Category: Activities

DIY Halloween Animal Masks

 

Is Halloween more of a trick than a treat for you? Have fun this Halloween without stressing about the perfect Halloween outfit! We’ve got you covered (literally) with spooktacular styles to last you past the 31st and printable DIY masks to complete your look.

These DIY masks feature original illustrations based on some of our favorite fall graphics. To make your own masks, you’ll need: 

  • Sturdy paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife (to cut out holes for the eyes)
  • Hole puncher
  • String 

Click here to download a PDF of all 12 animal illustrations, including a sweet tiger, fierce wolf, and a sly fox.

 

Don’t forget to share your fun Halloween outfits and DIY masks by tagging us on Instagram @teacollection, and follow along for more projects and festive activities like this!

 

A Taste of Stockholm: Swedish Pancake Recipe

While we couldn’t travel to Sweden to make pancakes, we did the next best thing—joining Katja Borner and her daughters Louva (6) and Amelie (8) in Petaluma, CA at Swedish restaurant Stockhome.

Want to make your own Swedish pancakes? Stockhome was gracious enough to share their recipe so you and your kids could make your own version at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp unsalted butter

Instructions:

  1. Whisk eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk together.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, and salt in.
  3. Add milk. Whisk until nice and smooth.
  4. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Warm a 12 inch pan over the stove.
  6. Add 1/4 tsp unsalted butter to your pan.
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of pancake batter in the middle of the pan.
  8. Move the pan so the batter reaches the edges and forms a nice round circle.
  9. After 1-2 minutes, shake the pan to release the pancake and flip to the other side.
  10. Cook for 30 seconds.
  11. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries. Enjoy!

If you’re in Petaluma, be sure to give Stockhome a visit, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @teacollection for more fun activities like this.

Making Dala Horses

Each season, we travel to a new destination around the world and draw inspiration from the places we visit. This season, we’re inspired by the amazing culture, history, architecture, nature, and people of Sweden.

One common symbol you’ll find throughout the country is the Dala horse. A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse is a carved, painted wooden statue of a horse that originated from the Swedish province of Dalarna. It became a popular children’s toy in the 17th century, and has come to symbolize good luck. You’ll find these wooden horses all over Sweden and in our latest fall collection.

To get a little more inspiration, a few of our team members made their own Dala horses in a virtual Dala Horse Carving Workshop. Here’s how they turned out:

Kim’s Dala Horse (Brand Marketing Director)

 

Jordan’s Dala Horse (Textile Designer)

 

Alisha’s Dala Horse (Assistant Textile & Graphic Designer)

 

Nicole’s Dala Horse (Director of Textiles & Graphics)

 

Emily’s Dala Horse (Creative Director)

 

Bryan’s Dala Horse (Assistant Designer)

 

Margie’s Dala Horse (Director of Design)

 

Want to see more fun activities like this? Follow us on Instagram @teacollection, and be sure to check out our latest styles inspired by Sweden.

Making Dolls Using Pre-Loved Tea

Instead of putting her daughter’s outgrown Tea into a donation box or the back of a closet, Holly decided to do something different with it. With a little creativity and overwhelming support from her online friends in the Tea Buy Sell Trade Facebook group, she began turning pre-loved Tea into handmade dolls.  

 

 

Read on to learn more about Holly’s story.

 

“I began making dolls a few years ago and thought it would be fun to find a Tea dress from every destination and have a Tea Destination Doll sale for my Buy Sell Trade group friends. It was a hit, and so began my Tea Collection dolls! 

 

From there, I started making custom dolls for little girls and boys with their matching Tea clothing. It has been so much fun to be able to make keepsakes for other kids (and my daughter, of course!). My daughter is seven, so she still has a few more years left to wear Tea, but I realize that the day will come when she outgrows these beautiful clothes. Making the dolls is a way to remember these sweet Tea fabrics and memories of her childhood.

 

 

It’s incredibly hard to pick one favorite Tea destination, but if I had to choose, it would be India since the Kantha Birds dress was my daughter’s first Tea. That dress started my obsession with Tea Collection six years ago. I hunt that dress down every year for her and will probably make her a doll with that print eventually. 

 

Thank you Tea Collection for making beautiful, inspired clothing for little kids. We will love Tea Collection long after my daughter is all grown up!”

 

We love seeing the creative ways you repurpose your outgrown (but much loved) Tea! If you or someone you know has an inspiring story like this, send us a note at service@teacollection.com—we’d love to share it! Be sure to check out our latest styles inspired by Sweden, and don’t forget to tag us in all your fun adventures @teacollection on Instagram.

