I'm going to celebrate fall with upcycled tea bag leaves which I had made some months ago. For most of my life I hadn't been much of a tea drinker but last fall I started to drink more tea. Mostly black tea but also green tea and fruit teas. The used tea bags were saved because I knew I could do something with them.
I dried the tea bags in a bowl together with some rusty parts. The gray areas and spots you see on some of the leaves were caused by the rust reacting with the tannin contained in black and green tea.
My bases for the leaves were crumbled pieces of brown paper bags from bakeries. I used double-sided fusible web to adhere tea bags to both sides. The leaf veins were free-motion embroidered.
I like how the leaves look on that rusty piece of metal. They would as well look great hanging on a branch though.
Have you decorated for fall already?
The wind will blow these leaves over to the following great parties:
Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
Waste Not Wednesday at Raggedy Bits
A New Life at Rostrose
A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market