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DIY Graduation Gifts: Learn How To Make A Money Lei Tutorial

Learn how to make a money lei with this tutorial, a fun handmade gift they’ll appreciate! There’s nothing like a few dollars to send them on their way, one of our favorite creative ways to gift money.

DIY Graduation Gifts- Learn How To Make A Money Lei Tutorial. This is one of our favorite creative ways to gift money!

It’s graduation season, so be prepared for plenty of awesome celebrations! In our family, my daughter is the one who we’re celebrating this year. She graduated from kindergarten and we were so excited for her! I was looking for ways to gift her a few dollars, she is at the age where she’s starting to gather and save her money and I love the idea of a money lei!

This is a great last-minute DIY graduation gift that uses materials you probably already have at home. I was not trying to pay over $100+ shipping and handling on one of those pre-made money leis, so I decided I would try to DIY it. I hope you enjoy learning how to make a money lei tutorial, I love the way it turned out and my daughter was thrilled to receive it!

This diy money lei is such a cute graduation gift, a fun way to give money

DIY Graduation Gifts: Learn How To Make A Money Lei Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • dollar bills (I used 10 – $1’s for my kindergartner)
  • colorful paper straws
  • colored gift ribbon
  • scissors

Make your own money lei tutorial prep:

Measure out a piece of ribbon that is twice the intended size of the necklace’s length. You can take a measurement on yourself, or one someone else, just make sure you have a good long piece of ribbon – better to have more than less at the end!

How to make a money lei tutorial, folding the dollar bill

Cut your paper straws into 5th’s. I used 3 paper straws on my smaller necklace for my 6 year old. Dependent upon the amount of money and ribbon length, you may need more or less. Fold your dollar bills accordion style and set aside.

How to make a money lei – putting it together:

Tie off one side of your ribbon to secure the end, it can be a knot or a bow, as long as it acts as beginning point. Leave a little extra ribbon on that end, just in case you want to add to it later (as I should have, see photo below). Thread a couple of straw pieces onto the other side and push all the way down the ribbon to the bow/knot. I alternated between 3 straw colors and it looked very cute!

Making a diy graduation money lei tutorial, creative ways to gift money!

Align a dollar bill vertically to the horizontal ribbon, and place it next to the last straw you added. With the dollar bill folds pushed together (accordion closed), hold the bill in place, and carefully tie a nice, tight double knot around the dollar bill in the desired spot on the necklace. I put mine right next to the straw so that ribbon would not show throughout the necklace while it is worn. Pull the sides of the dollar to fan it out, making it look like a bow tie. Next, add the appropriate piece of straw and tie on another dollar bill in the same fashion you did the last one.

Learn how to make a money lei tutorial

Then, continue the pattern you created until all of your dollar bills are on the money lei. To even it out, you can finish off the necklace with 3 more straws, just like you started it, and tie the two string ends into a knot. Finish with a pretty bow, curl the ends of the ribbon like I did, or cut the extra ribbon off entirely.

Pretty little girl on her graduation day, Honey and Lime

That’s it, you learned how to make a money lei!

We loved this lei so much that we’ll make it our go-to fun way of giving money at future graduations and even birthday parties. I personally am a fan of how this project turned out, pretty good for a DIY graduation gift! It was a little tedious at first, but once I got the hang of the pattern, it was smooth sailing from there. I hope you try making this fun money lei tutorial, a favorite of the creative ways to gift money!

Dollar bills on a diy money lei, a fun homemade graduation gift

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3 Comments

  • Deanna, these look amazing and simple (Thank you!) so I’ve started to make one. Any tips on tying the knot around the bills? I can only seem to make a knot between the straw and the dollar. I can’t seem to get a knot tied to the other side of the dollar so I can move to the next straw.

  • Thank you for this tutorial! This is the easiest (by looks of) lei I’ve seen so far. I have a graduation next week and I think I’ll give it. Try!
    Great post!
    And congrats to your baby girl 😉

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