Amaze your friends, impress your family, confound sales clerks and infuriate wait staff with your very own $2 bill tear-off pad. As you peel bills off the stack, they will have a hard time believing your carefully bound bundle of bills are the real deal. This is not only a classy way to carry around your money, but sure to start conversations wherever you go.

When Babak of TOOOL first told me how to make a $2 bill pad, I just knew that I had to make my own. The idea has stayed in the back of my mind for a long while and when I got some extra cash for the holidays, I knew it was finally the right time. I am sure glad that I did and I highly recommend that you make one for yourself and your loved ones.

Step 1: Go get stuff

To make this, you will need:

- $100 dollars worth of brand new crisp $2 bills. It is easier than you may think to acquire these. Go to the largest bank in your area and simply ask the teller to exchange $100 for 50 crisp new $2 bills. If they don't have them on hand, then they should be able to order them for you. I went to the largest Wells Fargo branch in San Francisco for my $2 bills and the teller didn't even seem to flinch when I made this request.

- Rubber cement

- (x3) 0.08" x 2.61" x 6.19" chipboards

- 2 to 3 quick release clamps

Step 2: Bundle the bills

Bundle the two dollar bills with with one of the pieces of cardboard on the bottom. The obverse side of the bill should be facing upward.

In case you didn't know, the obverse side is the one with the portrait on it. In this case of the $2 bill, the obverse side has a portrait of Thomas Jefferson.

Step 3: Clamp

Make sure the bills and the cardboard are all evenly lined up and then sandwich them between two more pieces of cardboard such that the top edge of the stack of bills sticks out a little.

The two pieces of cardboard function to protect your notepad from damage while being clamped. It is important they let the top of the bundle stick out a little, as this will be the pad's spine and you don't want to accidentally make the protective cardboard part of the pad.

Clamp the stack firmly in place, as close to the top of the protective cardboard as possible. I clamped both ends and then found that the middle was not being held tight enough for my liking. So, I placed a clamp in the middle as well. The goal should be to keep what will be the spine of your pad compressed as tightly as possible along its length so that the rubber coats the edge and does not seep between the bills.

Step 4: Glue the spine

Apply a thin coat of rubber cement to the spine. Wait a few minutes and apply another thing coat.

Repeat doing this until there is a thick coat along the spine. I lost count of how many coats I put on, but it was probably around 10.

In retrospect, I would probably have liked to have made it even thicker still. The more coats you put on, the sturdier the spine will be and ultimately you are going to want to have a nice sturdy spine.

Step 5: Release

Give the rubber cement an hour or two to start to really settle and then release it from the clamp.

Carefully peel away the protective cardboard.

Also, you will probably need to clean rubber cement off of the top bill on the stack. Rather than spending a lot of time fussing with this and risk damaging the spine, I peeled this bill off and then quickly rubbed it clean.

