Thursday, 13 June 2013

DIY Tea Leaf Reading Cards

Today's post is the third and final part of the floral tea party mini series I created for Uschi and Kay. Have you checked out the DIY Flower Mobile and the Vintage Tea Cup Invitations posts? If you saw the tea cup invitations tutorial, you'll notice that I wrote to instruct your guests to bring the teacups to the bridal shower. 

If you haven't read tea leaves before, I can tell you it can be a lot of fun to interpret the possibilities! Instead of printing out a sheet of common symbols, keep reading for instructions on how to create your own mixed media reference cards!

Supplies: Two colours of card stock, circle cutter, scissors, glue stick, toothpicks, markers, white glue, tissue paper.

Step 1: Using your circle cutter, cut out equal numbers of circles in both colours of card stock - one colour should be slightly smaller circles than the other. If you don't have a circle cutter, you can use a compass (or trace a glass) and cut with scissors. 
Step 2: Glue the circles together with your glue stick.
Step 3: Sketch basic line drawings of your symbols onto one side of your circles. I referred to the common symbol interpretations found here.
Step 4: Write the corresponding interpretations on the back of the circles using a fine felt tip marker. 
Step 5: Cut thin 1/4" strips of tissue paper.
Step 6: Crumple up the strips.
Step 7: Use a toothpick to distribute a small line of glue over the pencil drawing. Carefully attach the crumpled tissue paper threads onto the glue - the goal is to imitate the look of tea leaves. 
Step 8: Repeat for all the circles and let dry. 

When setting your table for the tea party, scatter the cards over the table and once the interpreting starts guests can refer to the symbols to see what their future holds!


  1. wow this looks amazing! you take such great photos for your DIYs :) juni from the diy niche meetup here!

    1. Hey Juni! Thank you! I'm trying to get as much practice as possible, but I know I have lots of room for improvement. :)


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