Introduction: A Fun, Cheap and Easy Way to Make a Monetary Gift a Little More Personal

Sometimes people ask for money towards a big purchase or something else on their birthday, but giving an envelope is just so boring. So I wanted to find a way to make giving money a little more tangible. This is what I came up with...

Step 1: Materials

you're gonna need:
  • a little (wooden) box, I bought this one for 1 euro
  • some paint, I just used whatever I had lying around
  • paintbrush
  • some giftwrap
  • a design and a pencil to draw it on the box with
Since the person I made this for wants to buy a Mac with his birthday money I printed out the apple logo on a size that would fit the box.

Step 2: Drawing

Either draw freehand or trace your design on the box. For me it was easiest just to cut the apple out and then trace around it.

Step 3: Painting

Just fill in the design with paint and let it dry a bit (or use a hair dryer).

Make sure the layer of paint is fully opaque, because if you have to paint over it again there's a lot more chance you'll make a mistake and end up painting over it 15 more times, all the while distorting the original design (yes, I speak from experience :), luckily that didn't happen on this one though).

Step 4: Done!

Line the box with the giftwrap, and put your gift inside. And that's all!


Wafflicious (author)2009-01-16

Great idea! I'll probably use this at least 5 times a year.! 5*

killerjackalope (author)2008-11-25

Nice job, granted I spent sometime wondering why and apple then I went back... I still like to hid it inside random trinkets, I missed the opening of presents one year and two months later my friend called me to tell me she found twenty quid inside the jewellery...

MissPennyFarthing (author)2008-07-31

Oh that's sweet! It really does make it more personal! Nice Instructable! :-)

GorillazMiko (author)2008-06-01

Nice idea! Very cool, easy, simple, Yu-Gi-Oh, awesome! +5/5 stars.

inquisitive (author)2008-05-31

Lovely and thoughtful way to present a gift! I always keep a lookout for little coin purses and wallets on sale for when I give a gift card, but this is really nice going the extra mile!

Browncoat (author)2008-05-31

That's a nice idea! :)

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-31

Nice! Looks good!

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