Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tea Time!

Yesterday I spent the day crafting with one of my favorite product lines from 7 gypsies. I just LOVE the 7 Gypsies Lille line. I love anything vintage and their paper is packed with vintage images perfect for cutting up. I decided to alter a tea container with the new papers and have written up a short tutorial for you to recreate if you like:
First start with a tea tin - I used this one from Starbucks. Measure the paper that is already on the tin - this one is roughly 3 3/4" wide. Cut your paper that width and wrap around the tin gluing as you go - I wanted the tin to show so I only covered the existing paper. Measure the top and cover with paper as well. For a border I used the matching Lille paper tape and wrapped it around the top of the tin. I love this particular postage stamp tape because it is a paper tape and actually feels like postage stamps. It would be great to cut up just the stamp images for a different project. I cut out various images from the Lille paper - labels and such and adhered them randomly on the tin. I recommend covering the entire tin at this point with gel medium or mod podge to seal the tin and prevent the paper from curling up after being handled. Attach a knob to the top of the tin. You can cut a hole and screw it in or if you are lazy like me you can just hot glue it to the top. I used a piece of seam binding ribbon, glimmer misted it, and tied it around the tin. I then glimmer misted a small tag and a doily to decorate the front. I absolutely LOVE crushed shells glimmer mist - it's my favorite - I like it because it gives a vintage/aged feel to whatever you spray it on. I finished the tin off with layers of circles punched out of the Lille paper.

I loved the way this little project turned out. It would make a great gift to give a friend, neighbor, or teacher. It would also be great to make a little mini album and put that in the tin

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24 comments:

Erica said...

This is really cute.
I always give my grandma tea as gifts, this would add a super cute and personal touch.
Thanks for the idea :)

Michelle*G said...

So very pretty!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Glorious!!

created by ~donnaK said...

So so cute!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is beautiful!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Oh I just love remaking containers! You did such an amazing job!

hilde janbroers said...

great job! love it!

Susan said...

I love the tin~

Faith said...

I LOVE this - I'll be running to Starbucks to get some tea. This is adorable and I have just the paper! Thanks so much for sharing.

Naturally Me Creations said...

Ooh, i love this! :D What a perfect gift this would make for some tea drinkers i know! :)
This is just gorgeous...

I'd love for you to link this up at my party this weekend! (or next weekend if you miss this one, hehe)
:D

Aaron said...

That is just gorgeous! I love that you used something that would become trash and turned it into beautiful art!

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-Aaron

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

It's soo pretty, I love all the layers and little details. I hope you'll swing by my weekend linky party at http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

Liz said...

I love this! Some people just have an eye for decorating and you are one of them! Would you mind if I featured it on my blog next Friday? www.fastdaze.blogspot.com

Jan at Jewelry4Change said...

I found you on A Little Knick Knack blog hop and am now following.
LOVE your tea tin! What a great idea.
:) Jan at Jewelry4Change
http://www.jewelry4change.blogspot.com

Robin said...

Melissa - This is a really delightful project - Great idea using the tin to hold a mini too!

Leire said...

It is really cute, I love it ;)

Kay Ellen said...

Such a fun project:))

Stopping by via Showcase Sunday...

Looks like you are the blog party queen!!
:)) too much fun!!!

Pop on by if you have a moment~~~

Smiles,
Kay Ellen

Gina said...

Very cute, what a great gift that would make!

Mary Ellen said...

A great repuposing for this tin!! It turned out so very sweet with that little glass knob on the top!

Liz said...

I featured this today! Stop by and grab a button!

Tabitha said...

I just put an empty Tazo tin in my craft stash last night! Thanks for the deco idea!

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

Nancy Ward
paperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

Sandy Ang said...

what a wonderful altered project

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