Tea Time (Home-Made Tea Bags)
A good friend came over this weekend full of project ideas. We both love making things and agree handmade is the best! The first project is one I tried years ago, and was excited to try again. Check back soon to see what else we made.
What you need:
Dental Floss (we used two kinds mint and unflavoured)
Your Favourite Loose Tea: We used Spearmint and English Breakfast
Fold and flatten the coffee filter. We cut them in half first making them easier to work with.
We cut out heart shapes, but feel free to make any shape you like. Keep in mind you will need to sew around the edges, so you might not to get to complicated.
Sew edges closed with the floss, be sure to leave a gap to fill with tea. I used the mint floss with the spearmint tea, and unflavoured with he English Breakfast
Fill each teabag with your favourite tea, finish sewing up the gap.
Attache tags by weaving thread anywhere on the bag you like!
We decorated ours with hearts and personalized messages.
What is Gocco?
|My Gocco wedding invitation.|
Gocco is a do-it-yourself at home screen-printing machine that is easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Gocco was invented by Riso, in 1977, and quickly became popular in Japan as a means to create personalised greeting cards. It took a while for Gocco to make its way overseas to North America, but when it did it quickly picked up a following of artists and DIYers who began to do amazing things.
|Our simple but sweet thank you cards|
I first discovered Gocco’s a year ago when I decided I wanted to do something a little different for our wedding invitations. I loved all the handmade inked drawings I saw artists making, and knew it was the right way to go. I knew if I didn’t use it for invitations I would find good use of it.
My Gocco is a PG-5 model (a slightly older and smaller model), newer ones are available.
|a)screens b) gocco printer c) lightbox|
d) colour blocker e) carbon pencil f) lightbulbs in box g) notepad for sizing and practised h) blue filter
i) ink made for gocco printers
Unfortunately Gocco’s have been discontinued. The Gocco printers and materials have become more difficult to find. You can still order them online from a few sources (that’s where I purchased mine). I’ve listed retailers that supply materials, inks, screens, bulbs, below. Also I'm working on a tutorial so stay tuned! Happy Goccoing!
Gocco Sites for Artist and Enthusiast