Looked up a video on how to achieve this double braided graduation ribbon lei. Took a roll of each color ribbon and about 40 minutes to complete. Instead of closing it off i left it as a shawl to drape over our graduate's shoulders.
I came across a post of making dollar bill butterflies, the author uses them to make candy leis for kids graduations, here is the link. We don’t necessarily to use dollars, we can use rectangle to make beautiful butterflies. Materials •Rectangle paper •Thread/Wire
Origami money butterfly for the money lei using 2 bills.Take these, mount on pipe cleaners or wrapped floral wire, then make a "bouquet" of them in a vase or flower pot. Could also use these to a package for an extra special touch. (I would use flower stamens from the craft store for butterfly antennae)
FLOWER (origami) FOLDING with MONEY. Wonderful youtube video! Her origami flower is super easy to make and uses 3 bills per flower. Tip: When I need a short piece of wire I remove the paper from a bread twist-tie, using the exposed wire on my project.