Money Dress

A while ago (like over a year) I started a Pinterest board of just little crafty things I’ve made over the years. It was mainly just a board for me.  Well a couple of them have actually been making the rounds online, and a few people have asked for the website or instructions.  I had neither of these because I just made it…. BUT in an effort to help ( I know how mad I get when I find cute things without a link) I have tried my best to come up some instructables for my “Money Dress”.

This was actually my mom’s idea for my sister’s friend who was graduating high school and going to fashion school…

Money Dress


1. Small Dress Form that you can stick pins in (I think we found it at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods…. probably in the jewelry or girls room section).  If you can’t find them in any stores, I’m sure you can purchase online!! Yay technology!

2. Small push pins

3. As many dolla’ bills as you are willing to spend

4. Optional Ribbon


Unfortunately I have no progress pics but I will explain as best I can…

For the skirt portion of dress: fold a single dollar bill into a point at one end, however big or small you want.  With the excess part of the bill (the part that’s not pointed) fold it down once, so it isn’t as long.

Then, starting at the bottom of the form, take the bill and pin it to the form.  Then you basically keep creating points and pinning them around the form, working your way up in a shingle pattern. (Since you layers will basically lay on top of each other, it will cover the pins and imperfections)

Here’s a close up pic.  Hope is makes sense.  It’s really an opportunity to be creative and fold however you want.  The point is to make layers so it looks like a cute cocktail dress



For the bodice:

I wrapped and pinned a couple bills around the waist of the form, so it looked more like a corset.  I then crinkled folded a bill or two to create the top portions.  Pinning and hiding things as I went.  Like I said, be creative.  I just moved and pinned things wherever I saw fit.


Once you’re done pinning, feel free to add ribbon or embellishments.  Hide what you don’t like.  Your grad will just be so happy to get money!!! Ha!

This is more creative then just giving cash in an envelope!


Clothespin Wreath for $10!

I am a crafty lady.  It keeps me sane.  With a teething baby, a girl’s gotta do something to keep her mind right, amen?

There was a plain wall in our laundry area that needed some love.  With indoor and outdoor renovations in our near future, I needed something cheap (but also cute, duh!)

I’ve seen the idea of a clothespin wreath all over Pinterest, particularly the ones with the old school clothespins.  But I didn’t really like any of the DIYs, so I decided to just roll with my own version…



What I didn’t like about the DIYs I’ve seen, is that the pins were always facing the side that showed just the wood (“Like a drumstick” as my husband put) with a cardboard ring reinforcement.  I prefer being able to see the slits, makes it seem more “pin like” and also adds a bit of visual contrast.  I also didn’t really see the need for a cardboard ring…


Ok. Here’s this list of what’s needed:


1. Vintage Style Clothespins (You can find these at your local craft store or online) (I used roughly 50)

2. Embroidery Hoop (the INNER ring) Whatever size you want

3. Your favorite ribbon

4. A handy dandy hot glue gun



1. DRY FIT your pins around your hoop!! I did this and found that if I glued each pin touching each other, I would have been short about 10 pins… So I spaced them about a quarter inch apart and ended up with extra… This step could save you a trip back to the store!

2. Lay your hoop on a flat surface

3. Take a pin and put a bead of hot glue on each side, and glue it to the hoop, keeping the pin as straight as possible.

4. Continue around the rest of the hoop. Easy peasy..


5. Add your favorite ribbon to hang! ( Or don’t for a more modern look)





Now for me, the wreath cost $10… you can splurge or cut back, depending on what supplies you already own.

What I love most is that it’s neutral and the ribbon can be switched out with the season!