How to Make a Tree With Special Messages for a Baby's First Birthday

Written by crystal bonser
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A wish tree is a Dutch wedding tradition that involves guests being handed a piece of thick paper shaped like a leaf and asked to write a special wish for the newlywed couple. The guests then hang their wishes on the tree for the couple to read after the wedding. Wish trees have grown popular over the years and are now incorporated into many different celebrations other than just weddings, such as birthdays, retirement parties and graduations.

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Things you need

  • Vase or flower pot
  • Sand, beads or floral foam
  • Branches
  • Tags or card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Gel pens
  • 2 small bowls
  • Cup
  • Piece of paper
  • Picture frame

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  1. 1

    Fill a large vase or flower pot with tall branches. If using a vase, fill it with sand or beads. If using a flower pot, fill it with sand or floral foam.

  2. 2

    Punch a hole through a pile of blank tags (either in the top corner or top centre). Get creative with the shape of the tags. Examples include a rattle, baby bottle, ballerina slipper, baseball bat, princess or cartoon character. As an alternative to using tags, you can cut card stock into any shape you wish.

  3. 3

    Cut pieces of ribbon or string in colours that coordinates with the tag colour. You will need one piece of ribbon or string for each tag. Make the ribbon or string around 2 to 3 inches long.

  4. 4

    Place the tags in one small bowl, the ribbons in another and several gel pens--in a coordinating ink colour--in a cup.

  5. 5

    Write a sign on a piece of paper describing the purpose of the tree.

  6. 6

    Place the sign in a picture frame.

  7. 7

    Sit the tree on a table near the entrance of the party and place the two bowls, cup and sign around it.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of tying the tags to the branches, you can use ornament hooks to hang them.

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