How to Make a Blossom Flower Tea Ball

Overview

Take advantage of many edible flowers by creating a blossom flower tea ball. The blossom flower tea ball includes tea leaves and flowers tied into a ball that opens when you brew it, resulting in an artistic creation that looks like a flower in bloom. Appropriate flowers include jasmines, lilies, carnations, marigolds and chrysanthemums. If you have an herb garden, then use the flowers of scented basils, rosemary and other herbs. Blossom flower tea balls make good gifts and can last for as long as three years if stored in a cool, dry place.

Step 1

Collect edible flowers, which can include herbs, fuchsias, guavas and many others. Sew them together into a ball while they are fresh.

Step 2

Gather or purchase fresh green tea leaves. Flatten them by placing them underneath a book between two sheets of waxed paper. Leave them for only about one hour because you need fresh, damp leaves for your flower blossom tea ball.

Step 3

Slice the tea leaves into ¼-inch strips lengthwise by using a sharp knife. Cut only to the leaves' stems so the leaves remain connected to their stems. Lay the tea leaves on a flat surface in a wagon wheel pattern, and then place the edible flowers in the center, making sure to include their stems with the stems of the tea leaves.

Step 4

Thread your needle with the cotton thread, then gather your tea and flower bundle by the stems. Sew through all of the stems, going around the perimeter of the stem bundle. Make sure to sew through the bundle to include all of the flower stems that are inside.

Step 5

Form your bundle into a ball by squeezing and rolling it. Dry it in an oven at 170 degrees F, or as low as you can set your oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Store in a warm, dry, well-ventilated area for one week to ensure that your tea ball is thoroughly dried. Or, you can use it immediately to make tea.

Step 6

Brew blossom flower tea by placing your tea ball into a glass mug or cup. Boil filtered water and pour it over the tea ball. Allow it to steep for three to five minutes without stirring it, then enjoy it with sugar or honey if you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Black or green tea leaves
  • Edible flowers
  • Large book
  • Waxed paper
  • Cotton thread
  • Needle
  • Glass cups or teapot

References

  • Blooming Tea
  • Mountain Rose Herbs: Flowering Teas
Keywords: blossom flowers, tea ball, exotic gifts

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.