I'm always looking for new ways to give money as gifts. I've done the wadded up dollar bills, I've made origami boxes out of dollar bills, we've given money in a plastic maze toy that requires you to solve it first. This year, I came across the "Surprise Ball". Typically it holds tiny trinkets in the layers of paper, but I decided this was perfect to hide money in.
1. trinkets or in my case money - Brandon got $2 bills and dollar coins for us to wrap up.
2. crepe paper - I had plenty of left over streamers from Mackenzie's 3 birthday parties.
3. scissors - the crepe paper needs to be cut in strips
4. tape - I only used this for the first and final strips
First, cut the crepe paper into strips - I made them about two feet long. Then cut the strips lengthwise to make thinner strips. I was going to skip this step originally, but it doesn't wrap well into a small ball when it's that wide. I made sure I had a strip of each color for every coin or bill I had, plus extra for the outside finished product.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.