December 17, 2011

Money Bouquet Tutorial

Out of the 30 people I give gifts to for Christmas only two are receiving a gift of cash.  Wow writing them number down seems crazy!  But remember, I'm from a huge family!  5 siblings, a mom and dad, 5 nieces/nephews, 2 SIL's, 1 BIL, Parent-In-Laws, Grandparents, my children, Husband, one very close family, daycare provider, and 2 best friends.  We no longer exchange with my older brother and his wife and we made that decision mutually.  My younger siblings are still young, so doing a drawing to buy gifts doesn't work yet... maybe eventually!  Anyway - the two I am giving the gift of money to are saving to make purchase bigger items so I am helping to contribute to that.  But of course I can't just put it in an envelope!  So not my style.  
I came up with this idea on the fly and am pretty happy with the result!

A Money bouquet!

Confession:  I had this BRILLIANT idea to use floral tape to keep the flowers open and on the sticks.  The first one I did worked out OK, but the more I did the harder it seemed to get until I finally ran and grabbed scotch tape.  I used VERY small pieces and I also used the actual Scotch brand that tends to be easier to remove and also easier to split.  That being said, if you want to give the floral tape a try, it does work, but it takes patience!

Step 1 - fold the bill accordion style.

2. Fold your accordion in half.

{I was the photographer and the model, so I apologize for the focus issue!}

3. Match the ends and then tape it together.
4.  Do the same to the other side.
5. Tape the stick to the back of the flower.
You're done!  Do up as many as you want - I did 5 one's, 2 five's, and 1 ten.  Grab a soup mug or regular coffee mug, stuff it with some paper shreds and arrange your flowers.  I also added a Merry Christmas topper that I then punched out with my scallop punch and glued to a stick.

For the second money gift I used this video tutorial  to create a dollar bill origami shirt, 8 of them to be exact!  I then grabbed a shirt box and wrapped them inside.
What other ways do you give money?  I've also done a pop top can and a money lei.

Happy Creating! ~Kim


  1. These are really cute ideas! We give cash a lot because we have mostly teens to give gifs to (nieces and nephews). I'm always looking for a creative way to give it.
    We recently mastered the dollar bill bracelet for a friend's bat mitzvah gift.

  2. Those origami shirts are awesome!

  3. Those are cute ideas - and fairly quick!!

  4. WOW! This is so creative! Love your blog.


  5. Great ideas! I want to give away money just so I can make these. Maybe when my kids are a little older :) I would love it if you would stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across.
    I hope to see you soon,

  6. This is such a cool idea! I love it. I pinned it for later =o)

  7. This is too cute, very creative :-)

  8. We finally made this and it was a huge hit! I'm posting it soon and will link back to you. Thanks for the great idea!

  9. Great help!! I want to make a money tree to give my daughter & son in law at their wedding. These will look wonderful in the tree along with the ribbons and gold dollar "ornaments" I've made!!


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