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TeaStainedGifts_titleI love the idea of upcycling. I love being able to take something that would otherwise be thrown away and turn it into or use it for something useful. Even things that you might not think to be useful can be.

CupofTeaTake a nice cup of hot tea, for example. I love being able to sit down with a nice cup of Bigelow Peppermint tea at the end of a long day. Most people, after making that cup of tea, just throw away the tea bag. That tea bag still has life left in it though!

Instead of throwing the tea bag away, you can instead use the bags to make tea-stained gift tags and cards. These tags and cards are the perfect way to add vintage-style charm to these cards and tags.

TeaBagsInPotI began by steeping several previously used peppermint tea bags in a pot of boiling water. I let the tea bag steep for about 15 minutes in order to extract as much tea as possible.

CardsAndTagsAfter extracting the tea from the tea bags, I poured the tea into a pan and soaked several tags and cards in the liquid. I allowed them to soak for about 10 minutes.

As soon as you pull the cards and tags out you will see the tea-stained look, but you will want to hang them to dry overnight.

Decorating the Tags

After the tags and cards have dried, you now have a unique vintage tea-stained look to the tags and cards, but you aren’t done yet. (Pro Tip: If the cards and tags are a little bit wavy due to being in the liquid, just run an iron over them to get them back to being flat.) Now it is time to decorate the tags! Of course, there is no right way to recreate these tags. This means you should just pull out your markers, glitter, and other decorating materials.

I decided to make a Valentine’s Day card as well as some page markers for my journal with the gift tags.

GlitterAndTagsI drew a line approximately one third of the way up the tag. I then covered this their with Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter all over the tag.

StainedCardandTagSome cute ideas for the cards include using doilies, glitter, and colored markers However, I decided to do the Valentine’s Day theme. I painted a heart-shape in the center of the card using a paint brush and some Mod Podge. I then sprinkled glitter all over the heart. Using a marker I wrote “Love.” underneath the heart.

Whether you decided to make a card, a tag, or both, not you have a beautiful, personalized gift.

Enjoy Bigelow Teas

StainedTagInJournalAs for that perfect cup of tea, Bigelow makes a variety of delicious teas, including Green Tea, Peppermint, Vanilla Chai, Mint Medley, and Cozy Chamomile. As I said before, my preference is the Peppermint. These teas are so delicious it is no wonder so many people drink Bigelow teas proudly!

I love a nice cup of tea to wind down with at the end of the day — and I’m not alone! More than 82% of Americans drink tea and more than 158 million people count teas as a top beverage choice.

Tea is becoming trendy again which is why Bigelow has created the Tea Proudly campaign. #TeaProudly is a community for helping to keep all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and invites conversation and the making of memories.

So if you are looking to Tea Proudly, choose Bigelow tea which gives consumers the reassurance that they are making the right choice. Bigelow is a family company which is manufactured right here in the United States using quality tea and ingredients.

Additionally, from now through February 17, 2017, you can enter the Ultimate Relaxation Giveaway for your chance to win the grand prize as well as other valuable prizes. Just enter using the form below. Be sure to also connect with Bigelow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

#TeaProudly Bigelow Sweepstakes

BigelowStorePhotoYou can purchase Bigelow tea in the coffee and tea section at Walmart.

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