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Thrifty Tea Bag Christmas Tree Gift

If you’re looking for a cheap but thoughtful Christmas gift, you can’t go wrong with this tea bag Christmas tree!

When you just don’t have enough money to give gifts, but you want to anyway, this Christmas tea tree is an excellent thrifty gift idea.

Tea bags can be bought at the grocery store. And if you get them on sale, they’re super cheap. I’ve found sampler boxes for less than $2 on sale. You can also buy them at the dollar store, too.

Pair this unusual Christmas tree with a mug or tea cup to make a perfect gift for a friend! You can buy nice mugs at a dollar store. Or go to a thrift store! I’ve found great ones for just .25 cents!

A great gift idea is to put this Christmas tea tree in the mug itself! Especially if it’s a wide mug. Then wrap it up with cellophane or plastic wrap for an elegant, yet inexpensive, gift.

Estimated cost of this gift is $4 (you can save money with the tips below):

  • Cone: $1
  • Tea: $2
  • Bow: $1

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Helpful Tips

  • Styrofoam cones can be found at a dollar store. However, you can also roll very thick paper into a cone as a cost-saving alternative.
  • Adding a bow to the top is optional. You can find thick ribbon at a dollar store to make several bows. Or reuse a gift bow you have.
  • Instead of hot glue, you could use sewing pins or thumbtacks to attach the tea bags.
Yield: 1 tree

Tea Bag Christmas Tree

Christmas tree made out of tea bags

An inexpensive but thoughtful gift. Make a Christmas tea tree for your friends, neighbors or anyone who enjoys relaxing with a cup of tea!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $4


  • 1 Styrofoam cone (7 inches)
  • 2 packages of tea bags (approx. 10-12 of each)
  • Bow (optional)
  • Toilet paper tube (optional)


  • Glue gun


  1. Remove tea bags from the boxes.
  2. Layer the tea bags on the cone alternating the tea types or colors of packaging. gluing tea bags on a cone
  3. Glue each bag to the cone and move up the layers until the whole cone is filled.
  4. If you would like, cut an empty toilet paper tube to be a stump. Glue it to the bottom of the styrofoam cone or gently push it into the bottom of the cone to stay. closeup of Christmas tea tree base
  5. Attach a bow to the top with glue. Christmas tree made from tea bags

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Friday 11th of December 2020

What a cute and useful idea. Thanks!

Single Girls DIY

Friday 11th of December 2020

Thank you!!!

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