Monday, July 9, 2012

Tea Caddy Tutorial

Well it has been a busy few weeks here at home so my poor little blog has taken the hit!!!! Well I am back and I have missed being here.

So there I was wandering the internet and I started coming across all these fabulous Tea Caddy boxes. I knew I had to make one and then show everyone at demos how to do it so I tried some of the different sizes out there and these measurements kept popping up again and again.and the tea bags I have just fitted perfectly inside the box. I don't know who the original creator is of these boxes but whoever you are are genius!!!! :)

First of all don't panic and start thinking this is a hard project. Once you get going on it you will be amazed how easily it comes together.  

Ok, so the measurements are all in inches. Take your time, read the instructions through, ,follow the photos and you should have no problems. Don't forget to breathe between the start and the finish!!!!!!

 Cut card stock to 6” x 12”
Score down the long part of the card at 1”
Score down the short part of the card at  3 1/6 , 5 ¾ , 8 13/16 , 11 ½
Score up on the second panel of the card from the left at 1 ¾ (or ¾ past the 1” scored line)
Now cut out the section on the second panel up to the 1 ¾ line you just scored – (see photo)

 Cut out the bottom tab section on the right hand side.
 This is what your project should look like now.
 Cut a small V shape out of the two sections that have a score between them to make them into large tabs.
Now is the time to decorate your box before you join it together. 
Place double sided tape on the long side tab section.
 Once your box is decorated join it together as shown below.
 This is what the box will look like now.
 Place some double sided tape on the tabs at the bottom of the box and join the tabs together.
That's your box basically made so pop it to the side and we will finish it off after we make the lid.

Tea Caddy Lid
Cut a piece of card stock to 4¼ x 45/8
Score at ¾ "on all sides
Cut tabs into the lid by cutting a straight line on the large tab side and on the small tab side cut in at an angle.This will help the small tabs fold in neatly when you are joining the lid together.

Using a bone folder strengthen all the score lines.
Cover the lid with your papers.
 Place double sided tape on the small tabs and join everything together to make the lid.

Base to go under the Tea Caddy.

Cut cardboard ( I used a section cut from the front cover of a pack of core card or you can use card from a cereal box or anything close to hand)  to 3” x 3 3/8 .  Place two pieces of double sided tape on the card.
 Cut a piece of your designer paper slightly larger then the cardboard.
 Take the tape off the card and place it into the center of the back of the designer paper.
 Now put double sided tape around all four corners of the cardboard.
Cut off the corner of the overhanging paper but don't cut right to the corner of the card as we don't want any corners peeking out. Leave a little gap as shown.
 Take the backing off the double sided tape and fold the paper down onto the exposed tape.
 Now cut a piece of paper slightly smaller then the cardboard and glue it over the exposed cardboard.
 It should have a nice neat finish like shown below.
 Place double sided tape on the bottom of the Tea Caddy box.. Expose the tape and join the tea caddy to the base you have just created. Take your time doing this as you want the box bottom flaps to stand straight on the base.
Cut a piece of paper to glue inside the box to cover the exposed flaps on the box.
 Decorate the outside. Pop in some tea bags and put the lid on.  You are done. Now go have a cup of tea. You deserve it!!!

As you can see below I went a bit mad on making em!!!!!

The first box is made using theDocrafts Enchanted Fairy paper and decoupage, the second box is made using the Oriental papers and coins that Docrafts had out a couple of years ago and the third is using the Henbury Lane papers also from Docrafts the newer Lucy Cromwell papers would work wonderfully on this project also.
Happy Crafting everyone.


  1. HUn this is AMAZING.. Just love it, and what a fab present that could be :-) especially here in Ireland lol

  2. WOW These are fantastic. I love them all and they would indeed make fabulous presents. Thank you for sharing.

    Linda xxx

  3. this is FANTASTIC! now i can put my teabags onthe side and not hide them in the cupboard, thanks so much xx

  4. Stunning and fabulous tutorial! Elaine-xxx-

  5. Oh Wow love this....thanks for the tutorial as

  6. oh my goodness what a super little tea caddy ... love the design and oh you make it look soooo easy ... thank you for sharing it with us ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  7. wonderful, thanks for sharing, i have a few friends already in mind to make these for!!

  8. WOW! These are all fabulous! xx

  9. Wow what a great idea , all your tea caddy,s are beautiful, Thank you Cliona for sharing will have to have a go xxxxx

  10. A great tutorial - thanks.
    You have been busy! Love them all!

  11. what a great project - i think i will have to add this to my long list of 'projects i'll have to try'. my mil loves her fancy teas so maybe this can be part of her xmas pressie!!!
    kathleen mc xx

  12. wow! These are wonderful. I love the design and the way you have decorated each one. Thank you for lovely clear instructions


  13. A fantastic project, and your finished caddies are gorgeous, thank you for sharing the instructions

  14. fantastic tut
    hugs linda xxx

  15. just made one of these it was a little fiddly but managed it ended up with 2 lids (the first didn't fit)
    thanks for sharing XX

  16. Wow I am just speechless it is absolutely stunning and the tutorial is great xx

  17. wow this is stunning thank u for sharing the tutorial
    linda x

  18. Hiya Cliona,

    Really fab tea caddy, but can you tell me where you buy the wrapped tea bags from ??

    hugs Diane xx

    1. Hi Diane,
      You can buy the Tea Bags in Lidl or Aldi or you can get great flavored tea ....lemon etc in any grocery shop (Tesco for me) or a lot of Health Food Shops would have them as well.

  19. What a lovely gift these would make, your tutorial is brilliant, thanks for sharing x

  20. Fantastic papercraft creations. Such a fab way of making a small gift for somebody or to use in your own home.

  21. Thanks for sharing these are really useful. Tinaxx

  22. Great Tutorial! Great Gift Idea!
    Dawn xxx

  23. Wow these are amazing! Thanks for the tutorial xxx

  24. wow this is great thank you for shearing and tutorial xxx nicky xx

  25. What a fabulously fun project and great tutorial. TFS xx

  26. Wow Cliona - thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

  27. What a lovely idea and not just for tea bags x

  28. Fabulous creation.. Thanks for taking time to do this fantastic tutorial... simply Brillant!! Hugs May x x x

  29. Hey,

    Another gorgeous and useful tutorial from you...thanks so much for sharing..

    Its a great idea and you have exexuted it beautifully...

  30. Just visiting your blog for the first time, thanks for sharing the tutorial for this tea caddy, I've seen them around but not the instructions. They'd make great gifts. I'll be back to visit again soon. Helen (Sydney)

  31. Wonderful tutorial, will have a go soon. I'm a beginner at making boxes etc, but instructions look good. Thankyou, Jean.

  32. I love these tea caddy boxes. Great for making as a gift set - ooh... could make one with a box of little jams etc..... that's my mother in law sorted for her birthday then!
    Great tutorial... xxx

  33. great tut thank you x

  34. Brilliant tutorial. A lovely idea and you could use it for face pads also:-)

  35. Hi Cliona
    Enjoyed demo today loved the tea caddy cant wait too have a go Mary x

  36. wow... lovely project n thanks for d tutorial :-)