Monday, June 21, 2010

Show Me the Money Lei

Last week my brother-in-law turned 21 and we went to a surprise party for him. Rather than write him a check, I decided to make a money lei for him to wear at the party. It was super easy to make, but took awhile to assemble. It's the perfect thing to do while sitting around watching tv.


First, cut a 10 foot piece of ribbon (this will seem really long, but trust me when I say that you can always cut some off and you don't want to realize that you don't have enough ribbon when you are half way through.) Fold the ribbon in half. Tie a knot leaving a loop at the top.


Take a dollar bill and lay it flat.


Fold the dollar bill in half horizontally. Then unfold the dollar.


Then fold the dollar vertically. Fold the end in about 1/2-3/4 inch.


Continue to accordian fold the dollar bill until you get to the other end. (Kids love to do this part--the folds don't have to be perfect.)


Fold the folded bill in half. (this is where the horizontal fold makes it easy to fold in half)


Place the dollar bill in between the two ribbons.


Tie a double knot at the bottom of the dollar bill.


Take a plastic drinking straw.


Cut a small piece (1/4 inch) of the straw.


Thread the piece of straw onto the two pieces of ribbon. The straw will serve as a spacer and will give the necklace some structure.


Tape one side of the dollar bill together.


Tape the other side together.


Repeat with another dollar bill.


Keep adding bills until you have the amount that you want on the necklace. The necklace above has $62 on it--I was going for $100, but it would have been too long. $50 is probably the perfect amount.


When you are finished with the necklace, tie it together and cut off any extra ribbon. You can add a medallion if you want. I printed a 4" x 4" white 21 on a black background. (I used photo paper so it would be glossy) I then used my circle cutter to cut it out. I attached it to the lei using clear elastic thread.

It was a huge hit!

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AlMcLeary said...

Now that's a great way to handle money

Rhonda said...

I love it! What a fun gift!

Gretchen Seefried said...

How cute is this!!!! Could you please link this up on Midchix in the Crafty Mamas Flock? Oh the members will love this! Have never seen this before! SO FUN!

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Bethany said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it with us. You might as well make something while watching TV, eh?

Kaysi said...

That is such a fun idea!!!! I bet he loved it!

Lisa Estrada said...

Great tutorial. The "21" medallion is an excellent idea!

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