Graduation Gift DIY: Easy and Cool Money Lei
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Want a fun graduation gift idea that looks fancy (but is EASY to make)?
This creative DIY money lei is the easiest we’ve seen anywhere! Make this for the special graduates in your life! Simply fold paper bills into simple accordion style “flowers” and tie them to an inexpensive beaded party necklace. Customize using school colors, and the denomination of bills is up to you!
No fancy origami paper folding here!
There are so many different ways to make money leis, and some of them are pretty time-consuming and complicated. I promise this version is a simple, FUN and a very doable DIY project you’ll enjoy! You can make a few paper “flowers” made out of colored construction paper like I did or just use additional bills.
Easy and Cool Money Lei
- paper money (about 10-12 bills)
- dollar bill sized colored construction paper in school colors if desired (optional)
- beaded necklace
- small rubber bands (small hair bands work great!)
- ribbon, string, or curling ribbon like I used
- glue dots or double sided tape
1.) Fold a bill accordion-style back and forth, about 1/2 an inch wide.
2.) Fold bill in half, first in one direction, then in the other direction.
3.) Secure a small rubber band around the center.
4.) Place glue dots or double sided tape on the sides and secure both ends together to form a circle or “flower”.
Hip Tip: Glue dots are small circles of removable adhesive commonly used in paper crafts. They are nice to use in this craft so that the recipient doesn’t rip their money taking lei apart. You can however use removable tape if desired.
5.) Thread a piece of ribbon through the middle of “flower” and tie to the necklace.
6.) Continue tying “flowers” all around necklace as desired.
Note: For construction paper flowers, just fold using the same directions as above.
What a fun and unique way to gift money!
If you want to do a little something special for a graduation gift other than a check or gift card, this is a neat idea. I love that this project isn’t super complicated and can be customized by using school colors. It’s such a great alternative to expensive flower leis. I would have loved this at my graduation!
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.