Solomon Recipes

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

How to make Money Leis

Materials Needed:
3 plastic straws to be used as spacers. CUT these evenly. the larger you cut these the farther apart your rosettes will be. The smaller they are the tighter your lei will be.

Curling ribbon 6 to 8 feet.

Scotch tape

$50 to $100 crisp dollar bills
colored card stock - cut to the size of a $1 dollar bill


Crisp dollar bill.

Fold dollar bill in half length wise

OPEN Dollar

Fold dollar bill into even pleats. IT takes awhile to fold. I folded two dollar bills at one time and then seperated.

Fold all bills into an accordian style

To add variety or color to the lei, you can cut colored cardstock to the size of $1 and fold the same way.

Fold the pleated bills in half and form to make a rosette. Tape both sides to form a circle.

Take curling ribbon. Make a large loop. You will take your 6foot ribbon and fold in half evenly. This will now become a 3ft ribbon. You may add tape to the ends of the ribbon to make it easier to thread through rosettes.

Make a double-knot in the looped end of the ribbon (middle) (not the cut ends).

Put the folded bill below the knot, between the two strands of ribbon. Make a double-knot around the bill to hold it in place.

I started out trying various methods. THIS method. I did not pre close the rosettes. You take your accordian folded bill and you tie the ribbon around the middle, half knot.

Secure that down tightly.

Add a spacer. Picture of what the spacers look likes with rosettes.

and then add another dollar bill and tie a half knot and then a spacer. Slide the dollar down to the spacer. Open the dollar and tape sides to form a rosette. REPEAT

Finish until all your dollar bills are used. You can use the colored cardstock to break the color and use as stretchers, so you could use less money. Because you are using such crisp dollar bills it is irritable to the neck. You can finish the lei off by using beads, or flowers or making a yarn lei on the end.
It makes for a beautiful gift! These are very time consuming and I realize why it
My directions may be a little sketchy. Since this was the first one I made. It comes together once you just give it a try. I will have to make another and I will have better instructions.


Melody said...

Wow! This is beautiful! What a creative way to give cash as a gift. I love it! BTW, I made the candy leis today with my kids. They had a blast.

H.K. said...

Thanks for the instructions! I'm going to have to refer back to this post when my son graduates next year & for all the other grad parties we would attend!

blkris said...

This is a great blog! I think I just got some ideas for YW! You are good to take pics of your food. I haven't quite gotten to that point yet... Still a work in progress.

awkwong99 said...

The combination of instructions and pictures were very easy to follow. My teenage son made one for my graduation. It make my graduation very memorable Thank you very much.

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