Sunday, December 16, 2012

How to Make a Money Tree for a Birthday Gift or Christmas Gift

Hi friends,

I can't take any credit for this idea. At all. This is all my sister-in-law. A few years back she "wow'd" us with these super cute money Christmas trees for our kids. They were such a hit that the same trees are unpacked each season & set up in our kids' rooms.  My daughter is using hers as a night light!

Here's how to make a Christmas Money Tree:

Take a dollar bill and fold the width less than an 1/8 of an inch.  Repeat & alternate so that the entire bill is folded in an accordion style.  Take curling ribbon and tie it around the middle of the folded dollar bill. Leave enough ribbon so that you are able to tie onto the tree. Once you have it tied onto the tree you can either trim the excess ribbon ends or curl them.  Last, fan out each side of the bill.

My personal preference is to curl the ribbon only if you are also placing ornaments or other decorations on the tree.  As you can see from this photo I did not place ornaments on the tree as it was for a December birthday party that my son was invited to.  This is also why we choose a non traditional tree color (cobalt blue).

A little holiday humor:

Q:  What did the grape say to the raisin? 

A:  'Tis the season to be jelly

For more creative gifting ideas from across the web just drop by my Pinterest Page. I have a board title "Wrapping gifts" & "Homemade Gift Ideas" :

Purple Oven Mitt on Pinterest


  1. I received something similar for my 30th birthday! 30 of those bills attached to some branches in a vase. One of the coolest gifts I've received.

    1. Carrie, Oh I love the branch/vase idea. Perfect for a non holiday birthday.


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