DIY Graduation Money Balloons
Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest
What’s more festive than balloons on graduation day? Balloons with money attached to them! Here’s a crafty and simple idea – gift your grads these Graduation Money Balloons. This is definitely a great way to congratulate them for all the hard work they’ve done!
- Black balloons (or balloons in the school colors)
- Paper straws
- Water bottles with caps
- Razor knife
- Dollar bills
- Masking tape (preferably off-white or green)
- Small bucket or basket
- Piece of foam to fit the bottom of the bucket or basket
- With a razor knife, puncture the water bottle about 1½” away from the spout end.
- Insert a pair of scissor into the slit you just made. Cut all the way around, leaving you with just the top piece, including the cap.
- Remove the cap. With the razor knife, carefully make a small slit in a cross formation in the center of the bottle cap.
- Create a small opening with the razor blade on the far side of the bottle cap.
- Blow up a balloon and knot the end. Remove the bottle cap and insert the knot end of the balloon into the water bottle piece with it coming out on the spout side.
- Loop the knot end of the balloon through the hole in the bottle cap. Twist the cap onto the water bottle piece.
- Insert the paper straw into the cross slit. Cut the bottom of the straw on a sharp bias, so that it is easy to poke the foam.
- Arrange your balloons in the foam-lined bucket. Think of it as a flower arrangement: taller in the back, shorter and smaller in the front.
- Fold paper money into accordion shapes.
- Bring ends together and fold in both directions. Create a circular fan by attaching the ends with masking tape.
- Loop string through the centers of the circular money fans, with the tape side facing the back.
- Tie the fans to paper straws, around the base of the balloons.
- Fill the base with more money or tissue paper.
- There you have it! A great balloon gift idea for the grad!
Tip: These circular money fans can be securely attached to the base of helium balloons as well!