DIY gift: Make a grad glad with dollar bill roses


It’s graduation season, and, as evidenced by the flower vendors lining the streets near schools (and at freeway off-ramps), it has become customary to give a bouquet to students after they pick up their diplomas.

But your graduate is extraordinary and deserves an exceptional kind of bouquet to say “Mazel tov!” — like this bouquet of roses made from dollar bills. Each rose consists of six $1 bills, so it’s easy to create bouquets in multiples of 18.

Besides graduations, these dollar bill roses also are perfect for bar and bat mitzvah gifts, as you wish “L’chaim!” to the special young person.

What you’ll need:

 

  • Dollar bills
  • Wire
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil

 

1. Pinch the dollar bill in the middle. It will look like a bow tie.

2. Wrap a wire around the middle and twist it in the back.

3. Gather six wired dollar bills, evenly spacing the dollar bill “petals.”

4. Wrap masking tape around the wires to join them together into one stem.

5. Roll the corners of the dollar bills to shape them into petals.

6. Scrunch the two middle petals to make them look more closed.


Jonathan Fong is the author of “Walls That Wow,” “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.