Monday, April 5, 2010

The gift that keeps on giving

My mom is incredibly creative and talented. She can turn an umbrella into an award winning gardening hat, or some beads in to a gorgeous necklace, or dollar bills into a lei. Whenever anyone in our family graduates from high school or college my mom makes them a lei. They are so eye catching and unique on and so much fun to take a part and count out. With the end of the school year fast approaching she has been busy making them. I thought I would share with you how ...

You need 60 crisp $1 bills (you can get them from the bank or, do what my mom does, wash older bills in the laundry and iron them). Create 1/4 folds so that the dollar bill looks like a fan. Then bend the folded up dollar in half.

dollar fans

Get a roll of 1/8" (3mm) polyester ribbon the colors of the school the person you are making the lei for is graduating from. Tie a ribbon around the middle of the folded up dollar bill. Fan out the dollar bill. Using a small silver paper clip pin the two sides together creating dollar "flowers".

dollar flower

Using a crewel embroidery needle and extra strong button & carpet thread string the dollar "flowers" together.

strung dollars

Once you have completed stringing them tie the end of the thread to make a necklace.

money lei

So head on over to the bank and Michael's because graduation is right around the corner!