Last year,  I couldn’t bear to let my garden herbs die off, so I decided to dry them. Thus, I wrote a post detailing how to properly dry fresh herbs (which can be viewed here). Over the past year, I loved having dried basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and tarragon on hand. I love to cook with all of them, particularly in the cooler months. However, I didn’t end up doing too much with the mint.

Well, this year was no different than last year in that drying my garden herbs was a must. Because this year’s mint grew so well and I grew two different varieties – spearmint and chocolate mint, I was left with an abundance. However, because I seldom used last year’s dried mint, I was at a loss as to what I should do with it once it became time to harvest my herbs.

It then dawned on me that using this year’s dried mint for tea was the perfect way to ensure that it doesn’t go to waste. Plus, the tea bags turned out adorable and will make for great Christmas gifts. Simply pair a tea bag or two with a beautiful mug or small jar of local honey for a thoughtful, cozy, and affordable gift.

Note: This project is not limited to garden mint. Any herb, whether store-bought or garden grown, will work beautifully.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup dried mint leaves, ground
  • 12 tea filter bags
  • Bakers twine
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Washi tape
  • A fine-point, permanent writing utensil

What you’ll do:

  • Add 2 tsp. of dried mint to a tea filter bag
  • Secure the opening of the bag with a staple, fixing one end of a 4-inch piece of bakers twine underneath
  • Roll out 4 inches of washi tape and place the other end of the bakers twine in the center
  • Fold the sticky side of the tape on top of itself and cut the remaining tape away from the roll
  • As pictured, cut a small triangle into the side of the tape furthest from the twine
  • Label with a writing utensil as desired
  • Repeat the previous five steps until each tea bag is crafted