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This is a money tree created for a 50th surprise birthday party. It is constructed of a sassafras branch (dogwood works good as well), curling ribbon in various lengths tied onto the branches. I used a vase as tall as the branch and added sand and rocks for stability. Money, small gag gifts, notes, candy, cards, even jewelry can be added. I plan on affixing 10 $5 bills to start off the decor and have guests add to it.
By Kym from Madison, AL
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How do you make a money tree?
Get a rubber tree or a small christmas tree that don't cost to much, you can even go to a second hand store and see if they have some kind of tree or plant. Fold your dollars back and forth like a fan and tie it in the middle with thin wired ribbon or just ribbon. Be sure not to tie it tightly so that it will be easy to remove the money. At Christmas I like to get a 1 foot Christmas tree and buy some scratch of lottery ticket which i tape to ribbon and tie it to the tree and to make it more fuller i get very small bows and place them in between. Great gifts! They love them every time. Hope this helps you out. Good Luck! (09/17/2009)
By Renee Manges
I have made several money trees for our ministers and missionaries. Just get a branch off a tree the size you can use. For a base, my son got a six inch piece of firewood nice and round, drilled a hole in the center of it for a base, and put the branch in. Or you can fill a three pound can with sand and stick the branches in it. We always use one dollar bills and taped on the limbs. I usually used 100 bills, and it is easy to make and a lot of fun.
Source: I have made these for many years.
By Helen P. from Greensburg, IN
I need to make a money tree for our Pastor, for Pastor Appreciation Day. Can someone help me out?
By Teresa Jarvis from Goshen, OH
I like this idea of making a money tree, because it uses a small, live indoor tree, so besides the money, your pastor would end up with a nice house plant.
Find a small branch between 18 and 36 inches tall depending on how big you want your money tree. The branch should have many smaller limbs to hang dollar bills.
Purchase a metal or ceramic pot. If the pot has a hole at the bottom cover the hole with tape. Mix a thick plaster mixture. Put plaster in the pot with branch sticking straight out. Let the pot sit over night.
Conceal the hardened plaster with silk moss, grass or leaves. Use a hot glue gun to glue the moss to the plaster. Cover all the plaster around the branch so your pot looks like it has a tree growing in the green foliage.
Begin adding money to the tree. Use any denomination of bills to attach to the tree. Attach the bills to the tree using paper clips or mini clothes pins. You can fold the bills decoratively or just let them hang. It's up to you.
Put small items on the tree branches that go with your gift theme. Use holiday decorations, religious charms, small toys or anything you want. Add little notes to the tree on decorative cards. They can be advice, poems, songs or IOU's. Anything you can think of that will enhance the tree.
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We want to give my 85 year old mother money for her birthday, we want to make a money tree. Any suggestions on how to craft one? I know there are certain ways the dollars need to be folded. etc.