Simple Tea Bag Extractor




Introduction: Simple Tea Bag Extractor

About: Innovative Projects, Diy's, Life Hacks

Once a day I drink a large mug of Tea.

Unfortunately there are times when I forget to take out the tea bag and I end up with a very bad tasting tea.

There are 2 types of tea I consume, peppermint and a green tea.

I can handle a strong peppermint tea, but not over-steeped green tea.

I could set an alarm or wait in the kitchen for the tea to steep, but that's not a perfect solution.

In this Instructable, we'll make a simple Tea Bag extractor.

No more over-steeped tea!

What's needed:

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Step 1:

I cut a hole in a Ping-Pong ball.

After heating a part of the ball with a lighter, I used a pen to make a little dent.

Step 2:

I mixed Plaster of Paris and poured it into the ball.

Then I put a popsicle stick in the center and let the plaster set.

Step 3:

To make the ball look more appealing, I glue a purple washer to it.

Step 4:

I prepared popsicle sticks by drilling holes, cutting them shorter etc.

We ended up with 6 popsicle sticks

Step 5:

The gadget was assembled on top of an "L" bracket that was attached to a wooden plate.

I used nylon nuts & bolts, because they don't loosen as easy as metal ones.


Step 6:

I cut off the tip from a BBQ stick and glued it to the popsicle stick.

When the glue was dry, I cut off the excess.

Step 7:

I opened an egg shaped kitchen timer and attached the base to the bracket.

Step 8:

I put back the top piece to check where I need to drill a hole.

When that was done, I put a bolt into the hole.

Step 9:

After making sure the gadget is calibrated, I screwed another screw into the bottom and glued both pieces of the timer together.

Step 10:

I made a little cut in the popsicle stick, so it can hold the tea bag better.

Step 11:

That's it!

You can steep the tea up to 1h.

When the timer reaches "0" minutes, the arm will lift the tea bag.



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55 Discussions


1 year ago

Very clever and useful! Thanks for posting!

I will make this, very cool and much needed. My question, the small dent is that for a resting place for the popsicle stick to hold the ball in position? Also since the screw that holds the bottom of the timer to the base now can't be used to secure the bottom of the egg timer to the top half, thats why it is then glued in place?

Thanks love projects like this that are useful.

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Yes, the dent is there, so the stick can hold the ball in position.

I actually don't put the stick in the dent, but more like on the edge of the dent.

You are right, I glued the timer because the original hole was used to attach it to the bracket.


Thanks for follow up, let me ask what prevents the ball from dropping in the first place? I mean if its heavier then the wet t-bag how does it not put enough pressure on the stick to just push it out of position and drop without the help of the pin being hit by the bolt on the timer?

Thanks Bill

You sir are awesome, I REALLY am grateful you sent that video. From my understanding because the popsicle stick is at an angle greater then 45 deg the downward pressure is forced in the direction of the stick rather then down, thanks to the little dent the stick rests on. My assumption would be without that dent the stick would slip off the ball, so the force is generated into the direction of the stick. Almost like a mouse trap. The video was great help. I have my timer ordered as well as the nylon hardware.. Will upload a photo when I am complete.. I was looking yesterday at my local hardware, the angle bracket mounted to the base, what is that size, 2", 3" and is that base about say 6 or 7 inches? Trying to get my supplies ahead of time..

For english not being your primary language, you articulate very well, never was a misunderstanding , I just like more info then most people, which you were generous to provide.. Any dimensions on the hole spacing for the hardware and out of curiosity why do you use 2 popsicle sticks together that is mounted into the ball? just for longer length then 1 stick can provide? Thanks again, you really are an awesome person.. I have looked at many of your ideas and so many I can't wait to try myself...

Thanks Bill

Hi Bill!

Here is some more info.

Bracket is 2"

Base 6.2"

I used 2 size popsicle sticks - 4.5" and 2.5"

Please don't take these measurements too seriously :)




Thanks much appreciated the specifics. Kinda hard to tell from photos, but got the timer today and clearly is smaller then I would have guessed or could determine from photo but seems to be perfect for this project.. Thank you!!!

Hi Bill!

I am away for a few days, so I can't tell you any dimensions today. I'll be back on Monday, then I'll let you know.

Just like you said, I used 2 popsicle sticks to increase the length.


the whole thing is light and perhaps there is sufficient friction to keep it raised? Perhaps a better sear is what is needed if you don't have enough friction.


1 year ago

Sad to say that it's been done and marketed if this can be trusted (I just happened to find it whilst clearing my HD - the pic was from 2008):

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Oh, that's cool.

Well, here is a DIY version :)

Can add holes for different times depending on how long some like their tea steeped - or for anything that needs to me removed from the cup! Great idea - so cute.

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