Paper Dolls Activity

Portugal has a rich history with regional fashions to match. In this activity with Finding Stuff Club, design your own paper doll inspired by traditional Portuguese fashion. This paper doll set has a variety of outfits, each with its own story to tell. Let your imagination run wild while styling your paper dolls.

Supplies Needed: 

  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Scissors (ask an adult to help with the tricky parts!)

 

 

19th Century Bathing Costume Paper Doll

Sea bathing was introduced by wealthy Portuguese society in the late 18th century. Swimming costumes were very different from the bikinis of today! This bathing suit costume from the 1800s featured a “gown” with matching drawers (pants) and was made from wool! 

 

 

Estremadura Fish Seller Paper Doll

Estremadura is a western Spanish region bordering Portugal. The traditional garb of women in this coastal region was a layered delight, punctuated with a black hat, large feather, and scarves. Estremaduran women used to sell fish door-to-door in this outfit. Pretty neat!

 

 

Minho Traditional Folk Costume Paper Doll

Commonly seen at Portuguese festivals, this colorful costume originated in the northern region of Portugal known as Minho. Locals call the dress ‘Traje de Lavradeira.’

The costume is often seen in red when worn by younger women and blue when worn by an older or married woman. The skirt is full and vibrant, making it great for dancing!

 

Alentejo Farmer Costume Paper Doll

This very stylish outfit was worn by women who worked the fields in southern Portugal. Women needed the freedom of movement, so they tucked their cotton skirts at the waist or made them into pants. Colorful socks completed the look!

 

 

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram so we can see how you  styled your paper dolls! Stay tuned for more fun activities like this, and be sure to check out our latest collection inspired by Portugal.

 

Portugal Scavenger Hunt

Sometimes, finding connections to far-off places doesn’t require you to leave your home. Our friends at Finding Stuff Club created a fun, interactive Portugal-at-Home Scavenger Hunt featuring everyday items and Portugal-adjacent prompts. Plus, it doubles as a coloring sheet! 

Travel to Portugal this Memorial Day weekend from the comfort of your own home. No monk seals in your bathtub? No problem! Go ahead and get creative – look for pictures, words, or objects that match the images in the activity. 


What you’ll find in this Portugal-themed scavenger hunt:

 

Mediterranean Monk Seal: This critically endangered seal has a habitat in the Madeira Archipelago.

Sardines: Canned sardines are a common delicacy in Portugal.

Pear & Apple: Both are native to Portugal.

Books: Portugal is famous for its bookstores. In fact, the bookstore Livraria Lello was the inspiration for Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.

Lavender: The lavender is the national flower of Portugal.

Surfboard:  Ericeira, Peniche, and the Lisbon coast are three of the most famous surf spots. The entire continental coast of Portugal is known for its year round surf.

Soccer Ball: The superstar footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, is from Portugal.

Ukulele: The ukulele was brought to Hawaii by the Portuguese.

Clamshell: Clamshells are most commonly found on the southern tip of Portugal, and are the most popular shellfish.

Sailboat: With a mild climate and warm sunshine, Portugal is a very popular destination for sailboats!

Whale: Whale sightings are common along the coast of Portugal.

 

Be sure to follow us @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram for more fun activities like this, and don’t forget to check out our latest collection inspired by Portugal here.

Make Your Own Rooster of Barcelos

We’re bringing you another activity from Finding Stuff Club inspired by our travels in Portugal. The Rooster of Barcelos is one of the most common symbols in Portugal. According to Portuguese folklore, a rooster was able to prove a man’s innocence when he was accused of a crime he did not commit. As a result, the rooster has come to symbolize faith, good luck, and justice. 

 

Step 1: Gather your materials.

  • Templates on page 2-3 of the downloadable instructions
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting surface
  • Cardboard
  • Coloring supplies for your rooster (crayons, color pencils, paint)

 

Step 2: Print out the templates on pages 2-3.

 

Step 3: Trace the rooster template and base onto your cardboard.

 

Step 4: Cut out your rooster and base. Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you may need to use an X-acto knife.

 

Step 5: Fold and cut the base where indicated. To make the rooster stand up, slide the rooster into the base (see diagram in the instructions).

 

Step 6: Paint or color your rooster and base.

 

Step 7: Decorate and cut out the shapes on page 3.

 

Step 8: Apply your shapes to the rooster with a glue stick.

 

The end result should look something like this:

Don’t forget to tag @teacollection and @findingstuff.club on Instagram so we can see your amazing roosters! Stay tuned for more activities like this, and check out our latest styles inspired by Portugal here.