Friday, October 5, 2018

Let's Make Tea Advent Calendars


I love Christmas, but only when it's home made. 
My family doesn't spend much on gifts but when it comes to something made with love- well, that's a sure way to my heart. Here's a peek at an easy, budget friendly gift you can make for friends and family this holiday season. 


This year I'm all about making tea themed advent calendars for my friends (and myself, too!) using my new Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea and Sweet Christmas collections of crafting dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts.


I love quick projects and this one is so easy you can make something similar in minutes. 
No need for specific directions; just make it your own. Using paper cups makes it so simple.

I went to a restaurant supply and bought a package of the same type cups and lids you get at a coffee stand. Then I used a piece of lightweight paper to make a pattern, copying the shape of the cup. 
Use that pattern to cut paper you like, then glue it to the cup.



Cut tags and decorations, add to your cup, embellish with ribbon, inks and paper in any way that pleases you. You'll want to number your cups from 1-24 or 25, depending on how you like to celebrate Christmas. 



Tuck a tea bag into each cup and label the variety on the hang tag or back of the cup. It's fun to use different types of tea, and I like to add a scripture or thought for the day and give myself a few minutes of quiet to anticipate the holiday quietly as I sip.



You might have noticed I used completely different themes for my decorations. You can almost always do this without hesitation and come up with a unified look because simply using the same strong color scheme carries it off.


This blog post is part of a creative blog hop by Spellbinders Paper Arts. 
You can see all the posts if you like by clicking here here.


68 comments:

D Orr said...

What a unique idea!

Jennifer Petty said...

This is a very neat idea. Love what you did and how you used these dies. How clever love the colors you used. Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas with all of us....

Betty Hall said...

Wow, love what you did with these dies. Awesome ideal , so nicely done.💕💕💕

Rose Mary Smalley said...

This idea is just stellar!!! What a cute idea....all of you ladies are soooo talented...this blog hop has been so much fun. I really love these dies...so sweet...and so many uses....I am both a coffee and a tea drinker......and I have friends and family that also love both.....so cute. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. Have an awesome weekend.

sharon g said...

What a cute and different idea. The cups can hold whatever you want. Nice!

Barbara said...

Super collection of projects. I like how you think.

April said...

What a super idea! Your cups are wonderful.

ValmaLu said...

I never would have thought of this! What an adorable project!

Karen H said...

WOW, what a splendid idea. Awesome project for various occasions. Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration.

bhappetat said...

These would be cute for a brunch or a shower. Clever idea!

Cherry Blossom said...

What a unique idea!

Becca Yahrling said...

This is such a clever idea and would be great to use at any kind
of party. I'm a coffee-aholic so I am just loving all of the
awesome new dies!!

Susan Lang said...

Advent calendars are so much fun to make and use. Great ideas, love the coffee theme.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Wow this is a great, new idea for an advent calendar.

Nancy Carroll said...

Awesome idea and so much fun!!!! great inspiration and use for the dies!!!

Joy Meadows said...

What a unique project! I love the idea of it, but would have to use tea related dies since I am not a coffee drinker. Your coffee/tea dies are simply awesome.

TrainWithMeghan said...

SOOOOOO COOL! I just love this so much! You are so creative!

SM Zeoanne said...

Who would've thought to use coffee disposables to make an advent calendar! So cute and unique.

Debra Rumpza said...

What a novel idea!!

Cheryl Rigney said...

What an amazingly clever idea!!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love that you went outside the box for the advent calendar. This would be great for my teenage son. Thanks for sharing

Lin Hense said...

Marvelous idea and what fun for the recipients. Thanks for the inspiration.

~amy~ said...

YES!
I love this fabulously fun project! Such an awesome idea!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

You are one very talented lady!!!! Love these cup projects in the bold colors and these terrific beautiful detailed die cuts!

Jean said...

This is just delightful!

Robin Standridge said...

So cute

Linnea S said...

ah! these are great! awesome surprise!!

Cynthia Cole said...

Such a fabulous and creative idea to make a coffee cup advent calendar! Super cute!

Karla said...

Oh my goodness! I love this idea! I have a collection of tea/coffee cups and have fallen in love with your stamps and dies...especially the Stack-O-cups. What a fun gift to make or receive. Thank you for the inspiration!

RelaxandScrap said...

Outstanding projects

Diane said...

WOW! What amazing, cute and creative ideas! I love this.

Mary Gillmarten said...

Absolutely brilliant! I love it!

