Easy DIY Customized Tea Mug & Tea Dyed Towels

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Did you know there are a ton of ways in which tea is actually beneficial for your body? At the very least, it’s a great and flavorful way to get the necessary fluids you need each day. Tea has always been soothing when I’m stressed or when I’m sick. But, I also love to create things with tea!

January Is Hot Tea Month

Since we switched to Bigelow Tea awhile back, we’re actually having a bit of fun with the leftover tea bags from our old brand! Of course, we’re enjoying our favorite teas from Bigelow while we do, and we wanted to share a bit of the fun with our readers!

DIY Tea Dyed Towels and coffee mugs with Bigelow Tea

Why We Prefer Bigelow Tea

Whatever floats your tastebuds, Bigelow Tea has your tea. They feature over 150 varieties of tea, including black, green, and herbal. The flavor is rich, doesn’t live a bitter aftertaste, and each cup of tea tastes fresh.

One of our favorite ways is to use our favorite flavors of Bigelow Tea to gift to friends and family with personalized coffee mugs and hand-dyed tea towels! We use our old tea bags – sometimes even used ones – to dye plain white hand towels into something unique.

How to use old tea bags to make DIY tea dyed towels and customized coffee mugs for your Bigelow Tea

How To Create Personalized Tea Cups

I love creating personalized mugs for coffee or tea drinkers because you’re creating a gift that fits their personality. They can have funny or crass sayings, you can employ the kids to help for a teacher’s gift, or you can recreate that super cute mug that you saw on your vacation (that we all know was way overpriced).

  • Buy some white cups or mugs. You can find them in superstores, thrift stores, dollar stores, and online.
  • Pick a marker, any marker. For long-lasting results, choose oil-based paint markers. Be sure to choose colors that contrast well with your white mug. Black is always classic, but adding pops of color is fun!
  • Choose a design. Whether it’s your favorite quote or a fun drawing, I would recommend practicing on a piece of paper before drawing it on the mug. If you need help or are afraid to freestyle, try using a piece of transfer paper and then tracing.
  • Time to bake. Once you’re done designing your mug, bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. One tip that might help keep your mug pristine is to place it in the oven as it heats up and leave it in the oven until it’s cooled.
  • Hand wash is recommended if you want to keep the mug’s design affixed. We have occasionally thrown ours in the dishwasher by accident, and they seem to have help up nicely. If you’re worried about how it will fare in the dishwasher, you could repeat the baking step to really seal the marker design.

DIY Customized coffee cups with Sharpie mugs

How To Tea Dye Towels

While you’re at Walmart getting your Bigelow Tea (I strongly recommend the Vanilla Chai, Peppermint, and Salted Caramel), pick up a few tea towels so that you can use the tea you’re no longer drinking to dye the towels.

Tea Dyed Towels How To

Find unbleached Flour Sack Tea Towels. They come in a variety of sizes and are easily found in the kitchen section of Walmart. 

Boil 1 quart of water and pour into an oven safe dish. Add to the water 8-10 tea bags, depending on how dark you’d like the shade. You might also consider using different teas, such as black tea for an antique look or raspberry tea for a softer pink shade.

Tea dyed towels are a fun addition to any kitchen

Leave your towels to soak in the tea for about a half an hour or more. Once the towels have reached your desired shade, lift the towel out of the tea dye and wring out over the dish.

Rinse your tea towel in cold water until the water runs clear. Hang your towel to dry on or over an area that won’t be affected by some of the tea if it drips. For longer life of your towels, hand wash instead of washing with detergent in the washer.

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Did You Know?

  • Tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and we especially love that 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice.
  • And tea is now considered trendy where 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea, 27 percent drink tea exclusively.
  • Millions of us around the U.S., all ages, men and women, share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we can consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!

Bigelow Tea at Walmart

For more information on family-owned Bigelow Tea and their other delicious varieties, be sure to visit their site and follow Bigelow on Facebook and on Twitter.

What’s your favorite flavor of tea? When do you most enjoy a hot cup of tea?
We’d love for you to share in the comments below!



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