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Upcycled Tea Card Tags Tutorial

Last year, I discovered the world of vintage tea cards. I had never heard of them or noticed them before, but ever since I first realised they existed they’ve been popping up all over the place. My favourites are the ones illustrated with flowers or birds, so when I see a bundle for a reasonable price I snap them up for my crafty purposes.

And that crafty purpose is usually upcycling them into tags…Vintage brooke bond tea cards, upcycled into gift tags. Price tags. Vintage tea card craft idea. Upcycled recycled repurposed.I like to have a stash of them for pricing items for shows and markets, packaging my Etsy sales, and wrapping gifts. Made in big batches, they’re well worth the time.

They couldn’t be simpler to make. If you’d like to make your own, here’s how…

What you’ll need:

  • Vintage tea cards
  • Reasonably thick paper, or not-too-thick card (You want enough thickness so that the writing on the backs of tea cards doesn’t show through, but not so much that it makes it difficult to stitch.)
  • Sewing machine (I have a needle set aside for stitching paper as it blunts the point, and I always give the machine a good clean out after stitching with it – there’s lots of papery dust!)
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick (It doesn’t need to be strong glue, just strong enough to keep the tea cards stuck to the paper for stitching.)
  • Hole punch
  • String or ribbon

Step 1). Glue the tea cards to paper or card. Vintage Brooke Bond tea cards ready to be upcycled into tags.Step 2). Sew around the borders of each tea card. Tie off all loose threads (I tend to leave the tying of threads until after all the sewing is done, as it saves having to stop and start). Vintage Brooke Bond tea cards, being upcycled into tags.Making price tags. Upcycled gift tag idea.Step 3). Cut out each tea card. Upcycled gift tag or price tag idea. Vintage Brooke bond tea cards upcycled into tags.Step 4). Punch a hole at one end of the card. You can leave them without string and just attach to ribbon/string when needed for wrapping a gift, or you can loop string through straight away. An upcycled Brooke Bond tea card. Gift tag idea. Vintage style price tag idea.And there you have it! All you have to do now is use them…



  1. These are adorable and so easy to do. I need to hunt for more paper collectibles like this . . . would take up lots less room than glass and pottery too! So glad you shared this.

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