If you're like me and hate messy art projects in your house AND you worry endlessly about your parents leaving the house then do I have an art project for you. The kids and I made some custom tea bags for our Grandparents. If you don't have photos cut up 1inch x 1inch squares of looseleaf and get your kids to draw on them - like Evie did in the square to the left above. If you want me to send you some photos buy them here
+ Envelope for shipping *see note below
+ tape or glue
+ teabags - we used the calming chamomile ones we had on hand
+ 6 - 1 inch by 1 inch photos or pieces of artwork
Cut the faces of old photos (if you have big ones just cut a circle around someones face) or piece of artwork from your kiddos never ending stack of work they have, likely, created today. If you have older kids consider writing a joke on each one. Our Evie made me write - What do you call a cow with no legs" on one side and on the other side he wrote - "ground beef". My inlaws are going to laugh about that one for a week, I'm sure. If you don't have kids you could send this to a friend and write absurd things on each tab.
Once you have your squares tape them to your tea bag, put them in a ziploc bag, stick them in an envelope and place two stamps on it.
If you're like 'as if I have stamps' I bet you do. Even if you have old stamps and you need to use a bunch of bits and bobs find - $2.50 worth of stamps, put them on the envelope and drop it in the mailbox. You know those red boxes on almost every street corner - yeah, that.
*If you use anything larger than a standard sized envelope you need two regular postage stamps. We put four on ours to be on the safe side and because we didn't want to go to the post office
If you want to go next level fancy consider hitting up our friends at Paper Plus Cloth - they will take you and your kids on a virtual tour of their shop. I gave my kids a small budget and they lost their minds.
by Emily Doukogiannis
Emily Doukogiannis is a Toronto-based portrait photographer, expert storyteller and compulsive photo book maker. Her commitment to telling people's stories is something Emily does in her spare time via Emily D 4 Change and countless media outlets.
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