Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Money Tree

If money could just grow on trees, I would plant an orchard.
I created this money tree to give to my brother-in-law for his birthday.  To make one, you need one piece of
craft wire for each dollar.  This one has 15.

For the leaves, fold the corners in like how you start a paper airplane.
 Now fold the new corners in a bit.  Repeat on the other side.
Pinch up the middle.
Poof out the leaves to give them a nice rounded shape, so that the folded corners are on the concave side.  Alternate which side you fold in on your dollar bills so that you have a variety in your shades of green.

My wire was already cut in a package, so I didn't have to measure, but I'm guessing it was about 14 inches.  Put all the wires together, and then twist them together at the middle about four inches.  For the branches, divide the wires into two or three sections, twist a bit, then divide again and twist again.  Use pliers to bend the ends into a small loop around the middle of one of the dollar leaves.
For the roots, spread all the wires out so they each point in a different direction, then gather a few together and twist.  Use pliers to roll up the sharp ends.  Adjust the roots so the tree stands up, and each "foot" touches the ground.

To add coin "fruit/nuts," use scissors to cut thin strips of clear tape.  Fold a strip of tape over a branch, and attach to both sides of the coin.

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