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Giving Tree

Is it an ornament? A place setting? A take on the English Christmas cracker? This clip-art tree, filled with candy, is all of the above. So plant several around the holiday table this year. After eating the sweets inside, each guest can take one of the paper trees home and hang it on the real thing.




  • Giving Tree template
  • Heavyweight matte paper
  • Craft glue
  • Mat board
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Silver embroidery floss
  • Wooden spool
  • Light blue paint
  • 1-inch craft punch
  • 1/2-inch craft punch
  • Silver card stock
  • Candy


  1. Step 1

    Download templates and print onto heavyweight matte paper; cut out. Brush craft glue onto blank area of tree template. Roll template into a cone shape; let glue dry.

  2. Step 2

    Using tree-bottom template as a guide, cut a piece of mat board to match. Using a straight-edge and a craft knife, score a line across mat board. Score the same line using a bone folder.

  3. Step 3

    Cut 3 feet of silver embroidery floss; double up the strand. Brush glue onto scored line of mat board; center floss on top, and let dry. Glue tree-bottom template to mat board, sandwiching floss.

  4. Step 4

    Coat a wooden spool with light blue paint; let dry. Using a 1-inch craft punch, cut five circles from a sheet of silver card stock. Glue circles together in a stack. Glue one end of spool to tree bottom and other to silver stack.

  5. Step 5

    Thread ends of floss through treetop, and knot as shown. Using a 1/2-inch craft punch, cut two circles from silver card stock; glue along edges, with floss in between, leaving enough space so circles can slide along floss.

  6. Step 6

    Fill tree with candy. Gently pull floss taut until tree bottom fits snugly; slide circles down to secure top.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2007



Reviews (21)

  • flamingofrenzy 14 Nov, 2014

    Is the tree supposed to be a cone shape? I think I missed something. Is it covered with paper to get the design? I would love to do it, but m I am not getting where it is shaped. It is beautiful--but I need help. thanks, sandra,

  • LibrarianMom 4 Dec, 2009

    A great craft to do with kids also. At the library we printed template onto white card stock, let the kids decorate with colors, markers, glitter glue, then glue together. For the spool we used white plastic bottle caps. The parents loved this fun little gift at the end of storytime!

  • holiday6 22 Dec, 2008

    Will someone please tell me what a mat board is and where do I find it at?

  • sschwedes48 22 Dec, 2008

    wow! a lot of good ideas for sheryl64 - and would be fun to try some of these ideas..aren't crafters a smart lot!

  • Valct 20 Dec, 2008

    For sheryl64 - -I don't have any spools, so I'm going to use the metal cups from tea light candles for mine. I've removed the candles, and plan to invert the cup and glue the bottom of the cup to the base of the tree. Just thought I would pass this along.

  • Manyhatz 20 Dec, 2008

    For sheryl64--What about the cork from a wine bottle? It could be cut down to be the height you need.

  • Ldybugsrus 20 Dec, 2008

    For sheryl64 how about a strip of cardboard. as wide as you want then curled on it's self until the base is wide enough to support the weight then you could paint it and glue where the spool shold be.

  • MarthaMaven 19 Dec, 2008

    To sheryl64 in cyprus, how about a plastic pill bottle? Or just make a tube of stiff paper or cardboard. HOpe this helps.

  • sheryl64 19 Dec, 2008

    living in cyprus at the moment and can not get the wooden spools. does any one have any idea for an alternative that i could use. not much in the way of craft shops here and tend to do all my buying online but would arrive to late now.

  • maudist 19 Dec, 2008

    I love simple, effective favors like this! Might try to adapt the same idea into a witch hat for Halloween...Hmmmmmm.

  • legacyfarm 19 Dec, 2008

    This is quite an easy project and something unique for your guests. What I like to do to even spruce it up more it to paint a little glue onto just a few detailed areas and sprinkle the ultra fine glitter on it to make an added sparkle. Relly nice project and a great party favor for anyone.

  • sschwedes48 19 Dec, 2008

    oh this is cute - and using the template AS a template how about pretty paper for a ladies tea with some pretty little favor inside or maybe just pretty paper with charms on it - and can be taken home and used as a favor on a desk or something.. or just as a single for a "box" for small piece of jewelry....or with "baby paper" at a shower with some chocolates inside...or for a wedding shower with some jordan almonds inside, and the bride and grooms names dangling on the outside ...or....or...or!!!

  • jlenny 27 Dec, 2007

    This makes a great favor. I made it for a Christmas luncheon and my friends liked that it could become an ornament to remember the luncheon by.
    Thanks Martha!

  • jlenny 27 Dec, 2007

    I love this giving tree. I made it for a Christmas luncheon as a table favor. My friends loved it and loved that they could hang it on their tree as an ornament to remember our luncheon. Thank you Martha for this great craft!

  • PrettyPackages 24 Dec, 2007

    Does anyone know what collection the plate under the Giving Tree is from? I love the simple pattern.

  • ktorgerson 14 Dec, 2007

    To resize your template:
    1) right click on the image after you have downloaded it.
    2) Choose "copy image" from the small list of choices that pop up.
    3) Open a word processor program
    4) Paste the image in a document (ctrl v)
    Now you can click and drag the template to make it bigger (or smaller) -to your preference. If you want to save that size simple save your document.

  • wrightcreations 7 Dec, 2007

    When you download the template on the printer how do you enlarge it to fit the project? The template appear small when doing print preview. Explain templates
    sizes Thanks

  • selyon 7 Dec, 2007

    Virgie - One more thing to try if you are still having a problem. You need Adobe Reader installed on your machine to view the file. If you do not have it, you can get it from Adobe (it's free!).

  • bluedonna 5 Dec, 2007

    To Virgie, Try right clicking your mouse instead of left clicking. This is what I have to do some times. Hope this helps!

  • Virgie 5 Dec, 2007

    I'm on cable line but for some reason I canot bring up your templats I've tryed this tree and the popup raindeer and I cannot get the templates goes to the site but that's all will not bring up the picture

  • Pat_Fox 23 Nov, 2007

    This is lovely and just the right size for a large gathering of relatives.