This is that time of year again..when the weather starts to get warm, and the winds pick up...and the sun comes out and we all start thinking...."IT's Graduation time!". HA!
I am busy working on leis again, and this year, I am doing a couple of different ones. This one is a Money Lei. I am using Stampin' Up's large Scallop Circle die to cut my cello. It is a bit small for quarters but it does work! My friend made one using a tupperware lid to cut them for her lei that she gave to my daughter 2 years ago...but I wanted to try to make it with the Stampin' Up! die! (it is so fast cutting them this way! OMG! I cut all the cello in about 20 minutes!)
I cut strips of cello off the roll of cellophane (from a party store or big box craft store). Each strip was at least the width of the scallop circle. I then folded the cello in half and then into thirds. Each strip then was placed on the die and I could cut 6 scallop circles at a time! I needed 80 circles, so it was a snap to do all 80 circles!
Place the quarter in the center of the scallop circle. I lifted the cello in this photo so you could see that it is cello and not paper (it looked like a blue scallop circle when it was flat, so I wanted to be sure you could see how it looks!)
Then you scrunch up the cello. Wrap the ribbon (organza ribbon is nice and light).
Make your bunches so that they alternate or show off the colors that you need for the graduate - school colors. In this case, it is red and blue. I used blue cello and mostly red ribbon but with some of the with blue ribbon. I ended up using 2 rolls of red, and 1 roll of blue ribbon (approx 6 to 10 yards) in each roll. (12 yds total of red, and 10 yds of blue)
After you have the coins all wrapped up, this is what they look like.
To attach them together, you wrap 2 thin ribbons together, and tie it. Tie the next wrapped quarter, making sure you get the ribbon below the tied ribbon. Make a double knot after each quarter and making sure each quarter is securely attached.
This is what it looks like as you're going
underneath you can see the quarters.
Voila! Here you go with the Money Lei
not a bad gift for a graduate!
You can attach paper dollars on as well to accent if you want to gift more $$ or, you can use Silver dollars!!! Whoo hoo! I would want to get that gift but I think a visit to Las Vegas might need to be done first to get that many Silver dollars! (and think of how heavy it would be..this is pretty heavy and it is only quarters!)
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