the length, width, and depth of your plastic box. My box measured roughly 30cm long, 15cm wide, and about 8cm deep.
The aim is to find out what each side measures in your box. My box has two sides that are 30 x 8 cm (the longer sides) and two shorter ends that are 15 x 8 cm.
I wanted to fold my paper in half so that you can see the patterned paper from the inside and the outside of the box, so I measured out rectangles double the height of the box. For example, for the 30 x 8 cm sides, I cut out a rectangle that was 30 x 16 cm.
I folded the paper in half and sello-taped it to the base and to the top of the box.
This is how it looked when I finished all the sides.
Step Two: Trace the Base
Next, I covered the base of my DIY tea bag organizer. I wasn’t bothered by the fact that this part wasn’t double-sided because you can’t see the underside of the box.
I traced around the box, cut it out with scissors, and sellotaped it to the side of the container. At this point, it was looking bright and colorful, and I realized it could also be used for storing utensils in the kitchen drawer.
As a side note, another great way to store kitchen odds and ends is to upcycle tin cans into storage containers.
Here is how the DIY tea organizer looked at this point, pretty right?!
Step Three: Make The Dividers
Once the box was covered, I cut out three dividers from cardboard. I just used the measurements I took earlier (the width and height of the box) to make sure the width of the panels was the right size.
The sturdier the cardboard, the longer your tea storage boxes will last.
Step Four: Cover the Dividers
I think a contrasting color might have worked well here, too, perhaps one of the colors already in the paper, like bright pink or light blue.
Play around with different designs to see what would look best sat on your kitchen counter.
Step Five: Add The Dividers
If you’ve made the dividers just the right size, they should fit snugly in. I secured mine with four small pieces of sellotape.
Next step, add tea! You could use ziplock bags for each section to make sure the tea bags stay fresh, but if the plastic container you used is airtight anyway, you won’t need to worry about this.
Finished DIY Tea Organizer
This is the finished tea organizer, I think it looks so sweet! I love that it’s added some organization to my kitchen cabinet.
I use different sections for each tea, including green tea and my favorite herbal tea. A small jar fits nicely into one of the sections, which is great for storing my loose-leaf tea.
This would make a really personal gift for tea lovers to sit next to their tea station with all their favorite teas. You could even fill it for them before you gift it!
Top Tips for Designing Your Own Tea Organizer
- As I was making it, I thought about making it more long-lasting by using fabric instead of paper, but I just wanted a quick and easy craft to sort out my teas. If you wanted to put in the extra effort, I think this would look really great with some contrasting floral fabrics for the sides and base, and a bright pink fabric for the dividers.
- Think about how many different teas you’d like to store in your organizer before you start making it. You could always add more or less dividers.
- Other tea bag storage ideas include using a wooden tea chest which you could decoupage, painted or covered cardboard boxes, mason jars, or tea tins.
- You could tie this plastic tea bag organizer into your kitchen decor by choosing similar colors to decorate your box with.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many different ways for tea enthusiasts to store tea bags and organize their collection.
Sorting teas by type makes them quick and easy to find. Use the organizational system that works best for you, whether it’s grouping them by flavors or caffeinated and decaffeinated.
Whether you’re storing tea bags or loose leaf tea, the general advice is the same: Store them in an airtight container in a dark and dry place, such as a cupboard or a pantry. Some tea storage ideas include keeping your tea in glass jars, in its original packaging, or in a bamboo tea organizer.
Your tea organizer doesn’t just need to be reserved for storing tea, it’s a great way to store other things, such as hot chocolate packets, coffee pods, and other food items. Tea organizers make great storage containers for any small kitchen or even office items.
Use them to organize that kitchen drawer full of all the odds and ends that don’t seem to have a proper home, or use them in your office to store paperclips, pins, sticky notes etc.
Printable Project Instructions
If you want to make your own tea bag holder, you can use these printable instructions. I’ve made them simple to follow, and kept each step to the point.
- Plastic Box
- Patterned Paper
Step One: Cover the plastic box with double-sided patterned paper. Sellotape the paper in place.
Step Two: Trace the base of the box onto patterned paper, cut it out, and stick it to the base of the box.
Step Three: Make three cardboard dividers the same width as the plastic container.
Step Four: Cover the dividers in patterned paper
Step Five: Sellotape the dividers in place inside the box.
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