Intro: Faux Tea Bags With Tea-Scented Soap
Easy soap packaging idea that makes for a great gift!
Step 1: Materials
(a)Soap: I used a Melt & Pour Soap Base which some may think is cheating, but I think it's fantastic. It's incredibly easy - you just cut up the block of soap and melt it in the microwave (or if you are like me and don't have a microwave, use a double-boiler) and add in whatever ingredients you want.
I used Earl Greyer Tea which has more bergamot than usual. Then just pour it into a mold or pan and let it set. After a few hours mine was set and I cut it into rectangles about 1" x 2". These are small (think hotel soap) and I was able to get eight soaps from a 1 lb. block, plus scraps that I can melt down into another one or two. You can see an instructable on melt & pour soap here.
(b)Tags: You can create your own tags, or download mine here. Just cut them out, fold them in half, and snip little notches in the corners (see photos). [A note about the tags: Feel free to print out these tags for your personal, non-commercial use. Please do not redistribute in any way.]
(c)White tissue paper: Pieces cut to approximately 6" x 9", one per soap.
You can buy everything you need for this project HERE.
Step 2: Download the Tags
You can create some tags of your own or download mine. I have provided several different tags, including one plain "Tea Soap" tag. Each tag has a "Made By" and "For" on the back so you can give these as gifts.
Download my tags here.
Please don't redistribute these tags or use them for commercial purposes. Thank you!
Step 3: Wrapping It Up
1. Place the soap (with the side you want on the front face-down) in the center of the paper, but a little higher than the middle.
2. Fold the tissue paper over the soap, overlapping the edges. Tape closed.
3. Pinch and fold the sides to form a rectangular box, and then pleat the sides inward.
Step 4: Folding the Tea Bag
4. Fold the bottom up over the soap and secure with a loop of tape (or double-sided tape)
5. Trim the top to be even.
6. Fold the corners down to form a peak at the top.
7. Pull the peak down and tape closed.
Step 5: Staple
Turn the bag over and staple on the string, tying a knot to keep it from slipping through. Staple the tag on the end of the string.