It’s graduation season and time to make leis! Graduates love money leis, so this fluffy money lei is the perfect graduate gift.
I can’t believe my youngest son is graduating from high school this year! I can’t tell you how many leis I’ve made for my kids and their friends…it’s a lot. Supplies for leis can get costly, so this year, I wanted to make a money lei with inexpensive supplies (not counting the actual money). Lucky for me, Pinterest didn’t let me down and I found the perfect money lei pin for inspiration.
Fluffy Money Lei
The original instructions didn’t really show much on the ‘how to’ part, so I used fake printed money to test out how the lei would look. This is my prototype and the instructions on how to make this fluffy money lei.How to make a one hundred dollar fluffy money lei.
Fluffy Money Lei Supplies
Ribbon colors will vary depending on the school colors, so choose the colors you need.
- 100 – crispy one dollar bills (some banks may require you to put in an order for crispy one dollar bills, so request this early)
- 65″ cut of 7/8″ organza ribbon (base of lei and what everything will be attached onto)
- 3 colors of curling ribbon cut into 12″ pieces (I used 73 blue,74 green, and 72 silver)
- 25 – 3/8″ beads (optional)
How to Make a Fluffy Money Lei
For those that are visual learners, I made a Fluffy Money Lei video. Scroll down to view.
Step 1. The most time consuming part of this lei is the prep work. Before assembly, cut all the ribbon to length. For this lei, I cut the curling ribbon into 12″ length pieces. I used 74 green pieces, 73 blue pieces, and 72 silver pieces.
Step 2. Next, put together the money flowers using the green curling ribbon. A total of 4 bills will make one flower – two bills for the bottom petals and 2 bills for the upper petals. To make the lower petals, pinch the bottom of two dollar bills to make a bow shape. Stack the bills together and tie a green ribbon around the center (don’t knot it yet). Twist the bills to make an x-shape and make a tight knot with the ribbon. Not shown in the picture, but also tie a blue ribbon onto the petal. Continue until 25 lower petals are assembled.
Step 3. To make the upper dollar petals, place a wood bead (optional) onto the green curling ribbon. Repeat the steps above to make the x-shape for the petals, but tie the knot in the back of the petal. Make 25 upper petals.
Step 4. Stack the petals with the bead petal on top of the lower dollar bill petal. Then, using the upper petal green ribbon, tie the upper petal to the lower petal.
Step 5. Make a knot about 12″ from one end of the organza ribbon. Tie one of the money flowers onto the ribbon and slide it up to the knot. Next, tie on three silver curling ribbons, two blue curling ribbons, and one green ribbon. Slide them all up against the the money flower and tie on another money flower. The money flowers will naturally start to lay in a zig-zag pattern to create a full lei. Repeat these steps until all the money flowers are attached to the organza ribbon. To end the lei, tie a knot after the last money flower to prevent everything from sliding around. Trim any excess organza ribbon to length.
Note: Do not tie the curling ribbon knots so tight that you cannot slide them on the organza ribbon. Also, make sure the organza ribbon doesn’t get twisted when adding on the money flowers and ribbons.
When all the money flowers and ribbon are added to the organza ribbon base, it will produce a fluffy money lei!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and put your own twist on it. I can see adding candy to the inside of the flowers, between the flowers, using different ribbons, using colored papers, and so much more!
Now, let’s see what the other Pinterest Challenge hosts have created ⇓⇓