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How to make a Wishing Tree

by Amy Bowerman

Hello everyone!  I have a very special guest tutorial to share with you today.  As a long time lover of unique flower arrangements and DIY Holiday decor I am so happy to have the creative minds of Country Baskets here to share a Wishing Tree Tutorial.  My friends across the pond have taken a project traditionally used for weddings and put a unique holiday spin on it.  You can use this Wishing Tree Tutorial to create stunning Holiday Decor that doubles as a fun and meaningful Holiday tradition for your friends and family to enjoy.

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A wishing tree is a distinguished tree which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value and believers make offerings to gain the fulfilment of a wish. Traditionally wishing trees are used at weddings for the guests to wish the couple happiness embarking on their journey; however they can be incorporated into any event which reflects on the past and looks to the future.

How to make a Wishing Tree a DIY Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com #CountryBaskets #HolidayDecor

How to make a Wishing Tree

With Christmas bringing the year to an end it can be a nice little touch to ask your dinner guests to take part and place a wish on the tree which looks at the year approaching. It could be a new year’s resolution, a goal that you are pursuing or something you are simply hoping for in life.  In addition to being a fun holiday tradition Wishing Trees make a lovely addition to your holiday decor!

The Tree

The most common wishing trees are Manzanita and Mitsumata, however any tree with bare branches will suffice; living or artificial.   You needn’t look further than your own back yard to find a suitable branch to serve as a Wishing Tree.  You want it to be around 3 to 4 feet in height so you can place it on a table without it being hard to reach the branches.

How to make a Wishing Tree a DIY Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com #CountryBaskets #HolidayDecor

 

*You can find  this tree and a festive silver holiday version at Country Baskets…Artificial Manzanita Tree With Round Base , Manzanita Tree Silver.

Tree Planter (base)

You’ll need a sturdy base to make sure that the tree is not easily knocked over and all your wishes are lost. A vase, box or large pot will be ideal. You can anchor your tree inside the base by filling it with colored marbles or assorted pebbles and rocks.  For added security use a brick of Floral Foam inside your container and cover with glass gems, or stones.

*TIP* To get the kids interested you could even leave a few Christmas chocolates and treats around the base, as they place a wish on the tree they can take a treat.

Decorating  the Tree

Although the tree will ideally be crammed full of hanging notes, adding a few decorative features can really help bring the tree to life and bring more interest, however its advised that you take a minimalist approach to leave room for the wishes. A few things that you can add are baubles, beaded strings and other Christmas decorations; however avoid tinsel unless it’s very thin as it can take up too much space and is dangerous for pets.

The Wishes

To create the wishes it would be ideal to have a stock pile of blank cards around the same size of business cards (90x50mm). You can buy blank business cards online from various shops or you can buy larger sheets of card and cut them yourself. Depending on your color theme you can have a mixture of different coloured cards.

How to make a Wishing Tree a DIY Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com #CountryBaskets #HolidayDecor

Hanging the Wishes

The cards won’t hang themselves, but there are two ways you can go about adding them to the tree.

1.  punch a hole in each blank card and tie in a bit of thin ribbon – keep the ribbon long so your guests can tie their wishes onto your tree.

2. Attach with mini clothes pins (available at most craft stores). You can decorate them with glitter or washi tape for a unique look and simply pin the wishing cards to the tree.

*TIP* If you would like to add an extra decorative touch to the wishing cards you could add adhesive backed pearls or rhinestones to the back of the cards which will also make the cards hang better.

Remember to use white or silver ribbon for a simple and elegant wishing tree, a single colour if you’re matching a theme, or lots of bright colours for a fun and quirky wishing tree.

Set-Up and Display 

A simple sign inviting guests to make a wish propped out front will inspire them to give tips, advice or best wishes for you to keep for years to come.

1. Find a central spot for your Wishing Tree. Make sure guests will pass by the table when they arrive at your reception.

2. Print off instructions for guests and stand them on a small easel or enclose in a pretty picture frame.

3. Lay out the cards on the table underneath the wishes tree or on a tray next too, make sure there are plenty of pens and markers for your guests to write with.

How to make a Wishing Tree a DIY Tutorial | Pluckingdaisies.com #CountryBaskets #HolidayDecor

For more Holiday Decorating ideas and inspiration visit the Country Baskets site  and our YouTube Channel for tutorials from RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners Anthony Williams, Neil Whittaker and Joseph Massie.

 

Hope you all enjoyed this unique idea for Holiday Decorating and are inspired to start a new tradition with a Wishing Tree of your own.  Big thanks to my special guests from Country Baskets for sharing!

Have a wishful day!

Amy*

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1 good thanksgiving December 10, 2015 at 12:48 am

This is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
Short but very precise information… Thanks
for sharing this one. A must read article!
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2 Bhuvana November 17, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Dear Amy,
That was a beautiful n useful info that u have shared……
Thank u so much….
It was very useful… and I believe I will further be troubling you for knowing any more of your creativity.

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3 Linda Patterson November 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I enjoyed this article, I think the trees are beautiful and plan to make one myself. Not for wishing but as a decoration piece.

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4 Audrey Pettit December 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

Such a totally fun and beautiful idea! I absolutely adore stuff like this! Thanks for sharing!
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5 Michelle Nun December 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Beautiful trees and idea. I have not ever heard of a wishing tree. Will need to keep the idea in mind. Thanks for sharing.
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