All I want for Christmas is…well. All year long I’m bubbling over with ideas, make plans how to get them and save them in my head as potential birthday/Christmas presents and then right before said events my head is completely empty. Everything I thought of (apparently, that file is lost) is gone and I’m left with a spinning head and people asking what they can give me for Christmas. And all I can think of is…coupons.
I am pretty sure that you can relate and I am aware that this problem can be solved by just writing a list once in a while. Well I’m not teachable as it seems. Additionally I am pretty dainty when it comes to presents, not in a monetary matter, but I want people to think about what I would like. I especially love to receive self-made gifts, even if it’s just a drawing. Okay, all that sounds pretty egoistic and materialistic (I feel baaaad!), but let’s face it: When Christmas is at your doorstep, you’re kind of concerned with that. I am actually mostly looking forward to the food!
But let’s not talk about receiving gifts, let’s talk about giving gifts, which is surely one of the most beautiful things you can do. It doesn’t have to cost much, it doesn’t even have to be tangible, it just has to come from the heart. I mean it. That’s why I try to craft at least a part of a present, and that’s why I already think about what to give to someone three months prior to Christmas. So when you are still looking for a self-made present, check out my DIYs!
- Tea filters
- Christmas-patterned gift wrap
- Needle and yarn
- Paper and pencil
For the Christmas tea blend:
- Black tea blend
- Cinnamon sticks
- Orange zest (dried)
- Dried cranberries
- Dried apples
- Candied ginger
Place a template on the bottom of the tea filter (right where the opening is) and trace the outlines with your pencil. Start sewing with needle and thread, but leave a hole to fill the filter later! Repeat this with the other filters.
Time to mix the tea! Mince the apples, cranberries and the ginger. In a mortar crush a piece of cinnamon stick, one anise capsule, one allspice grain and one clove. In a small bowl mix together half a tablespoon of black tea, the spices, ground vanilla, a bit of orange zest, apple and ginger. Stir a bit with a spoon. I made another blend with cranberries instead of apple, but you can mix them as well if you like!
With a tablespoon carefully start filling the tea bag until it’s full and you’re out of tea. Sew up the holes with needle and yarn and then finally cut the bag out of the filter. It’s much easier to handle if you do this in the last step.
Like yesterday, cut little stars out of the patterned gift wrap. Use a template as help. Cut out two for each tea bag as the tags will have a front and a back. Attach a piece of yarn to the top of the tea bag, then glue together front and back of the tag with the yarn in between.
This rather labour-intensive little project is another addition to my potential present list. Although it felt a bit archaic sewing everything by hand I felt all the more proud when everything was finished, and you will feel so as well! It’s an amazing gift for every tea lover. If you don’t want to mix the tea yourself you can use already mixed Christmas tea blend as well. Hope you are inspired!