Use the printable tag templates below to create this special tree that shows the dreams your children have for themselves, along with those that you, their friends and their family have for them as well. Hang the dream tags on a faux tree inside or follow the instructions on the previous page to create an outdoor dream tree. When someone’s dream comes true, replace it on the tree with a new Dream Come True tag.

Read all about what happened when the Dream Tree made its debut at the Friends for Life® 2013 conference at the Walt Disney World Resort!

What You’ll Need

  • PDF template
  • Printer
  • Cardstock or heavy-duty matte paper
  • Scissors
  • Kite string
  • Tall vase with willow branches or similar from your local craft store’s floral department (or faux indoor tree)
  • Filler for vase such as rocks, smooth glass pebbles, etc. (optional)
  • Hole punch (optional)

What You’ll Need

  1. Print your dream tags on cardstock or heavy-duty matte paper and cut them out.
  2. Next, fill out the card using the lines provided (you can write on the back if more room is needed).
  3. Punch a hole in the center of the circle at the top of the dream tag. Cut an 8-inch piece of cotton string and send the two ends through the hole and then back through its loop to cinch it (see diagram A on the PDF).
  4. Place your willow branches in your vase, add your chosen filler, and fan the branches out.
  5. Use the loose ends of the string to tie a bow around the branch and share your dream for the future (see diagram B on the PDF).
  6. When your dream comes true, replace your tag with the Dream Come True tag.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.