A Graduation Gift With a Twist

Bowdabra money bouquet

Wanting that perfect graduation gift?

Wondering if you will find just the right card?

Surprise your graduate with a beautiful bouquet, a money bouquet!


Dollar bills in the currency of your choice.

6 feet of green satin ribbon.

One 7 inch strip of green ribbon.

Green chenille stems.

Silk flowers of your choice.

Bowdabra tool.

Bowdabra wire.


1. Gather your supplies

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2. Fold a 15 inch length piece of Bowdabra wire in half, place lengthwise into the Bowdabra tool. Insert a dollar bill down the center of the tool.

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3. Very gently push the dollar bill down. It will fold slightly accordion style. Use older bills because they are softer and less likely to tear.

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4. Insert a second bill, as before, gently push down into the tool. Using the wand, press the bills down. You will now have two bills for your floret.

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5. Pull the ends of the bowdabra wire up, insert the loose ends into the loop end and pull the wire into a knot.

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6. Pull the edges of the bill outward slightly opening the fan shape.

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7. Pull some of the folds forward until your bills take on a rounded shape. You now have your dollar bill flower.

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8. Take a chenille stem and fold the top down sideways 1 inch.

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9. Tie two florets to each stem.  Fold and twist the stem under the flower. Trim the wire. Make 5 stems.

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10. Twist the chenille stems around the wire stem of a silk flower.

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11. Prepare your bow. Place the bowdabra wire as described above. Insert your ribbon and make a 3 inch loop. Fold back and forth until you have 4 loops on each side. Pull up and tie.

Take a 7 inch length of ribbon, place in the center of of bow and tie at the back.

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Attach to your bouquet.

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Congratulations to the graduates!

Sometimes money does grow on trees.

Be sure to visit Bowdabra designer Pat on her Facebook page for more of her beautiful florals



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3 thoughts on “A Graduation Gift With a Twist

    1. Pat Dought Post author

      Thank you, Gail. The bowdabra tool made it so much easier to work with the currency. What I like about it, is that it can be used for so many occasions. Glitz it up for a wedding shower, or ‘pop’ up the color for a birthday gift. I had so much fun with this.

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