A Real Money Tree

They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a tree out of money. Money trees are a unique way to give money as a gift.

I remember my aunt giving me a money tree as a gift when I was growing up and I loved it. The best part about receiving a money tree as a gift is that you can tell the person giving it actually put some effort into creating it. Also, since the gift is literally just money it means that you get to decide how you want to spend it!


Money trees make excellent gifts for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other events. Plus, they’re way more fun to give (and receive) than just a wad of cash.

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In this post I share 9 easy money tree gifts that you can create from scratch.

9 Easy DIY Money Trees to Gift this Year

1. Ribbon and Bills

You’ll have to hunt a little for this money, but it’s worth the work. This small money plant is easy to carry and deliver. Plus, as So Tipical shows you, you can use any ribbon you want to suit the occasion.

One tip to make this gift a home run is to spread out the denominations of the bills. That is, spread out the fives and tens so that the person receiving the gift gets to have some fun taking the tree apart to find out just how much money is in it!

2. Classic Topiary

There’s a reason this one is a classic money tree idea because it looks so good. Sunburst Gifts shows you how to make a classic topiary out of dollar bills.

Don’t be surprised if the recipient of this gift is hesitant to pull apart the bills in front of you – it looks so cool that they may just want to keep it as a decoration for a little while!

3. Origami Money Tree

Put your origami skills to some use. Skip to my Lou created this cute money tree for teacher appreciation week.

This is one money tree that teachers are sure to love because it’s clear that it takes a bit of time and effort to make it. The effort is worth it though because the end product just looks so unique and cool.

4. Hanging Money Tree

Giggles Galore offers another great teacher appreciation money tree idea. It’s simple and quick, but no less impactful. For those who aren’t well-versed in origami or are in a crunch for time, this is one of the easier money trees to make because it just involves hanging bills from the branches of a small tree.

One trick for making this money tree gift stand out is to decorate the basket that holds the plant in a unique way. After all, since the tree itself will be a bit sparse, the basket (or whatever container you place it in) will need to look great to pull off this gift.

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5. Christmas Tree Money Tree

While this one is best for a holiday like Christmas, it looks good no matter what the season or the holiday. It’s All Rosie shows you how to make a Christmas tree money tree.

One tip to make sure this money tree turns out well is to use a smaller pot or basket so that the bills fill up the bottom and so that it doesn’t look too sparse.

6. Money Bouquet

While this post is mostly about money trees, it was hard to resist this money bouquet. As Jen Balcer explains, it’s easily customizable for whoever you’re giving the gift to.

On the plus side, this bouquet might be easier to make than some of the other money tree ideas listed above since it just involves wooden sticks and no complex origami or designs.

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7. Money Potted Bouquet

This also isn’t a tree, but it’s too cute to pass up. Fun Squared shows you how to make this money bouquet of flowers that are good for any season.

One tip to make this bouquet look its best is to fill the bucket or pot you place it in with confetti or some other fun-colored filler.

8. Sports/School Themed Money Tree

This money tree is a perfect graduation gift or a gift for your favorite sports super-fan. Plays with Needles shows you how it’s done.

The key to making this money tree gift idea a true hit is to place emphasis on the design of the pot that it’s placed in. A sticker of a sports mascot or a little phrase on the side of the pot can turn this money tree gift into a real hit.

9. Simple Wedding Money Tree

Shari’s Berries offers up this simple wedding money tree design. It’s quick and easy, yet elegant enough for any affair.

Maybe a tree isn’t your style, if not, consider origami money. There are butterflies, flowers, and hearts. You can find them all on Etsy.

Simple Tips to Make Money Trees the Best Gifts Possible

How To Make A Real Money Tree

No matter which money tree gift idea you like best, here are a few tips that you can use with any of the trees to make them the best gifts possible:

  • Spread out the different denominations of bills to make it more challenging for the recipient of the tree to find each of the bills and add them all up.
  • Create a unique design for the basket, bowl, or pot that you place the money tree in. After all, half of the gift is the container itself, so by making it unique and custom-tailored to the person you’re giving it to you can make the gift truly unique and heartfelt.
  • Personalize the gift by using their name. Consider designating it for a particular savings goal such as new car savings fund.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your money tree is the best gift possible.

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Bonus: If you’re looking for even more money tree gift ideas, check out this Pinterest Board by Mary Howard that has over 75 unique ideas.

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