Matchbook Money Gift

By Noreen Doll.

For this matchbook money gift, you would want to use between 5 and 10 bills. Fewer than 5 makes the matchbook too thin, and more than 10 makes it too thick.

Matchbook Money Gift from Crafty Journal

You can vary the amount of money you’re giving just by using various denominations of bills.

You could give $100 with 5 twenty dollar bills.

A fun birthday gift idea would be to have the bills equal their age. For kids under 10  you could use all ones. For age 10, a five and 5 ones.

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Even for recipients in their 20’s, 30’s and more, you can figure out a combination of bills that would work for their age.


Small Piece of Paper or Card Stock


Scoring Tool




How to Make a Matchbook Money Gift.

1. Cut a piece of colorful paper 7 3/4 inches long by 3 inches wide.


2. Score it at 1 inch and 4 1/2 inches from one end.  Fold on the score lines.

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3. Stack the dollar bills with the largest denomination on the bottom and the smallest on the top.  Be sure all the ends and edges line up neatly together.

4. Put one end of the bills on the inside of the cover right next to the 1 inch fold.

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Make sure you center the dollar bills from side to side on the cover.

5. Fold the short end of the cover – on the 1 inch fold line – up over the edge of the bills and staple far enough from the fold to catch all the bills in the staple, while leaving plenty of room to tuck the dollar bills and the other edge of the cover inside the flap.

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Center the staple from side to side.

6. Fold the dollar bills and slide the ends under the short flap.

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7. Fold the other end of the cover over the bills on the 4 1/2 inch score line and tuck it under the flap. Crease the dollar bills on their fold.

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8. Unfold the matchbook to decorate the cover. Use a bow, buttons or flowers.

Write or print “You are Matchless!” on a piece of paper, cut it to fit the front of the matchbook cover, and attach it.

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I wrote the words by hand to put on the matchbook because I like the handmade look of it, but you can use a font and print it instead.

9. This photo shows how the bills look if you attach them face up and face down, when the dollar bills are unfolded.

Crafty Journal - Matchbook Money Gift

This photo shows how the bills look when they are folded – one face up and one face down.

Crafty Journal - Matchbook Money Gift

Because you use a staple to attach the bills to the matchbook cover, it should not be given to young children. Or they should have an adult help them remove the staple.


The scoring tool can be anything that will make an indentation in the paper without cutting it.

Paper works best for this project, although a light card stock might be alright.

© Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. very cute idea for gifting money, and I love your little sentiment on the front :)

  2. Very cute idea. PInned!!

  3. Love this one! I love original ways to gift money and this is a new one to me. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Such a cute idea, what a fun way to give a money gift. Thanks for sharing.
    Visiting from Monday Funday party.
    Creative Ramblings

  5. Noreen!!! You are brilliant!!! I love this so much. Pinning. Linda

  6. Such a cute project and clever idea!

  7. Very cute gift idea!

  8. Hi Noreen! This is such a cute gift idea. I can’t wait to try it! Pinning and thanks for sharing.

  9. I like this! What a great way to give a money gift!

  10. I love this! I am always looking for clever ways to give money–three kids makes shopping for gifts hard. I’ve exhausted every money-folding-origami trick I could find online :)

  11. What a cleaver idea for giving money! Thanks for posting this at Tasteful Tuesdays link party. I am sure I will be back to visit often. Deb @ Kneaded Creations

  12. This is way more creative than my typical give them a card with cash inside. I love this idea and may just have to use it for the next time I give someone money.

  13. This is so adorable and clever. Love it!!

  14. Pinning this right now! What a cute and simple gift idea!

  15. What a cute idea!

  16. So very clever.
    Pinning this for sure. Thanks.

  17. What a nice simply idea for a money gift. I like the papers you chose to use. I am pinning this one.

  18. Coming over from the Koenig’s Link Party to see your adorable project. I have to give this a try!

  19. This is such a cute idea, especially for a birthday gift – love it!

  20. I really like this because it’s a creative way to give money as a gift. Pinning this now!
    Thank you for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! We’ll open up a new hop on Sunday at 8 PM Central Time. I hope to see you back!

  21. What a fun way to give money! Thanks for joining TTF!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this post on The Best Blog Recipes Link Party (The Weekend re-Treat) this week! Wanted to stop by and Pin your post to My Link Party Craft Board!


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  23. This is a great idea to make the gift of money personal, especially with the Holiday season approaching!

  24. What a fantastic project and super way to give money as a gift. Love it

  25. This is a cute project, thanks for the tip about how many bills to include to make it look best. Have you ever used the matchbook for photos? I made one many years ago to give to the kids on my son’s baseball team.

    I linked over from the BFF Open House Party where I am participating too with Ghost Shaped Card and Free Cut file and would love it if you’d stop by.
    Hugs, Antonella :-)

  26. No, I haven’t tried it with photos, but that sounds like a great idea!

  27. This is a super easy, smart and creative way to give cash gifts!!! Love it and pinning. Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you are having a marvellous week!!!

    Cami @

  28. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  29. I’ve never even heard of this before. what a cute idea.

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  30. I love this! What a fun idea. Thanks for linking up at the Ginger Jamboree!

  31. Thank you for joining us with All Things Pretty hope to see you on Thursday at My Fashion Forward Blog

  32. Too cute. I have to pin it.

  33. This is a very creative idea!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! It’s a pinner!!


  34. My parents are always looking for a cute way to give my nephew and niece money. I’m pinning this to share with them later. Thanks for sharing it at the Pinworthy Project Party.

  35. Great project! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  36. What a great idea! Perfect when the kids’ friends ask for money! I’m pinning!

  37. What a smart idea! Perfect for graduation gifts!

  38. Terrific idea for gifting money!

  39. Very cute idea. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

  40. what a cute and thoughtful way to give money! Thanks for linking up!

  41. Oh, my word! I have never seen such a sweet, unique way to give someone money! How thoughtful! I am going to pin this and can’t wait to give it as a gift. So happy to have found your blog today. :)

  42. LOVE this presentation/gift wrap idea for giving cash as a gift. Thanks for the how-to instructions!

  43. What a fun idea! So origional. I’m definitely trying this! 😉

  44. Oh my goodness!! That’s just FABULOUS!

  45. I’m really liking this idea. Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social can’t wait to use this for the next birthday. Looking forward to seeing what you have next week.

  46. such a cute idea! love it :) thanks for sharing with us!

  47. How cute. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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