Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lisa Somerville: Tea Bag Folding Video Tutorial

Tea Bag Folding is a paper craft also known as Miniature Kaleidoscopic Origami. Unlike traditional Origami, Tea Bag Folding uses several identical shapes of paper (usually square) folded exactly the same way. These folded shapes can be interlocked or placed next to each other to create a symmetrical medallion that you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages or as ornaments.

Today, I'm sharing a Video Tutorial on Tea Bag Fold using Circles to create the Blossoms shown below.

Pattern Paper
Circle Punch
Pearls or Gems

Here's a photo of each step folded for easy reference:

Step by Step directions:

You'll need 6 circles to complete your flower
Fold circle in half
Open, fold in half the other direction, unfold
With fold at the top, fold corner to center fold line (should look like 3rd photo)
Repeat for left side (last photo)

Repeat with all circles, adhere to smaller circle to create your blossom

Here's a finished project using one of the Tea Bag Folded Blossoms:

Click to Enlarge
Stamps - Stampotique Originals
Ink - Chocolate, Caramel
Card Stock - White, Chocolate, Pattern Paper
Other - Flourish Gems, Prima Flower Center, SU Butterfly Embosslit, Spellbinders Oval Dies, Heartfelt Creations Window Scene Die, Stipple Brush, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

If you try Tea Bag Folding, I'd love to see your creation!

Designer - Lisa Somerville


  1. This is such a beautiful card, thanks for the tutorial too. the flower is so simple to make yet so effective on the card.

  2. Very nice - and thanks for the vid too


  3. Absolutely gorgeous ... thanks for the great tutorial.

  4. Awesome...thank you for sharing!!

  5. That is so easy and looks so great! Thank you for sharing I can't wait to try it!

  6. Fabulous flowers and great tutorial!

  7. Luvin' the video, great tut, great flowers GF!

  8. Aha! Now I see. I really needed this one. Thank you so much.

  9. The flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the project and the tutorial.

  10. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial!

  11. Great tutorial, I'll be trying this one for sure!

  12. Thank You for this EXCELLENT tutorial. I cannot wait to try it. PERFECT! TFS!

  13. Thanks for a great demo Lisa and so loving your beautiful card. Annette x

  14. Do you possibly have any instructions that are NOT on video. In my area I do not have High Speed and I am still on dial up so vids are not an option for me. These flowers look wonderful but I can't watch the vid.
    A frustrated dial up person. LOL

  15. Great looking flower!! I am going to give it a try right now!!!

  16. How fun! Great demo, these little flowers are fabulous!


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