I absolutely love tea. I often enjoy a cup of Chai tea in the afternoon, or one in bed in the evening while reading a good book - if you haven't tried the Bigelow Vanilla Chai, you really should. I love peppermint tea when I'm not feeling well, and lemon tea when my throat hurts, and green tea, well just because. Oh and let's not forget my love of high tea and devonshire tea.
I also have the worst kitchen design. My pantry is so small that I can never find a thing in there, which you may remember inspired me to create more kitchen storage. However the top shelf of the pantry contains even more baking supplies, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and various condiments. With tea being all the way in the back, which has been driving me batty for ages because I have to pull everything out just to locate the box of tea I want.
Well no more. I headed to my favorite thrift stores recently, picked up a couple of great boxes for next to nothing and made myself a tea box.
What you need:
- A box - I found a lightly painted box that was the perfect size for a couple of dollars at a thrift store
- Hardware - I wasn't overly fond of the hardware available in stores, so when I came across a decorative box for just a few dollars with the perfect hardware I couldn't pass it up.
- Scrapbook paper
- Spray paint - only if you need to paint your box
- Mod Podge and a brush
- Balsa wood strip and X-ACTO knife - available at craft stores
- Tea, of course.
These are the boxes I found.
I wanted to use the white box for the tea storage and the hardware from the decorative box. I removed the hinges, latch and handle on the decorative box and set them aside.
The next step was to spray a light coat of paint over the lid of the box and set it aside to dry while I worked on the main box. I didn't want it to look perfect, but it just needed to be a little brighter and more even.
I found a great scrapbook paper in my stash that had a fairly simple pattern, and in a color that matches my current kitchen and dining room decor. I only needed to cover the sides of the box with the paper so didn't need very much, this project used 2 letter sized pieces.
To cut it to size you need to lay each side on the paper and trace around it. If you want to match up the pattern (which I did for all but one edge) then look at the image below to see how I did it.
Adhere the paper to the sides of the box with Mod Podge. Set aside to dry. Once completely dry use the sandpaper to go around the edges, exposing some of them a little. Wipe over the box with a dry cloth and then apply a couple of coats of Mod Podge over the top allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.
Measure the width of the box and cut 2 pieces of balsa wood to make dividers inside the box. Glue them in place (see the image on the left above).
Once everything is glued, painted and dried, you need to attach the hardware.
Fill your new tea box with your favorite tea.
Place your new tea box on display so you always have tea available when you want it.
Bigelow Tea is a 3-generation, family owned American company, with quality tea in a foil pouch for freshness, and is available at Walmart where they have bonus packs that contain 4 extra tea bags.
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