Money can be a perfect gift for many occasions. While it spares you the daunting task of choosing the right gift, the recipient can buy anything of his/her choice, with that money. Apart from that, money is welcomed as a gift for some special occasions, like weddings, retirement parties, baby showers, birthdays, and bridal showers. However, some people feel awkward to gift money. So it is always better try some creative ways. Otherwise too, creative gifts are preferable to plain ones. When it comes to gifting money in a creative way, there are numerous options, and money tree is one among them. Even though we know that money does not grow on trees, we are free to imagine a tree blooming with bills. In order to make a money tree, all you have to do is to give shape to your imagination. In other words, you have to make a plant decorated with money and other accessories.
Some Basic Guidelines
- The Tree: You can either go for an actual potted plant or a tree branch or a symbolic tree decorated with money and other accessories. First of all, you have to decide, whether you want an artificial tree or a real one. If you go for the real one, you can either choose an indoor plant or houseplant (which can be used), or a branch of a real tree (can be discarded after use). In case of artificial trees, you may buy one from the market. Another option is to make a structure that resembles a tree branch, using thick metal wires.
- Decoration: Once you decide the type and size of the tree, collect the materials for decoration. Of course, the main thing is bills of different denominations. Other decorating accessories can be selected according to the occasion. A money tree for a baby shower can be decorated with ribbons, beads, crystals, tiny toys, balls, and cards. For a bridal shower, you may use ribbons, heart-shaped candies and flowers for decoration. For Christmas parties, use stars, stockings, etc.
These are the basic steps to make a money tree. However, you can always use your creativity and come up with a money tree that stands out from the ordinary. You may experiment with the choice of tree/plant, its base, materials used to fill the base, articles used for decoration, and the way in which the bills are arranged on the tree. For example, the tree can be presented in a beautiful vase filled with marbles, pebbles, or even coins. You may spray silver or gold paint on the stems, and add some glitter to the leaves. Instead of pots you may opt for a wooden base.
Get an Indoor Plant: Purchase an attractive indoor plant and a decorative plant container. You may buy an actual money plant or good luck bamboo for this purpose. Shift the plant to the container, which can be filled with the medium of your choice. You can use pebbles or decorative stones to conceal the medium in the container. Now fold the bills in accordion style, and tie the center of the notes with thin wires. Spread the ends of the bills in a fan-like manner, and attach them to the stems of the plant with satin ribbons or pins. You may fold the bills in any other manner you like. Decorate the plant with other accessories. Your money tree is ready.
Make Use of a Tree Branch: In this case, you have to fetch a tree branch, of the size of your choice. Keep the branch in a pot and fill it with soil or thick plaster mixture. Cover the hole in the bottom of the pot with tape. Conceal the soil or plaster with silk moss or grass. Once the branch is fitted in the pot, you can decorate with bills and other substances. Another option is to paint the branch beforehand. You may either pin the bills directly to the stems or fold them attractively and then attach to the tree. Accessories can also be used to decorate the branch.
Go for an Artificial Plant: Getting an artificial plant is an easy way to start. All you have to do is to stick the bills and decorate the plant. If the tree is not potted, get a decorative container, fill it with some stones, and then put air drying clay on top of the stones. Let it set for some time and once the clay is dry, you can start decorating the tree with bills and other materials of your choice.
Something Different from the Conventional: If you want to gift a money tree that is different from the conventional ones, then try something different. You can simply do away with the plant or the container. One option is to present the bills in the shape of a plant. Go through the images for some innovative ideas for making a money tree.
Show Off Your Origami Skills: When it comes to a money tree, money is the most important part. Once you are done with making the tree, you can find some innovative ways to attach the bills to it. If you are proficient in origami, this is the time to make use of it. So apply your origami skills and fold the bills in different shapes. Attach them to the basic structure of your money tree. In this case too, use accessories as per the occasion.
In short, making a money tree is one of the easiest and simplest tasks. All you need is some creativity and spare time. So splurge your creativity and come up with the best and unique money tree as a gift.