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Book of Money


Bibliophiles will love spending these pages on a book of their own choosing.


  • Lightweight paper (like wrapping paper)
  • Medium weight paper (like card stock)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Grosgrain ribbon


  1. Step 1

    To create binding, you'll need two grades of paper: one that is lightweight, such as wrapping paper; and one that is medium weight, such as card stock. With a glue stick, affix together one sheet of each, back-to-back. Once dry, cut out a 6 1/8-by-2 3/4-inch rectangle.

  2. Step 2

    Use string to bind money to book, wrapping it around book's spine and across center fold of all the bills, and knotting. Punch one hole in front and back cover, and slip a piece of grosgrain ribbon through to tie book shut.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Reviews (8)

  • 11 Dec, 2011

    I've made three of these this year and they turn out beautifully. I recommend 6 3/8" to 61/2" vice 6 1/8" for length. It will allow you to punch the [filtered word] for the ribbon without crowding the dollars inside. Also, I could not find the book binding tape at multiple craft stores - I improvised with two-sided carpet tape. I was able to use beautiful Xmas fabrics and Hanukkah fabrics for the binding. This was a nice touch or as Martha would say 'a good thing'.

  • 27 Feb, 2009

    What a really neat idea, what teenager wouldn't love this?

  • 17 Jan, 2009

    It's a tool for creasing papers. Here's a website that sells them

  • 17 Jan, 2009

    Great idea - I love it! Does anyone know what a bone folder is? Thanks for the help.

  • 17 Jan, 2009

    This is a great idea! Only one thing - what is a bone folder? Thanks for the help.

  • 7 Dec, 2008

    This is another one of those ideas that is great to use over and over. Be sure to choose colors that will be appropriate for any occasion (and not gender specific). I love it!

  • 22 Oct, 2008

    This is a great alternative to gift cards. Using $1 bills also make it look like they are getting more.