I made a wish tree with a friend last week. We had planned to go on a walk, but I called her and asked, “Wanna make a wish tree instead?” I love that she didn’t think twice when I said this and immediately get on board.
“I’ll grab sushi. You go to Staples. We’ll meet at your house,” was her response.
This tree has been a sweet spot in my days lately. There is a big sign hanging from the tree that says, “Make a Wish!” and then shipping tags and pens and yarn so people can write down their own wishes and add them to the tree.
Every morning Ben and I go outside and check on the wish tree. We scan for new wishes and read them to each other. It’s pretty amazing.
Here’s what we used:
1. Manila shipping tags from the office supply store.
2. Poster board (folded in half to be thicker)
3. Packing tape to “laminate” poster board after we wrote our sign.
4. Yarn to hang the tags from the tree.
Hot tip: We used the plastic box from the shipping tags as the dispenser for the blank tags and the holder for the pens. (We just duct taped the container to the tree)
Tie some yarn to the pens and voila! Ready for passersby to make a wish.
We are not above spying
Ben and I have also taken to spying on the tree from time to time. We watch people stumble upon it and then reach in and make a wish of their own. It has been a really sweet way to create community and feel like we are contributing something of joy and beauty to our little world.
If you hadn’t already guessed, the wish to “Be a ninja” belongs to Ben.
Do you have a wish you’d like to add to our virtual wish tree here?