Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Is It Possible to Wrap a Gift in Money?

For the past few years, I've been experimenting with different ways to give money as a gift. For the most part, the money itself was the gift until a few months ago, when I used nine dollar bills as the 'ribbon' on a wrapped gift for a friend of Trevor's who was turning 9. It was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

When Trevor had another party to attend, this time for a friend turning 10, I decided to up the ante. Could we actually wrap the gift entirely using 10 dollar bills? Yes!

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Money as Gift Wrap


Put ten crisp dollar bills upside down on a table, then use Scotch tape to connect them to form a single sheet. 



Put the gift upside down on the sheet of dollars, then gently tape a sheet of copy paper to cover the bottom of the gift. The gift Trevor had selected for his friend was round (why on earth didn't I push for a rectangular gift that would have made this much easier?!).


Starting with one corner of the dollar bill sheet, wrap it over the gift and tape it in place. Work clockwise around the edges, pleating the bills and taping them down. 


Once the bills were taped in place, this is what it looked like right side up.  


Add some green curling ribbon and the gift is ready!


It was a hit. There were a lot of questions about whether it was real money (yes), whether it could be used after the gift was unwrapped (yes), and how long it took (maybe 10 minutes at most). It easily took as long to untape all the bills after the gift was unwrapped as it had taken to wrap it! I volunteered to do the untaping while the birthday boy moved on to the rest of his presents. 

I'm really having a lot of fun with these money-related gifts!

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