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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Center the staple from side to side.
6. Fold the dollar bills and slide the ends under the short flap.
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.
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.
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.
This photo shows how the bills look when they are folded – one face up and one face down.
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