The post office sends out countless advertisements yearly that resemble dollar bills. Teachers print fake bills to use to teach counting and finances to children. Even business owners use fake money in different raffles or morale-boosting events. Technology enables you to create and print your own play money for personal use. Basic systems on almost any computer provide you the options to create and modify your version of funny money easily. The sample used here represents a basic option that you modify to your own desires and needs.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- MS PowerPoint
- MS Paint
Open up MS Paint on your computer. MS Paint is a default program on all Windows operating systems located by clicking on "Start," then "Programs" or "All Programs," then "Accessories," and then "Paint." Draw a basic smiley face using the freehand tool or a mixture of circles and lines. Customise the smiley face to your preferences. The image will be the centre image for the play money.
Open up MS PowerPoint. Most computers come loaded with at least a trial version located under "Start," then "Programs" or "All Programs," then "MS Office," and then "PowerPoint."
Use the autoshape tool located on the lower taskbar, and click the rectangle icon. Draw a rectangle in the shape of a dollar bill flush with the upper left corner. Right-click the rectangle you just drew, and click "Copy." Right-click in the white area of the slide, and click on "Paste." Click and drag the second rectangle until it is flush with the lower left corner.
Click the text box icon (looks like a piece of paper with a large A and lines on it, similar to a newspaper) on the bottom task bar of the screen. Click on the upper left corner of the top left rectangle and drag to the bottom left corner of the slide. The action creates a text box. Type the number "2" into the text box. Repeat the step for the lower right corner of the same rectangle.
Go to the Paint program where you drew your smiley face. Click "Edit" and then "Select All." Click "Edit" again, and then "Copy."
Go back to the PowerPoint program, and click on "Edit" and then "Paste." You can also right-click in the white area of the presentation and click on "Paste." Click and drag the smiley face to the centre of the upper left rectangle. Resize the smiley face by clicking and dragging the lower right corner of the box that surrounds the smiley face until the image is small enough to fit on the upper left rectangle. Move the image around until it is centred in the rectangle.
Click on the text box icon again, and this time, click approximately in the centre of the lower left rectangle. Type out the words "Play Money."
Click "File," then "Print," and then hit "Enter" on your keyboard. The presentation prints out, and you will need to reinsert the same page into the printer.
Rotate the paper 180 degrees so that the printed images are closer to the printer, and reinsert the paper into the feed tray. Most laser printers have you place the paper facedown, but since you want to print on the back of the bill, pull the paper off and position in the feed tray exactly like the paper came out (typically face up) but rotated. Click "File," then "Print," and then hit "Enter." Your play money will print out with both a face and a back. You may have to play around with the sizes of your rectangles and printing of the page to get the right dimensions.
Tips and warnings
- The play money designed in here is a basic design. Other slideshow softwares operate similarly. Play around with the different icons on the drawing tool bar (lower task bar) to customise your play money to your preferences. You can use a scanned or downloaded picture as the centre picture.