Don’t Blow It All In One Place: Best DIY Gift {EVER}

Good morning and welcome back to another beautiful day for crafting! We’re excited to participate in another fabulous Design Team Challenge with Pause Dream Enjoy! We have linked up at this blog for a while now and always find inspiration browsing the wonderful projects posted, both from the Design Team members and the linky party participants! Be sure to jump over and link up your very own project for the world to see!

Pause Dream Enjoy Creative Team Member Design Team    Pause Dream Enjoy Linky Party #15 3 or more pattern papers

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at Pause Dream Enjoy and what they have going on this week! And lucky you, the theme for this linky party is {3 OR MORE PATTERN PAPERS!} I just know there will be tons of cute projects to oogle over!

So for our pattern papers theme, I decided to show-off a fabulous project that I made for my MOM! I know, who showcases their own gift idea? This girl does! I was just so darn excited, this is by far the best {CASH} gift I’ve ever created. Each year, for Christmas, her birthday, Mother’s Day and Grandparent’s Day, I strive to always out-do the last gift. I know, probably a little weird, but I enjoy the competition, even if it’s only with myself {LOL}. So any who, she’s been stashing cash away to buy a new camera, so I knew cash was the way to go. But who just gives cash anymore? Well, there is a whole jackpot on Pinterest on how to dress up a cash money gift and make it tons of fun to open. Of course, I had to make mine at least a little comical, too!

 Don't Blow It All In One Place: Best DIY Cash Gift {EVER}

So, after checking out that photo, you may be asking yourself, “What the heck is that?”.  Allow me to elaborate…

First, start by cashing in for some one dollar bills at your local financial institution.  True, they look at you a little weird, but just assure them you are not going to a strip club and I’m sure they’ll believe you {LOL}.  Just kidding.

Second, tape your one dollar bills end to end using regular wrapping scotch tape.  Tape them close together with leaving a small space in between the bills.  Your recipient may choose to cut the bills apart instead of removing the tape.  Grab an ink pen and start rolling up the bills.  I chose to use a small paper tube, but it might be rare to have one of these hanging around the house.

Third, grab an empty tissue box or do like I did and just take all the tissues out.  You’ll find something useful to do with them!  In fact, save a few for later, you’ll need them for this craft!  Stuff the box with the roll of one dollar bills and surround it with some of your new found tissues!

Fourth, measure the sides of your tissue box and cut coordinating pieces of patterned paper.  You’ll have to make a small slit for the top!  Glue the sides down, hot glue works great!  Then, using you fabulous Silhouette cutting machine, cut out the name of your recipient (i.e. Mom, Grandma, Dad, etc).  Glue it on the side of your tissue box.  As you can see, I also layered mine to give it more dimension and separate the two patterned papers.

Fifth, I used the print and cut feature of my Silhouette to cut out the tag, sized to fit the top of my tissue box.  Glue some tissues around the bottom so that, when in place, it will look like tissues are sticking up out of the box.  As you can see in the photo, the tag is meant to be comical and reads “Don’t blow it all in one place.”  Tape the end of your dollar bill roll to your tissue tag so that when your recipient pulls the tab up, the dollar bills start popping up!

***If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, the words and the tag can be printed using any standard word processing or graphic software, then cut by hand with a craft knife or scissors!  I promise, it won’t make that much of a difference!

Now you just sit back and enjoy the show!  It’s sure to get some good laughs from the audience!  It really is a very creative way to give cash.  Using the pattern paper is definitely a plus, being able to dress up the tissue box to make it visually appealing.  So now that you’ve oogled over my project, jump on over to Pause Dream Enjoy and see what else the Design Team has for you! For an added bonus, check out the other link ups for even more inspiration!


  1. Janis

    Great idea. I love it.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Janis!

  2. Susen @ Dabbling Momma


    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Susen!

  3. Lee-Ann

    FABULOUS!!!!! Love it!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Lee-Ann!

  4. Karen Marie Kedzuch

    My sister did something similar for all the nieces and nephews in our family.
    Of course you have outdone yourself. It is always in the details.
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks so much Karen! It’s not easy to surprise my mom but I got her this time.

  5. Elizabeth

    What a darling idea!! Love it! I am certain any mom would love this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Elizabeth! This is a lot of fun to give someone.

  6. Winnie

    Very creative of you
    I like it 🙂

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Winnie!

  7. Kim @ seven thirty three

    Such a fun idea! Thanks for linking with Inspire Me Wednesday!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Kim and thanks for hosting!

  8. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    This is too fun! Love that the dollars keep coming!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Michelle! It was a lot of fun.

  9. Sharon

    Oh my gosh!!! This is just awesome!!! I so love it. I think I just make have to ‘borrow’ this idea and make this for our oldest granddaughter. 🙂

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Sharon! It is a lot of fun.

  10. Alexis AKA MOM

    That is so cute!!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Alexis!

  11. Dee @CupcakesandCrowbars

    What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing. I LOVE the color/pattern combo you chose. Pinning this!

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Dee! This is really a fun gift idea.

  12. Megan Walker

    This is so cute! I used to do something similar for my friends’ birthdays in high school when we were all a little cash poor, and it always went over well!

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

  13. Adrian

    Very creative! Thanks for sharing at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party and I hope you will be able to join us again tonight starting @ 9pm est!

  14. Cathy @ Our Mini Family

    Thanks for linking up to our Betwitchin Party! Be sure to come back every Sunday starting at 6am EST over at to link up your projects again! 

    ~Cathy Mini~

  15. Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecor

    That is such a CUTE idea!!! I love it! 🙂

  16. Kristina & Millie

    what a great idea! love this and might have to borrow for a gift for my mother 🙂 thanks for sharing with us!!

  17. Audrey

    I know so many people this will be perfect for! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Audrey!

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