Free Wedding Templates: The Giving Tree Save-the-Dates

the giving tree free template save the dates

Okay, I admit it. I have never read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree ,but I do love the look of these save-the-dates. And guess what? They’re free for the taking.

I found this free wedding template over at Merriment Design - a lovely blog that’s all about sharing awesome craft and design ideas.

the giving tree book cover Kathy, who owns the blog, explains that The Giving Tree save-the-dates were created by Adam Siegel for his fall nuptials. Apparently, Shel Silverstein’s
classic children’s book has special meaning to him and Cristin (his partner).

In the spirit of giving, Adam and Cristin are sharing their template for free. All that is requested is that anyone who uses it leaves a comment at Merriment Design or email Kathy at Merriment Design.

Here are the supplies that are needed:

For complete instructions on how to create your Giving Tree save-the-dates, go to Merriment Design.

Please note that if you don’t have Adobe Illustrator and you love this design, don’t give up! Perhaps you know a friend who is a graphic designer that could modify the text for you? Perhaps a talented Etysian could take on the task for a nominal fee?

Maybe there’s another book that has special meaning to you and your sweetie and this will spark some literary save-the -date ideas of your own! If so, let me know. I’d love to hear all about it.

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  1. Posted by Pretty Bride on March 30th, 2009 at 2:21pm

    oh. how. cute... love it!
  2. Posted by Ty on September 11th, 2009 at 11:56am

    love love it!
  3. Posted by Alison on September 15th, 2009 at 2:27pm

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.
  4. Posted by LCIPaper on September 22nd, 2009 at 5:43am

    The Giving Tree is a great story. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing this template!
  5. Posted by Avery on October 30th, 2009 at 8:25pm

    Using these for my save the dates! Thanks for shairing this template!
  6. Posted by Christina on November 1st, 2009 at 10:09pm

    Cool Avery. I'm sure they will be a hit.
  7. Posted by bryce on January 19th, 2010 at 9:57pm

    Do we know what "a new leaf" is? is it symbolic? a location? Thanks! :)
  8. Posted by Jenny on February 2nd, 2010 at 4:42pm


    I found this template on merriment and absolutely fell in love with it! I passed the template along to a friend of ours who works as a freelance graphic designer and she customized it for us to use as wedding invitations, reception and response cards. We are having them printed using the thermography technique on recycled paper that we purchased at greenleaf. We would be happy to share the revised template if anyone is interested! Thanks again!

  9. Posted by Helen on March 4th, 2010 at 10:30am

    Tooo cute! Perfect for our fall wedding! Thankyou thankyou thankyou!
  10. Posted by TenThouBride on April 29th, 2010 at 7:01pm

    What a great template! Thanks for sharing! I'll keep my eyes out for more great DIY templates from you!
  11. Posted by Tracy Raymond on October 20th, 2010 at 11:42am

    This is one of my favourite stories...and I just love this idea! Thank you for sharing the template as well...your site is full of great ideas!
  12. Posted by Lucy on August 27th, 2011 at 10:47pm

    @ Jenny, I would love to see the revised template!

    Also, a Where the Wild Things Are template would be just swell!
  13. Posted by Crystal on May 31st, 2012 at 11:07am

    I am trying to do an invitation based on the giving tree does anyone have any ideas?
  14. Posted by Amber on October 11th, 2012 at 9:47am

    I am in love with these! I would love to use the invitation! Does anyone have a invite template they would be willing to share? I already have made our save the dates but, would love to use these invites! Nothing compares to how cute these are!
  15. Posted by Sarah on February 27th, 2013 at 2:16pm

    I would love these wedding invitations! Would anyone be willing to share the revised template? Thank you!
  16. Posted by Jama Merritt on January 24th, 2014 at 1:18pm

    Good afternoon. I'm looking to print my own save the date and invitations. I'm having an outside fall wedding with rustic theme. My colors are burnt orange, brown and maroon. Are the at site or design you know of that would fall into this categories? I can't seem to find anything on the internet that is actually free.

    Thanks so much for any feedback

    Jama Merritt
  17. Posted by Sekhar on October 30th, 2014 at 12:34pm

    Wonderful! :)
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