If all went well, you should now have a pad of $2 bills which can be exchanged for goods and services. Go forth into the world and spend - darn you - spend!
Awesome. I made one this weekend. Love it.
Very cool! Post a picture please :-)
Alright, made another one last night. I decided to bind it on the short edge rather than the long edge. It works just dandy that way too.<br><br>I did make one mod to this instructable, which is to add a paper decoration to the back, and to use that paper decoration as an extra binding on the edge. This should give some extra strength to the whole thing, but as the bills are used, the excess glue won't rub off. That a definite drawback to using a paper binding -- the original may be better in that regard. I'll see how it goes as I use up my $2 bills. I cut the paper to the height of the bill, but a little longer, then folded the excess across the binding, then trimmed with a sharp knife.<br><br>
Doesn't everyone have pads of bills like this? Just kidding! This is neat.
<p>Being thrifty, I have done this with singles and the effect is the same, because who peels bills off of a pad. You might want to look into pad binding compound, which is thicker and comes in colors (I use the green to match the bills), it dries quickly and stays put. You also only need one coat. Great that you posted this fun gag for those who haven't had the chance to pull this off.</p>
<p>Being thrifty, I have done this with singles and the effect is the same, because who peels bills off of a pad. You might want to look into pad binding compound, which is thicker and comes in colors (I use the green to match the bills), it dries quickly and stays put. You also only need one coat. Great that you posted this fun gag for those who haven't had the chance to pull this off.</p>
even cooler if you can get them in sequential order
This IS a great idea! if I have time I'm going to make some. I already have $200 worth in sequential order.<br>I love spending $2 bills and $1 coins. (Susan B or Sacagawea dollars)<br>I totally baffled a kid at Burger King one day. Gave him a $2 bill &amp; a $1 coin. He called to manager to find out what to do with the $2 bill. After he figured it out, he called the manager back to find out what to do with the $1 coin! I wasn't sure if it was sad of funny.. LOL
Your Burger King kid reminds me of the valet parkers who can't drive my manual tranmission car. It's so funny.
Well, that reminds me of the guy who saw me pull right up to his store as he washed the glass door, watched me get out of the driver's side, got my service dog out of the back seat, and when I entered his store he asked, &quot;You're not COMPLETELY blind, are you?&quot; <br> <br>Yeah, you idiot. My dog drives from the back seat and I just sit in front so we don't draw a lot of attention to ourselves. (For those who don't know, a service dog is for multiple kinds of disabilities, but is NOT a guide dog. I'm thinking of making a T-shirt that says, &quot;I don't look disabled? Well, you don't look stupid.&quot;
That's just hilarious, I'd buy that shirt too.
Dreamweaverabc, if you make that shirt, I would totally buy it. ...Even though I'm not disabled. I love your dog, by the way :)
Automatics are so scarce here I South Africa that many South Africans don't even know they exist! :p. <br>(we also don't have 'valet' parking. Unless you count the guy with the AK in your face!)
Now, that's FUNNY. Unfortunately true, but funny.
ok.... ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! A FREAKIN AK-47!!! <br>Ok um... sorry but has tht ever happened to you?.... (thinks ill never go to africa EVER!!!)
lol Hijackings are common in most areas! High levels of unemployment combined with not enough policing is a bad combination! :( <br>Fortunately, I don't have any personal experience with this but I have many relatives who have been victims! :(
it may be funny to you now but I bet it will stop being funny when you have to replace the transmission
I'm teaching my daughter how to use a payphone, just in case.
<p>Where on this planet is there still a working pay-phone?</p>
<p>Austin, Texas East, North &amp; SouthEast Valero convenience stores might havea drive-up pay phone, many independent stores have them. they're located in high crime areas used 4 drive-thru street drug operations.</p>
<p>&quot;Just in case&quot;?Just in case there's a pay phone close by whenever she needs one. :) I can't recall the last time I seen payphone in service. Even on the Kansas High Plains there are only a few areas not served by cell phone system when roaming is enabled.</p>
while your at it, teach her how to drive a manual. its more likely she'll run into one of those than a payphone (though i actually have used one recently)
It's funny...and sad. They don't even know how to count back change any more. If they don't have a computer screen telling them the amount to hand back in a wad, they're lost. :-/ <br><br>
<br> You have never worked retail. It is such a boring, soul crushing experience, that if you don't shut your brain off and zone out you will probably shoot up the place.<br> <br> IT is so much better, my nice safe cave....<br>
I've worked retail, and yes, it was boring. So to keep myself interested and entertained, I taught myself to count back change quickly without the aid of the register, and to keypunch using the keypad. Instead of becoming a brain-dead zombie, I became quicker and more efficient, developing skills I still use today, including when I teach students to count back change.
