How to Upcycle Used Tea Bags into Homemade Potpourri
Making homemade potpourri is an easy and rewarding way to reduce waste and fill your home with pleasant aromas. With just a few simple steps, you can upcycle used tea bags into a fragrant potpourri blend.
Gather Your Materials
To get started, you’ll need:
Used tea bags – The more variety, the better. Herbal, black, green, and fruity tea bags will all work well.
Dried flowers and herbs – Good options include lavender, rose petals, mint, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, and more.
Spices and essential oils – Try cloves, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, citrus peels, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, etc.
Orris root powder – Helps preserve scents. Find it online or at craft stores.
Cheesecloth bags – To contain the potpourri blend. Muslin bags or small jars work too.
Prepare the Tea Bags
Carefully open each tea bag and empty its contents into a bowl. Do not throw away the tea leaves!
Spread the empty tea bags in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 200°F for 30 minutes to thoroughly dry them out. The low heat helps retain the tea’s aroma.
Mix the Blend
Now comes the fun, creative part – combine your ingredients however you’d like! Here are some tips:
Use more dried flowers than tea to make it primarily floral. Or vice versa to make it tea-centric.
Layer scents from light to strong. Start with gentle florals, then add tea, spices, and finally strong essential oils.
Mix colors and textures for visual appeal.
Add orris root powder – about 1 teaspoon per cup of blend.
Break up large flowers and leaves for consistent scent release.
Store in Bags or Jars
Place your finished potpourri blend in small bags or jars. Tie shut with string or ribbon.
For bags, use decorative fabric like burlap, muslin, or cheesecloth. Jars should have tight lids.
Display open jars around your home to fill the air with delicate fragrance! Tuck sachets in drawers or closets for a subtle, lasting scent.
Other Ideas and Tips
Infuse vinegar or oil with potpourri to make scented vinegars, room sprays, or diffuser blends.
Craft sweet-smelling gifts and decor like wreaths, pomanders, or swags.
Mulch potted plants with dried ingredients to discourage pests. The scent will also mask any “earthy” smells.
With a simple upcycling project, you can turn spent tea bags into a signature scent blend. Follow your nose and get creative with homemade potpourri!