This is one of my rare crafty posts, but this little gift idea was just too easy and too good to share. I’ve used it for graduation gifts or birthday gifts, but you could use it for so many different gifts for people of all ages – a neighbor, a co-workers, a friend from church.
Would be perfect for a last-minute birthday gift for a kid or an adult. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be pleased to receive cute little graduation gifts like these? Much more memorable than just a boring gift card. See why I never give gift cards.
The supplies needed for this are very simple and pretty inexpensive. I had purchased a whole stack on these darling multicolored Chinese take-out boxes for a couple of dollars at Michael’s – they actually make awesome luminaries for Christmas as well! I had some bags of different colored shred on hand on my craft room, so I picked a pretty yellow to go with the green box. Then I bought some of that graduation themed metal confetti and a card at the Dollar Store. Estimated cost about $3.00 for materials and card, not including the cash.
Then all you need is some moolah. I used $20 worth of dollar bills, but I’ll leave that part up to you. Try to get nice crisp bills from the bank. Then you just take the bills and fold them into heart shapes. There are dozens of videos on YouTube that will show you step-by-step exactly how to fold them. Here’s the one I used because it only has a few steps:
Here’s a link in case it doesn’t work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrSzlErqJpU
It takes about a minute to fold each, so that’s most of your hour right there. I usually do them while I’m watching TV. Try layering them underneath a heavy book to flatten them nicely.
Then just put some colored shred in the bottom and layer in the heart-shaped bills with the confetti. Close it up, sign the card, and you are good to go.