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Do you know the perfect birthday gift for your teen? If you do, my hat’s off to you! The older my kids get the harder time I have buying gifts for them. I’ve resorted to giving them cash a lot of the time, but I want to give it to them in a fun way. That’s even getting hard lately because I don’t want to do the same thing or something similar too often. Emilee turns 16 today and she woke up to this Straw Garland with a little surprise this morning.

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I started with 50 $1 bills and 18 straws. I needed extra big straws for this project so I bought the Spritz paper straws from Target.

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I measured and cut the straws in half.

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Then I used a needle to pull the bakers twine through each straw. I used a dollar bill to roughly measure where the holes would go.

Straw Garland 4.1

Once all the straws are on the twine it’s time for the fun part. Roll up each bill and place it in a straw. You can actually fit 2 bills in each straw if you need too.

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This is so exciting! Once it’s hung I don’t think she’s going to be able to see the money rolled inside. I wonder how long it will take her to figure it out.

Straw Garland 2

It’s hung right in front of her bedroom d00r along with 2 other garlands so they’re the first things she’ll see in the morning. I’ll be sharing the other 2 garlands in a separate post later this week.

This is how I surprised Zach with his birthday money a few months ago: Birthday Money Balloons

Happy Sweet 16 Emilee!!! Love you so much!!!

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Maureen April 15, 2014 at 4:44 am

Love this!
Even boys would love that gift. Mine are all grown now but it would make a great hous warming or welcome baby surprise as we’ll.
Thanks for sharing.

Melissa April 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

Now this is clever!

Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama April 16, 2014 at 8:15 am

Such a fun idea and it looks so cute!!
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Holly @ Bits of Everything April 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

Cute idea! My kids love getting money.
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Jonie @ Just Between Friends April 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

Such a fun and clever idea! I bet Emily loved it!

Amy | The Happy Scraps April 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

Oh my goodness! I was already in love with the banner, but putting the money inside! That is awesome! :)
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Amy April 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

Love the bright colors of the straws! And what a fun surprise for her. :)
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Jesseca April 17, 2014 at 6:50 am

I love the rolled money hidden inside! I need to keep this one in mind for when dax is a little older!
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