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DIY Photo Tea Tags

I had the hardest time doing the craft for this post. I had the idea to make DIY Photo Tea Tags but it felt like I could not get my brain wrapped around the look of them. 

How to make Photo Tea Tags

We (by we, I mean my friends who are bloggers) were all collaborating for a Mother’s Day Blog Hop where we could share our ideas for some homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

I’m a Mom. This shouldn’t be rocket science. 

I actually made four different projects, none of which I was happy with. In fact up until early this week I did this one. I was thinking of an easy craft that older kids could make on their own.

So I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch to make these butterfly tea tags.

And matching cards.

And while there is nothing wrong with them, they don’t feel like my aesthetic style. More so, they’re missing something emotional for me.

The sentimentality. The heart strings tugs. The personalized touch. That’s what Mother’s Day should invoke.

These felt like a good wedding or party favor and that’s not what I was going for.

Why homemade gifts for Mother’s Day are the best

It’s the reason why Mom’s love their kids art over a store bought gift. It’s why they take greater joy in buying things and doing things for their kids to make them happy than the other way around. The best gifts you can give your Mom, is time with her.

Don’t get me wrong, as a tired Mom, a day off to do what you want, when you want to, is nothing to take for granted. Silence. Shopping alone. Good tea, good coffee.

Little things = big things.

So I woke up early one morning with a different idea to get the heart strings going. And very few things do that for me than going over old family photos. That’s what I did instead.

You don’t need Photoshop, you need Canva or Pic Monkey to make these


Pick your favorite family photos to turn them into a collage.

I used template in PicMonkey but I’ve since switched to Canva for all my craft work and Pinterest projects. They have templates for everything. 

TIP: A good template in Canva to use for this is called the “Floral Grid Tumblr Banner” as it’s one giant rectangle with squares. Then you just upload your favorite images and drop and drag them into the grid. 


Print up your photo collage on card stock and cut out the pictures with a paper trimmer or trimmer.


Attach them to tea bags. I didn’t make those, I just bought them. They’re Tetley in case you’re wondering who makes round tea bags. But use whatever tea works for you!

I did both color and black and white. In person I prefer the color ones but the black and white ones photograph way better.

Go figure.

Now these. These I love. And I hope love and make your own DIY Photo Tea Tags!

And now this project gave me an excuse to make new Mother’s Day Cards. Gotta get on that ASAP!

Some other tea projects of mine include:

Star Tea Tags

Felt Rosette Tea Tags

For more Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, please visit my talented fellow bloggers
(starting Clockwise, Top Left corner)

Shauna of Satori Design for Living made a Pink Grapefruit Salt Soak
Christina of The DIY Mommy shows you how to make a Mini Fairy Garden in a Tin
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible made Vintage Wood Transfer Photo Coasters
Tara of Suburble put together a Weathered Gift Tray Tutorial
Kristi of Making it in the Mountains shows you how to make a DIY Blanket Ladder
Lucy of Craftberry Bush shows you how to make this Press Fern Resin Tray
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs has a recipe for a Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub
Alex of Northstory made these fantastic Photo Tea Bags.
Virginia of Fynes Designs has a free Apron Sewing Pattern
Krista of Happy Housie made a DIY Silhouette Image Tea Towels

Handmade Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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  • Reply
    May 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Love these photo tea bags. What a great, simple, inexpensive gift idea that I’m sure many a MOM would love to receive.

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      May 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Dawn!

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    May 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Oh my goodness! This is SUCH a neat idea! SO creative!

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      May 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Kristi!

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    May 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    These tags are such a great idea Alex…they’re so personal and full of love.

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    May 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Love that you kept going and came up with this personal version. The butterflies are cute, but, I agree, the pictures are so much better. Great job!

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    May 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    This is my favorite of the Mother’s Day gift ideas–maybe because I love tea–but also because I find that, for both my mother and M-I-L, they don’t want more “stuff”. This is a great way to make a consumable item fun and personal. Kudos.

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    Virginia Fynes
    May 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    What a sweet idea! I know a grandma that would love this idea!

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    Christina Dennis (@TheDIYMommy)
    May 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    These are so sweet, Alex! I love the personal touch. My mom would LOVE these!

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    Curly Made
    May 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Love this idea.
    Shared it on my tacebook:

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    May 6, 2015 at 1:16 am

    These are so personal. I love them! I’d want to collect them and put them on the fridge with every cup of tea!

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