Denise Bryant said...

What an awesome project! These look really fun to put together! I love this delightful collection of dies!

Sue D said...

Fabulous idea--love the color combo.

Unknown said...

Truly interesting idea! And pretty. :)

Charlene Martin said...

Unique advent calendar

Jeanne Beam said...

Such a wonderful idea! Love the advent calendar.
Thanks for sharing...

m fountain said...

Sharyn,

Double snaps up! Your die sets are so adorable, but this display is creatively genius! Thanks for sharing, creating and inspiring.

Aya Elsheshtawy آية الششتاوي said...

It reminded me of these little small coffee shops in China!
What a beautiful project
xoxo

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

OMG Sharyn!!!

I am absolutely in love with your Tea Advent Calendar! My family is like yours, handmade is the way! I hadn't figured out what I was going to do this year for gifts (yes I am way behind). But now I know. This will be the perfect gift, using the beautiful Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea dies you designed. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Joan Smith said...

OMG...WOW Your idea for an Advent Calendar is Absolutely Brilliant and your ideas are Ingenious!! You definitely are one Super Talented gal to come up with such a Craftabulous project! My goodness you sure took this die set to a whole new level of Awesomeness and talk about thinking out of the box...geeze I'm in Awe!! Your project is Spectacular.!! Definitely a Super Outstanding Incredible Creative job!! Your Die Sets are Amazing and Fabulous.
YOU so ROCK!!

Janice P said...

Great idea!

Janice P said...

Great ideas!

Jeanne said...

Creative and vibrant!!

JessicaK said...

Brilliant! I have so many coffee drinkers in my life, and this is perfect for advent calendars

Marsha said...

What an adorable and clever idea! We like homemade gifts too. Love the idea of a verse in each cup and taking time each day to meditate on it, especially during advent.

Teresa Stevens said...

Ingenious! What a creative idea using the Spellbinders Cuppa Coffee / Cuppa Tea release! You can bet I'm going to steal this idea and make one for several of my girl's coffee group!
The designs in this release are sensational!

shabbypinkhouse said...

Wow! Super cute and creative way to use these dies! Great idea to add a scripture verse! Tfs Hugs, Christine

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Super fun and adorable!

Amy C. said...

What a fun idea! I love the colors.

Michele K. Henderson said...

I love these bold and graphic cups! This design is really eye-catching, and it looks amazing!

Karthikha said...

Wow! What an awesome unique idea! Fantastic work! :)

Michele Smith said...

For someone who is wanting to switch from coffee to tea this is a beautiful idea! I could try several until I found my fav and enjoy a little encouragement along the way! The die cuts are absolutely beautiful and all the little details are just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing these with us!! I look forward to seeing what's next :-)

robiw said...

What a clever project! Loving these dies.

Jeanne H said...

You've made wonderful use of the dies. Great idea and I do like the colors you've chosen.

Donna said...

What a great unique idea!

Dana M said...

What a fantastically creative and unique project. Beautiful color palette and designs. What a fun way for your family to greet Christmas.

Michelle Toops said...

What an original use of the dies,such a cute idea.

Birgit said...

Gah!!! I love these! All of them!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a clever way of using these die-cut images. Love the idea of decorating cups! Cool and sweet!

Marla said...

Love coffee and tea so what a great idea. TFS

scrapfabulous said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! We are coffee lovers and what a better way to celebrate the holiday season with coffee cup advent calendar! ;) Thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

O my!! What a FANTABULOUS idea!! So unique and so creative. I love it!! This entire collection you've designed is just beautiful and, once again, so unique. I know there's many different coffee and tea sets out there but nothing even close to these. The versatility of them is great to as you can go from cute and casual to pretty and elegant with no problem. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creativity with us once again!

CraftyCardGal said...

This is a fabulous idea and beautiful collection!

Angela Saver said...

WOW! So creative and I just love this!

mindy1414 said...

I love this Advent Calendar idea, it's perfect in my family since we have a lot of coffee and tea drinkers but try not to spend a fortune on gifts! This way I can give a gift at the beginning of the month and they can enjoy it right through Christmas Day and I didn't have to spend a fortune - win, win :) This collection is awesome, I've always loved decorating with teacups/teapots now I get to make cards with them too and all year long - another win, win! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration with us. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

Nelya said...

That’s such a great idea! You could even decorate some actual mugs and give them as presents.

Andre M. said...

Fab use of these lovely new products. Thanks for sharing your creativity and this wonderful inspiration.