How to make your own denomination play money

Written by erin mandeville
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How to make your own denomination play money
Homemade currency can spice up game play. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Monopoly, Mad Money and other board games require play money. Over time, bills may go missing or become damaged, and replacing them is often costly or difficult to do. If the bank of your favourite game starts to run low on paper money, personalise the game by custom designing and making your own pretend currency.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Word

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word. For the best success, a full page view is recommended. Click on the "Tools" menu, select "Page Set Up." Adjust the print margins on all sides to 1.3cm/0.5 inches. Change the page view to the landscape setting.

  2. 2

    Select the "View" menu and check the ruler option.

  3. 3

    Select the "Drawing" menu, then select the "Rectangle" tool. Draw a rectangle 12.3cm/4.85 inches by 5cm/2 inches.

  4. 4

    Highlight the rectangle just drawn. Select the "Format" menu. Choose a fill colour for the currency.

  5. 5

    Add other shapes and designs as so desired. The "Circle" shape can be used to add a placeholder for an image in the centre of the bill. Right click, or select "Fill" and choose the picture option to fill the circle with a personalised image.

  6. 6

    Once the design is complete, simultaneously press the "CTRL" and "A" keys to select all the design elements on the page. From the format menu, click on "Group" to group all the design elements together. Simultaneously press the "CTRL" and "C" keys to copy the bill. Simultaneously press the "CTRL" and "V" keys to paste the image. Repeat this process six more times. Eight bills will fit each page.

  7. 7

    Print bills as needed. Allow time for the ink to dry if using a laser jet printer.

  8. 8

    Use a paper cutter to trim the bills to size.

Tips and warnings

  • Design elements can be varied easily to modify the bill to suit any game or for educational purposes.

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