Money Cupcake Toppers

I promise this is the last graduation-related post this year… 😉

After making the money lei it reminded me of my love for accordions, and I thought it would be fun to make Money Cupcake Toppers from them.

Now, this probably isn’t a good idea if you don’t trust your family and friends to give the actual toppers to the person graduating, but if you do trust them, this is an easy and adorable way to shower the graduate with some $$ 😀

Money Cupcake Toppers - great idea for graduation party!


– Crisp Dollar Bills

– Elmer’s Glue Spots

– Popsicle Sticks

– Printable Cupcake Toppers

– Cupcake/dessert


1. Begin by gathering your $1 bills. You will need about 30-35 of them.

2. You will then turn your dollar bills into accordions. To do that you will zig-zag your dollar bill like Image 1 and finish with image 2. As a hint, I folded mine half way between the number 1 on the President side of the bill in the top left corner (if that makes sense). Folding it there made it come out pretty even at the end. From there, I folded the bill in half to create an indent. Then I stuck 2 glue spots and pulled the sides of the bill down so it stuck. I did that for the other side as well. Glue Spots work perfect because they stick really well, but also come off pretty easy so they don’t ruin the money.

{Save and Print by going HERE}

3. From there you will add the popsicle sticks to the back with a glue spot. You will also save, print and punch (I use my 1 inch punch) out your topper labels. Add those labels also using a glue spot. Then you will add them to your dessert and you’re done!

Cute. Practical. Good if you don’t think people will steal them. :)

For more fun Graduation ideas go HEREHERE, and HERE.

And use this money lollies to make a Graduation Money Lei too!

How to make money leis. Great tutorial on { } #graduation


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  1. 1

    you are to cute! i love these! these would be awesome for a monopoly party to! love it! thanks for the cute idea!
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    • 2

      A Monopoly party?! How stinkin’ fun is that? I can totally envision you and your cute hubby doing something like that. Great idea, girl!!

  2. 3

    Great idea!
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  3. 5

    Such an awesome idea.
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  4. 7

    Okay, that is seriously the cutest!! Love them!

  5. 9

    Another great graduation idea! Loved the mini cupcake graduation caps. This one could be used for so many occasions, just change up the labels. I’m saving this one, too!
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  6. 10

    These look so good! Shame I live in the UK – our smallest note is the £5, could get expensive!
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  7. 11

    I’d love to see his pile of accordion shaped cash! Funny to see him take that to the bank! 😉
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  8. 13

    Thank you for sharing this. My daughter is graduating this June and she just mentioned me ” the money lei” which is not hard to make. I still have a lot of time to make it , awesome!

  9. 15

    Those are so cute & seem super easy! I’d love for you to share this at my Saturday Dishes Link Party this weekend! It’s a themed link up & this week’s theme is Graduation Party! Feel free to share other old or new posts that fit the theme as well if you have them! (:

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