budding designers


Budding Designer entry form can be found at the bottom of this page. To download a paper copy, click the green button found below the form.

Thank you for your interest in designing for Festival of Trees! Our Budding Designer Trees feature young designers from area schools, sports teams, scout troops, and more. Festival can only be a success through the creative contributions and volunteer efforts of people like you, and we are grateful!

The Impact of Your Creativity

Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for Quad City Arts, which brings art programs to youth and adults throughout the entire Quad Cities region through programs like the Visiting Artist Series, Art @ the Airport gallery, Rock Island gallery, Metro Arts, Arts Dollars, Chalk Art Fest, and more!


If you have any questions about the process, please contact Festival of Trees Administrator Kaleigh Trammell at (309) 793-1213 ext. 102 or ktrammell@quadcityarts.com

We thank you for helping make a difference in our community!

General Information

-For each Budding Designers creation, entrant will receive 4 free general

admission tickets to Festival

-Drop off day: Sunday, November 15, 12-3 pm

Additional Information

-Your entry must be completed and ready to be placed on the display structure when you arrive.

-Advertisements and company logos are not permitted. The designer's name and company sponsor will be listed on signage provided by Festival.

-Festival of Trees volunteers and Quad City Arts staff reserve the right to approve all designs.

-Entry title, designer(s), company, and benefactor will be published in the Fest Times if received by print deadline.

-Festival of Trees and Quad City Arts may use your name, photos, and the name of your sponsor (if any) in its publicity and literature.

-You may purchase your tree in its entirety for $40 - purchasing your tree not only supports Festival of Trees and Quad City Arts, but it also makes a great fundraising item for your school or group! If you choose not to purchase your tree, your ornaments will be available for pick-up on Sunday, November 29. 

Questions? Contact Kathy Buckley at (309) 764-7499 or Val Bigelow at (309) 764-4107.

Quad City Arts reserves the right to reject any designs that do not align with our mission. This may include, but is not limited to: any violent or harmful messages or imagery, commercial promotional items, and political statements of any kind.