Tea Bag Folding

 
Tea bag folding is a paper craft also known as miniature kaleidoscopic origami. It was created in Holland by a woman named Tiny van der Plaas. According to the story, she was in need of a unique and decorative birthday card. As she sat thinking, she began absently folding a colorful tea bag envelope that was on the table. Voila! Tea bag folding was born.

Unlike more traditional origami, tea bag folding uses several small identical squares of paper, usually eight of them, folded exactly the same way. These are either interlocked or they lay side by side. The end result is a symmetrical medallion which can be used on cards or as ornaments.
 
Take the time to access the symmetrical Tea Bag Medallions (Using Tea Bag Wrappers) by Gizella (Gizzy) Hagedus of Hungary. Click on the thumbnails for an enlarged view.

As this new craft has grown in popularity, the use of actual tea bag envelopes has diminished and retailers offer special craft papers in a variety of designs and colours.


 
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE INTERNET VIDEO PRINTABLE TEABBAG FOLDING TILES COMMERCIAL SOURCES


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