My son needed a gift for his teen holiday party. It had to be $5 or less. He wanted to give a big bar of chocolate.
No. Just No.
I decided to help him a little.
So I made a money tree.
Want to know how?
What you need
Dollar Bills and coins (this one has three 1 dollar bills, two dimes, and maybe ten pennies.)
A bouquet of Fake Flowers (Get a cheap one... Thrift stores are great for this)
Crepe paper (the kind found in rolls... check thrift stores for this, too)
Soup Can (emptied and cleaned)
A note about that bouquet
Look for one that is easy to pull the flowers off. Check out the plastic stem structure, and try to find one that is tree-like.
Also look at the leaves.
You want "leaves" with a pinnate structure.
Step One: Strip it
Tear off all the flowers and separate the fabric leaves from the plastic veins.
Step Two: Coin Buds and Bill Blooms
With floral tape, I attached the coins to a pipe cleaner stem.
I folded the bills into a paper fan and twisted a pipe cleaner stem around the middle.
The "leaves" are bunches of streamer cut in half.
Step Three: Attach to tree
I wrapped floral tape around the stems and the tree to attach the buds, leaves and blooms to the ends of the branches.
I was very generous with the floral tape.
Step Four: Plant the tree
Twisting wrapping paper around the bottom of the tree trunk, I stuffed it into the soup can until it stood up (My can was actually a can of green beans... which is a little bigger than a soup can) and filled the rest in with Rolos.
Any questions? Comment below! :)
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