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Tea Bag Folding for Children and Beginners

Updated on June 12, 2017
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Ms. Venegas has been using origami to make rosettes and medallions since 2003. She shares art/craft techniques and ideas on the Internet.

Tea Bag Folding
Tea Bag Folding

Use This Paper Craft Idea for School Art Lesson

Children are especially drawn to my Farmer's Market paper craft display. Several have asked, "Did you make all these?"

Tea bag folding for children is fun and young people would enjoy learning and giving these paper crafts to friends and relatives.

Kids 10 and older can follow the tea bag folding instructions and card making ideas on their own with a little help on the supply gathering. Younger children can make greeting cards with guidance from someone older.

The fold in this lesson is a simple origami square base. I will show how the completed medallion can be used for birthday or Thank You cards that can be used later. Make four cards and keep them in the card box for the time when needed.

Craft Tip: Standard size 8.5 x 11 cardstock can make two A2 sized cards by cutting it in half.

Enjoy the easy paper crafts instructions and the time it offers with the children in your household.

Scrapbook paper for cards
Scrapbook paper for cards

What You Will Need to Make Four Greeting Cards

If you are a scrapbooker and have coordinating papers you can check your collection. Or make a trip to your favorite scrapbooking store or to Michael's with the young crafter and choose new prints and colors.

Look for one sheet of 12x12" paper of the thinner stock for easy folds and creasing with an over all pattern in a design your young folder likes, and a coordinating 12x12" sheet that can be used as background.

If you have A2 size envelopes two sheets of 8 1/2x11 inch matching cardstock will make four cards for the envelopes. Cut each sheet of cardstock in half.

I will be folding the brighter flowered paper to the far right. The others will be background.

  1. Two sheets of coordinating 12x12 inch scrapbooking paper.
  2. Two sheets of coordinating 8 1/2x11 inch cardstock to be cut in half for 4 cards.
  3. Four A2 envelopes. (4 1/2x5 3/4)

You will also need.

  1. white glue
  2. scissors
  3. paper cutter if you have one available
  4. four blank cards with envelopes or four envelopes to go with cards you cut yourself.
  5. matching scrap paper
  6. (optional) matching mini brads, ribbon, buttons

Bazzill Cardstock - Excellent for Card Making Projects

If you are paying less than 50 cents a sheet with shipping that is a good price.

You can get two A2 size cards from one sheet. Each card will measure 4.25 X 5.5

making medallions for greeting cards
making medallions for greeting cards

Cut the Tea Bag Tiles


Take the 12x12" sheet that has been selected for the folded medallions and first cut it into 2 inch strips.

Now cut the strips into 2 inches squares or tiles.

You will have 36 tiles to use for four medallions. Each finished medallion takes 8 tiles.

Note: Do not purchase the new stiff card stock scrapbooking papers. They usually are the selections that cost more. It is too thick to get a nice crease for the folds.

Start Folding the Origami Square Base


Each Medallion will take 8 tiles. You fold each tile side to side and corner to corner. Then use the index fingers to fold in two creases to get a layered square.

The following video shows the simple process.

Short Video on the Square Base

The Final Assembly


Gluing the medallion together is shown in the following videos.

Part One is getting it started and Part Two is finishing it. Click on photos below to get each part.

Making a star background
Making a star background

Now That You Have Your Medallions

I make most of my cards of cardstock that I cut myself. The purchased craft blanks are easy and perfect for the kids. These medallions will fit on 4.25 x 5.5" A2 and 5x7 inch cards. In the pictures here I used the 5x7 inch.

You can use squares, rectangles and circles or you can make an easy star to use as a background for the medallion or paper rosette.

To make a star cut two 3.5 inch squares from scrap paper. Line them up with the top square turned a quarter turn and glue it down.

Use it to trace your stars on the back of the paper you want to accent the medallion with.

Make a star background
Make a star background

Design Your Card


Now you can make various backgrounds for the medallions. Use the stars two ways as shown in the finished photos below. Tear the paper, use strips and fancy edged scissors.

For the center accent mini brads are easy and cute. I use buttons and beads I tie fish line on. A loose double knot is my most used accent. The ends of the knot or fish line are brought through the center hole and glued down between the back folds.

Use the photo squares to mount the embellishments onto the card so the inside does not get wrinkled from too much glue.

Three Finished Handmade Cards - Use this tutorial to make four greeting cards

Finished Greeting Cards
Finished Greeting Cards

Have Fun Making Cards

Color, motif, style is your choosing with this simple handmade embellishment. With four envelopes in the house, cards can be made for less than a dollar each and you will have some good moments with the kids in the family.

I had fun with my daughter making the videos.

My colors will be good for Father's Day.

Another Tutorial

Another fold called the water bomb with assembly like this one is illustrated at Tea Bag Folding.

© 2010 Sherry Venegas

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      @paperfacets: Another page that might give you some ideas here

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      @anshika-jain-338: Anshika, My first thought is ebay. If you have a paypal account maybe ebay will do the money exchange for you. Google scrapbook papers. Make your own tiles on the backside of office paper using handmade stamps and ink. Stamp in ink pattern on pages of an old textbook or sheet music. See this simple pattern using text book pages

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      Adele Jeunette 4 years ago

      Nicely-done site. I've seen examples of tea bag folding, and now I have good directions. I'll be sure to Pin it.

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      Deb Bryan 4 years ago from Chico California

      Awesome tea bag folding tutorial paperfacets! Congratulations on the well deserved purple star for this page. I love the idea to make these as Valentines Day cards. Great instructions.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Now, that's the way to do a 'how to' page ;) Now, if only I were good at crafts.....

      Seriously, awesome tutorial and instructions.