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Step 1: The best comes last

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Have you caught yourself pounding down a bowl of cereal when all you really want is that sweet, delicious milk at the end? Why not have exactly what you want, and hot too!

Step 2: Grow up

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As you may have surmised, we will be making hot, cereal tea, thus eliminating superfluous food consumption and capturing the imagination of youngsters worldwide. Now, any two-bit hack can flavor some milk with cereal and then ditch the cereal. That is not our style. We are refining that process: lending an air of dignity to an otherwise childish act. In proper, tea-bag-in-tea-cup format, our tasty cereal beverage is as appropriate around the office as it is around the house.

Above are a few things you will need. If we are alike, you are grateful for the excuse to purchase a mini stapler. Diminutive tools are like normal tools, but cuter and more portable — Ben Cowden can tell you all about it. Additionally, a coffee grinder or blender is useful but not necessary.

Step 3: Disassemble the tea bag

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Prior to settling on Lipton, I searched around for empty, DIY tea bags. I bought some for cheap in Chinatown, and the saleswoman promoted them as "dye and chemical free". Not for long, I thought. But, since they were difficult to locate and lack the classic aesthetic we require, I decided against them.

It's time to grab those pliers (or your fingernails will probably do just fine) and unseal the bag. In doing this, pay attention to how the bag is folded and how the string is anchored by the staples. It's not rocket science, but I didn't pay attention my first time around and had to open another bag for hints. Empty the tea, ditch the staples, ditch the paper handle, and save the string.

Step 4: Pulverize the goods and fill the tea bag

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As I mentioned, crushing the cereal by hand should be just fine. You can get a pretty satisfying crush with just your mitts if you leave the cereal in its bag, but be sure to poke an air hole in the bag first. (I'll explain how I learned that over a couple drinks.) I borrowed this fancy grinder/blender thing from my lady. She uses it to make hippy-dippy smoothies in the morning, so I'm happy to be exposing it to a different facet of the human experience.

I made a paper funnel to help getting the cereal powder into the tea bag. Your instincts will find you packing that bag to the brim with sugary goodness. Don't do it. Cereal is full of crazy processed flours and who-knows-whats. These things will expand as they soak up milk. If you fill the bag too much, it will become stretched drum tight around a compacted wad of gluten-bound carcinogens, and prevent milk from accessing the flavored diabetes we desire.

Step 5: Reassembly

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Now you can staple up your cereal tea bag and cut out a new handle to finish the job. In the meantime, start simmering some milk. (Don't forget to stir). If you use the microwave, I won't judge. I simmered a cup for the photo and then microwaved my next cup. In truth, the microwave felt like a more appropriate instrument for this project, though I can't imagine why.

Step 6: Rebranding complete

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At some point along the way, I realized the logical last step in commodification is the mini cereal box tea bag dispenser. (So cute! Why didn't I pose it next to the mini stapler?)

Step 7: Hot damn!

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It's time for you to take a moment and enjoy that pipin' hot and delicious cup of milk!

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Shrimp241 month ago
You sir. Are HILARIOUS! Love the idea too. I will take you up on your drink offer maybe over a cup of cereal tea.
karei11 months ago

This is pretty much the most whimsically hilarious thing. <3

Ur brilliant! Ppl will think I'm crazy if I ask them if they want fruit loops or coco pebble tea! I love it!
gr8nesisme1 year ago
Best idea ever
I love the milk at the end of my cereal its like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow
coke_poker1 year ago
Pure Genius
evacooper1 year ago

i love your writing style! personally i'm not a fan of the sweetened milk, but my husband likes to add it to his coffee!

sbrewster11 year ago
Makin a little cereal milk makin a little cereal milk
Although it's not something I would ever do, as the only sweetened cereal I like is Hershey's which I eat ONLY with vanilla almond milk & a large dollop of frozen Cool Hwip, but I digress....
I thought it looked interesting anyway so I looked. You are SUCH a good "describer" & funny to boot!!! Let's just say I've had Instructables on my phone for 3 months now, and this is the FIRST time I've favorited one!!!!!

Was "Hwip" a typo or a Family Guy reference? LOL

Oooooh- so glad you noticed! I sometimes drop references to see who ELSE is cool......lmfao
That was one of my favorite FG "bits", along with Stewie-to-Brian's
"...you know...that NOVEL you've been workin on?" LOL
CurtR1 year ago

Good instructable. You didn't say what you do with the tea you remove from the bag, hopefully you use it to make some real tea. Another possibility is to make a tea bag from a coffee filter. They are a little less porous but should work equally as well.

Ezara1 year ago

Very cute.

psavas1 year ago

Why just stop with cereal? I think you could do this with candy canes, or mints, or other hard candy, or...well, use your imagination!

bmoore381 year ago
You, sir, are a genius. That is all!
etywoniak1 year ago

Well, too bad I'm 'only' making a tea machine out of scratch! This instructable is so well written it makes me want to print it and dunk it in milk.

Silly and wonderful.

Thank you.

Do more.

This cracks me up. But seems so perfect.

KWDragon1 year ago

Brilliant! I know what goes in the next care box to my hubby!

I didn't know how badly I wanted this until I saw it. Also as other people have mentioned, great writing! I wish I knew you!
kilofeenix1 year ago
but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...


Love this!! Must make some for my friends. Kudos for excellent writing as well!
Helder4u1 year ago

Very nice and fun, great follow thru.

Although I recommend care with what staples You use for this - They may contain unhealthy skin treatment against rust and that may be poisonous in combination with warm drinks.

jooly41 year ago

Fun 'structable!

supereric1 year ago
Love the box turned into a tea dispenser!
BeSublime1 year ago

Well this is just flippin' fantastic.

lime3D1 year ago

Why not just cut the bags from paper coffee filters?

BrenBren1 year ago

Awesome idea. If anyone is looking to streamline the process, David's Tea sells compostable ones for a reasonable price: ~$10/100 filters. Not quite as sneaky as the way you did it here...

Pattymouth1 year ago

Oh my gosh. You are my new best friend. I'm sharing on facebook!

Pinkly1 year ago

This is hilarious. I like the idea, just not the "hot". Not a fan of hot beverages, but I still think this is clever and funny.


OH!!! that's Look delicious, I'm gonna try to do THAT!!! , Thanks, ou have changed my life Too!

slickniner1 year ago

Dear sir,

the excellence of this project is surpassed only by the excellence of the instructable you have created in order to allow others to bask in its glory. Good show sir, good show.

DM5k1 year ago
NetWt4Lbs1 year ago
ElizaRose11Rain....great reference lol.

This is FANTASTIC!! I must try this someday soon!

order empty teabags on-line they are very cheep

oh my god you have changed my life

This will taste SOOO good
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