How to Create a Money Lei





Introduction: How to Create a Money Lei

In this instructable I'm going to teach you how to make a money lei! This money lei is made with 100 $1 bills. It's a great alternative graduation lei.
Note: Takes considerable time.

Step 1: Equipment and Materials

100 Crisp New $1 Bills (you can get change from any bank)
Balloon Curling Ribbon
Invisible Scotch Tape
3 Clear Straws
Plastic Sandwich Bag
Double Satin Gift Wrapping Ribbon

Step 2: Straw Pieces

Cut the straws up in small pieces, about 1/4 inch thick, and store them in the plastic sandwich bag.

Step 3: Folding the Dollars

1. Fold the bill horizontally to make a crease and open it up - this will make it easier to find the center later.
2. Fold the bill back and forth to create fan pleats.
3. Fold the fan in half, as shown in the picture.

Step 4: Preparing the Ribbon

1. Draw about 14 feet of ribbon - does not have to be exact. There will be leftover which will be cut off.
2. Clench the ribbon in half and crease as shown in the picture.
3. Double knot the closed end - this is where the money lei will begin.

Step 5: Adding the First Bill

1. Place the folded bill in-between the two ribbon strands after the knot.
2. Make two knots to hold the bill in place. The bill does not have to be tightly held.
3. Affix a small piece of tape on one end and attach it to the other end. Repeat on the other side to complete a fanned circle. Don't be afraid to maneuver the bill to keep the center in place.

Step 6: Continuing the Lei

1. Insert a straw piece through the ribbon - this will uniformly space the bills and provide structure.
2. Place another bill in-between the two ribbons.
3. Repeat how to tie and tape the bill as described in the previous step.
4. Continue adding straws and bills until 100 $1 bills are secured.
5. When the 100 $1 bills are completed, tie the lei together and cut off the excess ribbon - this is where a decorative ribbon can be attached.



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    Thank u 4 showing me how to make a money lei. I made one 4 my son's graduation. It turned out great. Here is a picture of it.

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    Thanks for using instructables!

    hey I love what u made ur son with the money and candies want make something like this can you tell me please thanks

    i want it....... nice although some one would steal it if they figured out it was real

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    The trick is to put it on first and then pile the candy leis and flower leis on top so when people hug you they can't see it.


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    3 years ago

    this is a great how-to, very clear instructions.

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    This is a great project. I wasn't prepared to spend $100 for this gift so I strung the 'flowers' a little differently ($20 was unimpressive to say the least). I think it turned out really well. Thanks for the great instructable!

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    how did you do that? I would love to make those for my cousin! I tried tying them together, but I was pretty unsuccessful.

    looks like you would just use less dollars then spread them out and lay them flat against your string :)

    I'm really interested in trying this, but like you, I'm not ready to spend 100 dollars, could you give me insructions on how you did yours?

    I used 20 one dollar bills and spread them out a little more. Cheap, but still cute and unique.