By Noreen Doll.
A Christmas money tree makes a very fun gift, and it’s perfect for anyone.
You can use any denomination of dollar bills to create it, so you can give whatever amount of money you want to.
7 bills were used to create this money tree.
I found this great idea at Then She Made.
I thought a gold dollar coin would make a fun tree topper in place of a star.
7 Dollar Bills of any amount.
Green Floral Wire
1/4 Inch Dowel – 12 Inches Long
1 Clean Can – 14.5 to 15 ounce size.
Decorative Paper – 4 inches by 10 inches, or size that fits around can.
Double Sided Tape
Styrofoam Chunk to fill can
Greenery for around the tree base.
How to Make a Christmas Money Tree.
1. Prepare the can.
Cut the styrofoam to fit snuggly in the can. Mine didn’t fit all the way to the top, so I tightly packed some paper to fill the can the rest of the way.
Use the double sided tape to attach the decorative paper to the outside of the can.
2. Poke one end of the dowel down the middle of the can and through the center of the styrofoam.
3. Fan fold all the dollar bills long ways, every 1/2 inch.
Then fold the bills in the center like this, making a larger fold in each bill as you go toward the top of the tree.
4. Cut a piece of floral wire 24 or more inches long. Wrap it tightly around the dowel near the base so that the remaining ends are the same length.
5. Starting with the longest folded bill, attach it with an X across the front, bringing the wires around to the back of the dowel and crossing them again before bringing them back to the front of the dowel.
6. Attach the next longest bill just above the first one, in the same way – like lacing a shoe.
Continue attaching the bills, working toward the shortest one at the top.
After you attach the top dollar bill, wind each end of the wire around the dowel again and bend the wires down the back of the dowel.
7. To attach the coin at the top, cut a piece of floral wire about 12 inches long.
Starting at the center of the wire, wrap it twice completely around a 1/2 inch PVC pipe (or similar size shape).
With the circles at the top of the dowel as shown, wrap each wire end around the top of the dowel a few times to hold the circles firmly in place.
8. Add a gold president coin, or other similar coin, between the two wire circles. Bend the circle wires to hold the coin firmly in place.
9. Tie a ribbon, twine or yarn around the can and finish with a bow.
If you can’t find a dollar coin, use a foil wrapped chocolate coin instead.
Instead of all dollar bills, cut pieces of green paper to the size of dollar bills and write encouraging messages or good wishes on them and use them in place of one or two of the bills.