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Collect the cards you’ll give as part of this gift. This requires some work ahead of time. You want the people who’ll fill out the cards for the gift recipient to have them ready and back to you before you begin making the project. One way to do this is to buy a dozen or so inexpensive cards at the local dollar or five-and-dime stores and pass them around for people to sign or write sentiments inside. Let them know when you’ll collect them, taking care to ensure that your gift recipient doesn’t find out about them.
Find and clean some interestingly shaped tree branches. These will form the base for your gift card tree. Aspen or lilac branches are pretty, but any type of branch will do.
Place the florist’s Styrofoam in the bottom of a terra cotta pot. You
want a piece that’s large enough to fit snugly in the bottom of the pot, but you don’t want it to fill the bottom of the pot all the way to the rim. Keep a space at the top of the pot--about 1 inch--because you will add items later.
Stick your clean tree branches in the middle of the foam.
Attach some of the cards to the branches of the trees. To do this tape a bit of ribbon onto each card. You want to tape in the middle of the ribbon so you can tie the ends to the branches. Leave the cards in the envelopes so your gift recipient has something to open.
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