Pop it Ups

Pop it Ups Wednesday with Sandy – Tea Time

February 17, 2016

Hi, it’s Sandy Diller here to share a gift I made for a friend who likes tea.  I constructed this box, with a drawer, using chipboard but you could do the same thing with any box, simply by covering it with patterned paper. The top folds flat for mailing and then pops up for use in the kitchen.  I combined the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die with the Cup Pop Stand to create a cute and useful gift.


Here’s how I did it.  Let’s get started!

From die # 1104 The Hanging Charm Pull Tab cut:

  • One base and one tab  – cut base again from coordinating color & set aside center section (shown in pink above)

From die # 1103 Cup Pop Stand cut:

  • One cup (pink)
  • One steam (vellum)
  • One spoon (not pictured in photo above)

From die # 917 Clock and Gears cut:

  • One clock face (ivory) and one set of hands (brown)

From die # 1117 Fitted Circles cut:

  • One circle for back of clock (brown)

From dies # 967 Alpha Caps & # 1075 Lower Case cut:

  • The word “Time” (brown)

Position the design from Coffee Stage it Stencil S001 across the top of tea cup. Hold stencil in place with low-tack (painter’s or washi) tape as shown in the photo above. Use a palette knife to apply light color modeling paste for a raised pattern. Lift stencil straight up so pattern won’t smear. Wash and dry off the stencil. Set aside the cup to dry.

Slide the base and the T shape pieces together, crease on score line and then glue together, gluing only on the lower section.

When glue is dry, slide the T section back and find score lines.  Pinch at score lines so folds are established.

Glue solid circle to back of clock face so numbers appear in sharp contrast.  Pierce hole in backing piece and add clock hands using a brad in the center to secure them.

Add glue as shown in the photo above and glue clock in place.  Add double sided foam tape to hold cup in place.

After attaching steam, add another strip of double sided foam tape and position the cup on the card in front of clock.

Add lettering and stamping.

When decorated top part is completed, add to box.

Add spoon and small hand-cut tag using twine.  Add tea bags. Wrap the gift.


Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies used:

Cup Pop Stand

Clock and Gears

Coffee Stage it Stencil

Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps

Alphabet 1 Caps

Alphabet 2 Lower Case

Fitted Circles

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

Other supplies used:

Distress Inks


Knob (idea-ology)

Patterned papers

Solid colored cardstock

Moldeling paste

Palette knife

Small brad


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  • Jeannette Jones February 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I would also like to see the video whenever it is ready. It is absolutely adorable! Would love to make some as gifts for ladies at my church.

  • Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art February 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    What a fabulous idea Sandy, love the pop up and brilliant idea to add the tea sachets inside your pretty box! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  • vontina February 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Help to understand was the box die cut or is this the actual tea box covered?

    • Sandy Diller February 18, 2016 at 11:35 am


      I sent you a personal email. I will share a few photos on how to make the box on my blog in a few days. I will also send you a link when it is done.

      Thanks for your question,
      Sandy Diller

  • brenda February 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hi thanks for sharing the box do you have the instructions to make the box I order o ready the cup lol

    • Sandy Diller February 18, 2016 at 11:38 am


      I will be doing a post on my personal blog in a few days on how to make the box. I will send you a link when it is ready.

      Thanks for your comments and questions,
      Sandy Diller

  • Raquel Mason February 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    What a great box!!!

  • Susan Jung February 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Sandy, this is a great project. Do you have instructions for us so we can make the box? thanks!

    • Sandy Diller February 18, 2016 at 11:58 am


      I will be doing a photo tutorial on my personal blog in a few days, will send you a link.

      Thanks for your comment and question,
      Sandy Diller

  • Marjorie February 17, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Love the box. I am a tea drinker and always looking for tea themed projects. This one is great!!!

  • judi kauffman February 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Great gift idea, Sandy.

  • Mary February 17, 2016 at 9:04 am

    You are soooo clever, Sandy. That’s not only pretty…but useful ! Mary

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