I’ve been the room parent for both of my children ever since they entered kindergarten, and I think the biggest reason I’ve been asked to be room parent each year is that the teachers know they’ll receive a money lei as their holiday gift from the class As you can see above, it’s not immediately obvious that the lei is made up of 100 $1 bills, and it’s something of a show piece. The drawback is that the lei would have to be dismantled in order to spend the money, but when I’ve asked if the teachers would prefer to just have the cash, I’ve been assured that they would prefer the lei instead.
I’ve also been asked many times, “How do you make that?” As impressive as the finished lei looks, it’s actually very easy to make, so I’ve prepared this step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make one yourself. Since I collect money from the entire class, it’s actually a very cheap project. But I will be upfront in saying it’s tedious and time-consuming, so just be prepared.