My daughter Raina and I were shopping in Anthropologie last week. I love that store. It makes me feel pretty the moment I walk in the door. I like that they display their items in unconventional ways. The store always has different kinds of artwork and “crafty” projects hanging on their walls and ceilings. It feels like someone took the time to make the experience artistic and beautiful. It feels thought about. That day I found my own inspiration for the latest decor now hanging in my house.
When we first walk in I noticed that they had these beautiful hanging tapestry type things. When I looked closer I realized it was a bunch of teas bags strung together. They were different lengths and some were a deeper brown because they had obviously gotten wet. It gave it an aged look. It also had a bit of gold leafing that added a modern touch and a bit of glam. It was gorgeous. I love the juxtaposition of old and new, hard and soft. It’s not technically a tapestry but that’s what I’m calling it because I couldn’t think of anything better. So here’s my attempt at recreating it.
I started out by choosing a piece of doweling that fit the size of the space where I wanted to place the tapestry. I wrapped some string around each end of the doweling and secured it with hot glue. This allowed me a way to hang it on the wall.
I gathered a bunch of tea bags. I ended up using about 110 all together. We always have a lot laying around because we usually drink loose leaf tea. You can learn more about why we drink tea this way here. I unwrapped them and cut off the tags but left a good amount of the string. I thought it looked better. Then I started to line them up the way I wanted them. Once I had the design I wanted I started to secure them to the doweling with more hot glue. The way it worked best was to glue the tea bags together first and then attach the line to the wood. It went together quickly.
Now I wanted to make some of the tea bags wet so the tapestry matched that aged look I saw in the store. I had some lavender linen spray that I used but you could use water. I sprayed it in the places I thought made sense. I have to tell you that the combination of the tea and lavender smelled so good! Then I let it dry.
It was time for the fancy part: gold leaf. It was so fun putting a little gold here and a little of gold there. You could choose not to use it but in my opinion the leafing added the perfect finishing touch.
I had so much fun with this project! It only took a couple of hours and it wasn’t expensive to make. Please send me an email and let me know if you try it out yourself. I’d love to see all the different interpretations.