Money Tree for a Wedding

If you are bored of giving money gifts in plain boring envelopes, try the gift of money tree for a wedding! Find some interesting ideas for the same, put together in the following article just for you...
A money tree is a very creative gift idea for weddings, if you are planning to make something on your own. It is a simple idea, where a real or artificial potted plant is used to staple 5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 dollar bills as leaves on it. Many of us prefer giving money gifts such as cash envelopes, sponsored trips, vouchers, etc., which are direct and indirect ways of presenting money to the married couple. A money tree, even though quite direct, is a fun and creative way of gifting money as there are many other objects you could add to the tree along with dollar bills. The tradition of presenting the couple with gifts is to be done during the wedding shower than the wedding, as the occasion is more appropriate. Therefore, this gift idea is also called the money tree for wedding shower. In the paragraphs below, you will find some easy steps to make a money tree for a wedding, with different colors and additions.

How to Make a Money Tree for Wedding

Money trees are a great gift idea for many reasons, as they are handmade, consist of cash, and are thoughtful of the guests to invest time and money to prepare them. There are many ways in which you can make money tree for a wedding, using either real plants, or wire and pins, ribbons, decorations, etc. They are also personalized and unique gift ideas that are "custom-made" only for the married couple, thus making them feel very special. Adding hand written love poems, names of family members or friends, reduced photographs, and other thoughtful decorations could make the tree look very attractive. Thus, if you wish to know how to make one of these money tree for wedding gifts, keep reading and find out!

Pick a Plant
The first step in making these money tree gift ideas is to find the suitable base plant which has a straight and woody central stem with leaves attached to it. Remove some of the leaves from the plant so that you can attach the dollar bills to the branches. As mentioned above, either pick a real potted plant or make one with wire. For the second option you will have to fill a small pot with soil or keep a sponge in the base and erect a hard wired stem in it. Then attach some secondary wires to the main stem to make it look like a real plant, providing the surface for the attachment of the dollar bills and decorations.

Attach the Money
Collect about ten $10, $20, $50 bills each and place them in a bundle neatly near the plant. Now, either use a stapler, clips or paper pins to attach the bills on the leaves or to the branches. If you have a real plant with green leaves on it, you can use paper pins to neatly attach the bills on the leaves. Make sure they don't slip off or fall from the tree and are firmly attached. On the other hand, if your tree is artificial, attach the bills with staple pins or clips so that they too, stay firm. Don't overcrowd the money tree with bills, and space them out evenly to make the tree look uniform. Making simple folded bows from the bills can give the wedding money tree an attractive look.

Add the Decorations
After your money tree for a wedding is ready, you can make it look attractive by adding colors to it. Usually the wedding colors are chosen to decorate the tree. For the decorations on the tree, ribbons, tulle bows, heart shaped paper cutouts, miniatures of flowers and stars, small photographs, names of family and friends, love poems written on pieces of paper, etc., are used to make it bright and colorful. The pot can be filled with colored stones above the insulation to hold the weight of the main stem and keep it from tumbling. At the base of the tree, you could place cake toppers or gift baskets and boxes to depict the happy occasion. When you add these decorations, make sure the tree doesn't look crowded and disoriented. Avoid confusion of too many things together as it is a present for a wedding couple.

With these easy steps to make money tree for a wedding, hope you have picked out the decorations! Money trees are surely a great gift to present as well as receive, so make it special.
By Aparna Jadhav
Published: 4/28/2011
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