I've now made each style of Dollar Bill Dispenser multiple times. I've gotten faster over time, but both of them have painting and paint-drying steps that just can't be hurried. So I decided to challenge myself to see if I could make a version of the Dollar Bill Dispenser in only ten minutes. Here's what I made:
Step 1: Tape the dollar bills together end-to-end using Scotch tape. I've gotten really fast at this over the past three months, but having mint-condition dollar bills is what really makes a difference. Get new bills from the bank and you won't waste any time smoothing, unfolding, or lining up the bills.
Step 2: Use the border punch to put a decorative edge on the short side of the index card, write the word "PULL" on it, and tape it to the last bill.
Step 3: Wrap the Kleenex box in wrapping paper, keeping track of which side is the top. (I use a post-it flag.) After the box is wrapped, use the scissors to poke through the wrapping paper to reveal the opening of the Kleenex box.
Step 4: Roll up the dollar bills into a tight roll. Hold the roll in your hand with the PULL tab facing up. Place the tissue paper over the opening of the Kleenex box. Gently push your hand into the Kleenex box, forcing the tissue paper into place and depositing the bills in the box.
Step 5: Adjust the tissue paper to make it look ok and to make sure it isn't blocking the PULL sign. The gift is ready to give!