How to Make a Gift Money Tree
Learn to turn branches into a gift money tree for a baby shower: photo by Mickie Goad
Giving money couldn't be easier!
What is a gift money tree? As you probably have guessed (or not), money does not actually grow on my gift tree.
A "gift money tree" is a "tree decoration" that you put money on, then you give the tree as a gift. One usually sees a money tree at a wedding shower, baby shower, or a retirement party.
A "tree" is a unique way to give a gift of money to a friend instead of a gift certificate or just an envelope with cash enclosed. One of the perks about a tree like mine is that you can use it again to decorate for another party or holiday.
The Image shown to the upper right is of one of the steps in the process of making my own money tree. Mickie_G - use with attribution.
A Money Tree is an ideal gift for all occasions
See the step-by-step images for how to make a money tree further down the page.
Recently, our church minister had a baby. Several ladies decided to give her a "shower" at church one Sunday. We announced our intention in the church bulletin and also in the newsletter. But, we figured that a lot of our members might not remember the plans or would just plain not see the announcements. So, we gave those who did not have a wrapped gift for the soon to arrive baby a chance to give cash instead.
I made the tree this way:
(1) First I found several tree branches
(2) Then I found a nice terracotta flower pot.
(3) My husband mixed up some concrete--I chose to use concrete because I did not want the "tree" to turn over.
(4) We put Styrofoam (recycled from packing material we had on hand) in the bottom of the pot and stuck in the tree branches.
(5) Then we spooned in the concrete mix around the Styrofoam and the branches.
(6) After the concrete set, we sprayed the whole thing white.
I bought blue and white ribbon (for a boy), cut it into strips, then tied the ribbon to large paperclips. The loops of ribbon with the clips were then hung on the tree. Voila! We had a gift money tree and a really nice decoration for the shower.
If you would rather not use real tree branches on your gift money tree, try using wire clothing hangers. I saw this idea at Wire Coat Hanger Halloween Tree.
Image from foldsomething on flickr Creative Commons. You could fold the money in a fancy way and attach it to your tree!
12 Inch Clear Plastic Money Tree - if you do not have time to make your own
This AMSCAN Money Tree is highly rated by Amazon users. It reminds me of the plastic trees we used to stick spice gel drops on when I was a kid.
Scroll down further to see the Wilton Celebration Tree that is also on Amazon.
DIY Photos: How to make a gift money tree. - Click on each photo to enlarge it. All images were taken my MeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Another Money Tree you can purchase on Amazon: - Another use for a money tree--teacher appreciation gift!
I found another idea for constructing a "Money Tree" for a Teacher Appreciation gift. Read this creative idea at Skip To My Lou--How to make a money tree (teacher appreciation) gift
Creative Ways to Fold Money for your Tree:
Get more ideas for folding money:
Here is a link to a page about folding money origami-style: Dollar Bill Origami! On that page you will find links to different origami shapes that can be made from a dollar bill.
There are so many ideas. Get your creative juices flowing!
Wouldn't that heart dollar be just perfect on a money tree?
Photo used under Creative Commons from Thomas Hawk
Learn to Fold a Dollar Origami Heart for your Money Tree! - Video Instructions on how to fold money for your gift tree:
Change of Heart--make the origami shown earlier on this very page!
How to video to make a folded heart:
More ideas for "Money Trees" on Amazon.com - Purchase one if you do not have time to make your own money tree.
The Wilton money tree does not have as many good reviews as the one further up the page. However, this is the item that most visitors to this page purchase. I guess they like the curly branches. According to the reviews I read, this tree is not a good idea if your guests will be putting the money on as they arrive; nor is is good for children as it is not sturdy. Perhaps, you could find a way to attach the Wilton tree to a heavy pot using foam and landscaping picks.
Video: How to make a money tree bank: - Great for kids to make as a gift!
An interesting twist on making a money tree: paint a coffee can and the plastic lid. Put a slit in the lid and you have a bank.
Yet one more "how to" video:
Additional Money Tree Ideas and Poems: - more ideas for you to create your own gift money tree!
- The Money Tree by "Then She Made"--a tree for Christmas, but the idea can easily be used for other occasions. (image used with permission of blog owner)
I found a cute poem to use with your money tree gift on this blog, as well:
Money Tree by Emily Baldwin (link leads to a bio)
We wondered what to get you, to put underneath your tree.
A gift card was an option, but not as crafty, you see.
We decided on a money tree, from Lydia to you.
A decoration before Christmas, but it's useful too.
We thought of you as we folded each bill and put it in its place.
We hope you enjoy spending it and it put's a smile on your face.
We thank you for being a teacher and hope you've enjoyed this rhyme.
We appreciate you very much this Holiday and Christmas time.
- Poems for Money Trees and Wishing Wells
Find more poems and ideas than you can count on this webpage. You should be able to find a money tree poem appropriate for your occasion--especially weddings.
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My money tree was a much appreciated gift. Have you had a similar experience? Did you use your tree as a wedding, graduation, shower or retirement gift?
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© 2009 Mickie Goad