Graduation! Money Tree

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We’ve reached that time again at our co-op when 8th graders graduate to high school, and our seniors say goodbye.  It’s always a nice ceremony, but this year went particularly well.

Every year, we give our departing seniors a money tree.  This was my second year in charge of that, so I really stepped it up a notch.  I asked each family that goes to our co-op to donate money.  They’re pretty amiable, and very generous!

Here’s how I put together the trees:

1.    Get money.

2.  Go to the bank and get everything changed into one-dollar bills.

3.  Put together easy-peasy topiaries:

Put a piece of cardstock inside a pot, to cover the hole.  Fill the pot with pea gravel.  Shove a floral pick in the pot as far as it'll go.  Put a small Styrofoam ball on the top.  Done.

Put a piece of cardstock inside a pot, to cover the hole. Fill the pot with pea gravel. Shove a floral pick in the pot as far as it’ll go. Put a small Styrofoam ball on the top. Done.

4.  Using floral pins (they’re U-shaped), pinch the bills in the center, and use a pin to stick it to the ball.  Cover the ball with these.  About $45 covers a 3″ ball.

5.  Put a ribbon around the pot with the senior’s name on a tag.  Stick a little graduating cap pick in the top.  Oh!  And make sure you have a bowl of extra pins for those that want to add money to the tree at the reception!

These are perfect, because I asked the seniors to remove the money from the balls and leave the tree for the next class.  I.  Am.  So.  Smart.

These are perfect, because I asked the seniors to remove the money from the balls and leave the tree for the next class. I. Am. So. Smart.

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