Date Posted: 21:08:51 06/16/03 Mon
Subject: just wondering
I have a niece that is graduating for high school andi am wanting to give her 20 dollars but i wantto do something unquie with it as there will be lot of people at this party any ideals and maybe i can get some orders for some other things
[> Re: just wondering -- gingergirl, 08:38:23 06/17/03 Tue 
thanks so much for posting this...but we have a lot of these sites we were are looking for freebie directions. If you come across these could you please post that as well.
[> Re: just wondering -- jacksmum, 21:24:14 06/16/03 Mon 
I don't know if you can sew but maybe a little teddy bear dressed in a graduation cape and hat, a piece of paper rolled up and tied with ribbon under his arm diploma)and a saying like "Hats off to you" and when you remove the hat the $20 is inside.
[> Re: just wondering -- ShirleyT, 21:38:34 06/16/03 Mon 
Craftylyn, My DD graduated this weekend and I saw the cutest thing there. One graduate was wearing a Hawaiian lei made from money. I was going to post asking how to make it so does anyone know?
I guess you could use a cheap lei from Dollar Store as a base to start on or just a piece of string or whatever. There were pieces of red cellophane mixed in with dollar bills and each piece was folded and wrapped around it to look like a flower. They were all pushed together so all you saw was the green dollar bills and red cellophane "flowers".
Really cute. Maybe someone has directions!
[> Re: just wondering -- gingergirl, 06:07:07 06/17/03 Tue 
How about the dollarbill roses? You could do them from new 1 dollar bills.
Shirley we looked for 2 days for a lei resource that was free and couldn't find one...hopfully someone will see this and know where we can get freebie instructions.
[> Re: just wondering -- A lei site, 06:13:49 06/17/03 Tue 
[> Re: just wondering -- Celina, 13:01:14 06/17/03 Tue 
I found these directions the other day browsing on the craft forum at about.com. No picture!
Hope they help.
There are two types of Money Leis you can make.
One is a Coin Lei(1), the other is a Bill Lei(2).
(1)If you want to make a coin lei you will need:
Colored cling wrap ( plastic wrap)
Cut the plastic wrap into small squares (size depends on the number/size of coins you are going to use.)
Each bundle should contain the same coin denomination (all pennies, all dimes, all nickels, etc).
The number of coins in each bundle, in general, should be: Pennies or Dimes: 3 to 5 Nickles or Quarters: 2 to 4 Half or Silver Dollars: 1
Place the coin(s) in the center of the wrap square, bring the edges up to form a bundle.
You can then use a long strand of ribbon, and knot the bundles together on that strand. Or,the easier way, is to use a short strand of ribbon for each bundle leaving tails, then connect all the bundles together with the tails you left. (number of bundles determines the overall size of your lei).
Using either method: Tie the bundles with the ribbon very tight. The bundles should be right next to each other in succession (in a tight group). Use as many of these bundles as you wish the length of the lei to be. Once you have enough length, knot the two ends together. If there is a space left at the two ends, you can use larger ribbon for a bow to fill in the void. (2) To make the Bill Lei, you need:
Bills (of whatever denomination you wish to use - of course using ones would be the cheapest!)
Fold the bills into fans. (Lay the bill flat, lengthwise. From the bottom, fold the bill onto itself, about a quarter of an inch. Turn the bill over and fold that same section onto itself again. Turn over and repeat, then once more. Next, with the ribbon, knot the center of the folded bill (leaving enough length on the tails to link the sections together). Make as many of these "fans" as you need for the length of your lei. Tie all of these fans together using the ribbon tails you left on each fan. They should be right next to each other, evenly spaced. All of the fans should face the same way, not criss-cross.
Once you have enough length, tie the remaining two ends together. Then, pinching the center of each bill,fan out the ends of the bills (they will look like bow-ties). *The bill lei usually takes about fifty bills to make, so the coin lei would be cheaper (depending on which coin you use and the number of coins in each bundle).