<p>I completely agree, SusanRM. When I was in high school (in the late 90's), I was a delivery driver for a local sandwich shop. I carried a small money pouch with me and learned to be very proficient at counting change. It took me about a month before I stopped even carrying a pocket calculator. After that, I worked at the big blue home improvement store (paying my way through engineering school), and I could instantaneously calculate the change due. I would say the number out loud before typing it into the computer, which usually got a pretty funny response from the customer. It's still a skill I carry to this day. When I was in college, and even now, it really bothered me when my colleagues would use a calculator for simple math, ESPECIALLY addition and subtraction (which is basically what we're talking about here). Take 10 seconds and use your brain!!!!</p><p>Something else that I really enjoy doing that totally embarrasses my girlfriend is I add up the grocery bill and mumble the total just as the cashier hits the total button. We don't have sales tax in Oregon, which makes it a lot simpler than it sounds. </p><p>Next time you're checking out and paying cash, hand them a random amount of change in addition to the bills. That really trips folks up.</p><p>-Shawn</p>
<p>no sales tax in Oregon? I may of just found my new home. </p>
<p>Before yo pack up and move to Oregon because of the lack of sales tax , askk yourself how do they generate the revenue they need? :)</p>
<p>My question would be is do store owners want the cashiers to count back change? Those that do would tech the clerks and we would see more change being counted back. In the past counting back change served a purpose before electronic cash registers. Now they don't bother to count out what they hand us. Knowing the skill serves the customer well, because the customer can quickly assess if the received the correct change</p>
Good for you,but I doubt the 16-year-olds that work at my local McDonalds are very keen on challenging themselves.
Yeah, that's how old I was when I started doing what I said above (at McDonald's, no less). :-) Best not to prejudge; you never know!
There was this... A LAZY SLOB at the bowling ally today (an employe mind you) <br>we had our service light on for 1 and 1/2 hours and he , and the other employes ignored it. Someone in my group went up 5 min after i put the light on because of the stuck ball nobody came, because nobodys' haves brains (It's a long story don't ask) In the bowling ally that would take time to get our ball.
<p>Stay in the cave! Much safer there!</p>
<p> I can hear the uproar if suddenly change was counted back to each customer; people are into much of hurry for that. Hell most customers would understand the concept if it where to happen to them mas was done in the past.. </p>
I'm fairly certain it's not fair to blame anyone about something they may never have been taught or may never have experienced a cashier counting back change. In today's hurry up world many will be irritated with a return to change being counted back. These days I notice the shelf above the cash drawer is almost always can't be used for what I was taught to do. I was taught to place the money on on that shelf, so if a customer tries to claim they gave you a larger bill than they did, you can show them what they gave you.
<p> Those coins and bill are used, so little most stores don't have the cash drawers arranged, to store them. Not very many deal with 50 cent coins either. Sorry it take a special sort of sad sack to laugh at peoples confusion when they are confronted with what is rarely used.</p>
<p>There are a couple restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan that give you change with $2 bills and $1 coins whenever possible. They think it is making a statement. Yeah, it is making a statement all right. </p>
That's... disappointing.
I worked at a Burger King last year and had to ask what to do with odd currencies. (for me) it wasn't so much doubting their legality as it was &quot;what slot of the register do you want these in&quot;. For humanity's sake I hope his was a similar dilemma...
It is likely if you order a full banded stack of brand new bills that they will be sequential.<br>I might keep the bottom cardboard glued to the spine for extra notepad look-and-feel and to keep the bills crisp longer.
Sad. Definitely sad.
I loved the PO stamp machines for Susan B/ Sacagawea dollars. Put in a $20, buy one stamp, walk around like a pirate with your loot, plus the satisfaction of the slot-machine win sound without the horrible slot-machine induced debt.
<p>I made something like this about 25 years ago with five pound notes. I made a cover like a cheque book. Some shops refused to accept them because they thought they were fakes.</p><p>It's even better if the notes have sequential serial numbers</p>
on my friends enjoyed it but they didn't understand it I loved it. apparently they want me to leave a picture of it but it's all gone you're probably not going to read this sorry but it was great
<p>Someone may have already said this, but defacing money is a crime only if you are doing it to defraud someone. </p>
<p>Great Instructable.I did the same thing. 10 pads of 25 1 dollar bills using the short end. I stamped &quot;In GOD We Trust&quot; on each bill. When paying for something that's less than $5 I take out my pad and peel off what's needed. Almost every cashier asks &quot;where did you get them?&quot; and I reply &quot;I ordered them from my bank and they even come stamped&quot;. I love this prank.</p>
<p>Doesn't the bill already say that? Just wondering why you stamped them again.</p>
<p>Sorry I wasn't clearer. I have a RED rubber stamp that says &quot;IN GOD WE TRUST&quot;. I stamp most of my bills and it almost always raises the question &quot;where did you get those bills&quot; to which I answer &quot;from the bank&quot;.</p>
<p>Not only is that defacing the money - a crime - but if you were hip you'd be stamping E Pluribus Unum.</p><p>So, every time you deface a bill, it goes to the bank to be pulled from circulation and gets sent to the nearest Mint to be destroyed. You aren't circulating a message, you're costing everyone else time and money by ruining perfectly good banknotes. This is why defacing money is a crime. Petty crime, but still - the resources wasted cleaning up after you could be used on better things. Try thinking of the greater good. That why god gave you a brain. For thinking things through.</p>

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