My work BFF invited me to her daughter’s high school graduation next week. I can’t make it, but I’ll be sending the graduate a little gift – an Easy Money Graduation Lei. It’s so festive and universally appreciated. Come on, who doesn’t like wearing cash-money around their neck?

I told my husband I’ve never made a money lei before,  but I’ve received many of them, from my awesome big sis, at my many graduations, for my many degrees. He asked, “Do your degrees keep you warm at night?” Oh dang, just trying to make a jokey joke and then got shut-it action with Kanye West lyrics!

Enough of that though. Let’s get started!

MATERIALS:

  1. Scissors.
  2. Clear tape (use masking tape if you want the lei to look ugly).
  3. 10 bills (I’m using $1 bills, but you can use $5 bills if you’re generous, $20 bills if you’re baller status, or $100 bills if you’re stupid rich & not afraid of robbers).
  4. Ziplock/sandwich clear plastic bags (you can use cellophane if you’re fancy).
  5. Ribbon (choose the school colors for that personalized touch).
  6. Hard candy (Werther’s has that shiny gold wrapper to add extra bling to the lei).
  7. Chapstick (generic is fine).

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ROLL THEM BILLS:

  1. Roll the Chapstick in the bill.
  2. Tape the edge of the bill.
  3. Push the Chapstick out.
  4. Repeat steps #1-3 for the rest of the bills.

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WRAP THEM BILLS:

  1. Cut your 2 ribbon colors, about 5 inches long (I just wrapped the ribbon around the Werther’s bag and cut to keep the length consistent).
  2. Cut your ziplock/sandwich clear plastic bag or cellophane into 10 rectangles, approximately 2.5 x 5 inches in size.
  3. Roll your bill in the clear plastic and secure the edge with tape.
  4. Tie the ends with 1 ribbon color.
  5. Repeat #3-4 for the rest of the bills.

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TIE IT ALL TOGETHER:

  1. Use the 2nd ribbon color to connect the bills and candy, and curl your ribbon.
  2. Keep connecting and alternating between the bills and candy until you close the chain into a lei.
  3. Final step – force your husband to wear the lei for this photo. Haha!

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CONGRATS TO ALL THE GRADUATES OUT THERE!!!

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  • Diep
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    I’ve never seen this version. Thanks for sharing!

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