The money tree is a popular gift for Christmas presents and special birthdays, offering an attractive and unusual way of presenting a large amount of money to a friend or family member. Legends of money trees can be traced back to China in the 3rd and 4th centuries, Primal Trek reports. Originally, the money tree of Chinese tradition was placed in tombs of the dead to provide money to help transport and support them in the afterlife. Chinese money trees were made of metal and decorated with coins, while modern money trees are usually decorated with paper money, such as pound notes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Flower pot
- Paper money
- Floral foam
- Spray paint
- Tree branches
- Shredded coloured paper
Place a flower pot on a work surface. Shake your can of spray paint and spray the flower pot, making sure the entire pot is covered with decorative colours to celebrate the milestone birthday. Choose colours that the recipient likes or have a link to the birthday being celebrated. Leave the painted flower pot to dry for a few hours.
Spray three evergreen tree branches with paint and leave to one side until they are dry. Check the flower pot and branches are dry, then cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot. Place the foam in the painted flower pot and push the three painted evergreen branches into the foam until they can stand firmly without support.
Place the notes to be attached to the money tree on a flat surface before rolling each note until it resembles a tube. Cut two pieces of ribbon for each note and tie the note firmly in place as a cylindrical shape with one piece of ribbon; hold the rolled note against a branch of the tree and tie it firmly with the second piece of ribbon.
Repeat the steps of rolling the notes and tying them into position on the tree until all the money is attached. Cover the foam in the flower pot and the base of the money tree with the shredded paper. Present the money tree to the recipient, with your best wishes.
Tips and warnings
- Money trees can include the same number of notes as the age of the person celebrating a birthday; alternately the money can add up to the number of years being celebrated.
- When using spray paint make sure the area is well ventilated.
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