Introduction: Make Your Own Money

About: I am the walrus

Ever wanted a suitcase full of money - I have. Ever wanted to see your face on a $100 note? – I have.

There were a couple of things initially stopping from this happening. Firstly, I have no money, second, I’m no Benjamin Franklin. I figured the only way this dream of mine was going to happen was for me to take the bull by the horns and make my own.

Yes I know that I can’t buy anything with it. Actually I take that back…my little brother took a bunch to school and used it to buy pencils, lollies and other misc stuff from his class mates. He called the money “Ketos” (his name is Keaton) and the kids started to use it as currency around the primary school.

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Check out the following steps to find out how to make your own

Step 1: Parts and Tools

The parts are pretty simple and I’m sure most of you will have this around the house


· A4 Paper

· Sticky tape

· I also found an old briefcase at the dump which was perfect to use as my money case.

· Digital image of the person you want to add on the money

· Digital Image of a $100 note


· Computer with Powerpoint on it (or Publisher or Illustrator or whatever you like to use)

· Guillotine. You can also use scissors but be prepared for a lot of cutting if you are going to make as much as me.

· Printer – Colour

Step 2: Photo of You


1. Take a photo of yourself. Make sure you get it in good light and that you only take a shot of yourself shoulders up

2. Try and take the image so the background is either plain or blurry

3. If you take the image with your phone - change it to black and white and save

3. Save the photo on your computer.

Step 3: Adding Your Image to Money!

I decided to use a US$100 for my money because it’s easily recognizable and have a great spot on it to stick your face into. You can use your own local currency if you want to.

I have attached the PowerPoint images and there are instructions in the PowerPoint on how to insert your image into a shape and add on top of the Image.

Basically, all you are doing is adding your face to an ova;l shape and placing this on top of Benjamin's head on the $100 bill.

Step 4: Get a Image of Some Money

I decided to use a US$100 for my money because it’s easily recognizable and have a great spot on it to stick your face into. You can use your own local currency if you want to

1. Jump on the net and find a good, hi-res (as high as you can find on the net) image and save it

2. Make sure that you have both sides of the note. If you can’t it doesn’t matter too much – it will just mean that the money is the same on both sides

3. Save it to a file on your computer

4. The image below are what I used. Here is the link to it on the net

5. Add both images to PowerPoint and make 6 copies of each. I've already done this for you in the PowerPoint attachment

6. Group all 6 of the notes together on the page (also done already on the PowerPoint attachment)

Step 5: Adding the Photo of You to the Money

I've attached the PowerPoint with all of the images of the money along with some steps on how to add the photo of you to the money.


1.Click onto oval shape in the PowerPoint attachment.

3.Go to format / shape Fill / Picture

4.Go to the head shot that you saved and double click on it

5.The photo should now be inserted into the oval shape. Make sure the outline of the oval is grey. This will make sure that it blends into the colour of the money.

6.Copy oval with the head shot inserted and paste onto the top of the money (slide 2 in the PowerPoint attachment)

7.Make 5 more copies of the oval image and manoeuvre into place over all of the other images of the money.

8. Lastly, group each of the 6 images of the money together to make all of the individual photos as one

Step 6: Add to Word

Adding the images of the money might seem to be a weird but there is a good reason for it. If you try and print the money from PowerPoint, you will find that you can't change the size of the borders and therefore the size of the money will be limited.

Adding the image of the money to word will allow you to change the borders so you can utilize all of the paper to make the money the size you need it.


1. Copy each of the images of the front and back of the money and paste them into word

2. Next change the margin sizes in word. Go to layout / margins and reduce to the lowest you can go. I went down to 0.9cm for each margin.

3. Turn on the ruler and gridlines by going to view / and ticking the ruler and gridlines.

Step 7: Printing and Cutting


1. Make sure that when you print that you have 2 sided print turned on.

2. Print one test copy and cut out a couple samples of the money to make sure the front back are aligned correctly. If not, make some adjustments to the images on word and test again. If the money is aligned, print off a bunch.

3. Grab the guillotine if you have one and cut each note out. This will take some time, especially if you are printing a huge amount like I did.

4. Once you have cut the money out, it's time to make it into some phat stacks.

Step 8: Adding Money Straps

To make the money look like it's just come from the mint, I added some money strips to each lot of money.


1. Print off a bunch of the money strips in the attachment. You don't need to make the double sided.

2. Cut each of the strips on the guillotine

3. Put the notes into lots (5K lots seem to work well) and wrap a strip around the stack.

4. Add a little tape to the ends of the strips to keep them together.

Step 9: Phat Stack

Congratulations - you now have your own, printed money. Now all you need is your own kingdom to spend it in!

I might have to start a coup at school...

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