Thursday, December 2, 2010

Money Origami Gift Idea

Grandma recently sent money for Christmas presents.  I have teenagers, so cash is always king, but I wanted to think of a creative way to give it to them...

(To the tune of "What a Wonderful World")

I see trees of letters, too,
I hope they are, for me from you...
And I think to myself...what a wonderful world!

I used 8.5x11 blue cardstock as my base.  I ripped a piece of computer paper in half and attached it with double sided tape.  You can simply write "Merry Christmas" in red pen/marker, or use stickers like I did.  I typed the song lyrics on a separate piece of paper, cut them out and attached to the bottom. make the trees!

Take a bill and fold it in half lengthwise.

Unfold it and then fold it the other way.

Fold about 1/2 inch of the end over.

"Open" the money, keeping the folded part intact.

Fold both edges into triangles.

The only tricky the money and push/bend the triangles the other way.

Open (fold) the triangle flaps in to create the trunk.  You are kind of flattening the triangles that you just created.

For the top of the tree, fold both edges to the center line.

Fold both edges to the center line again (like a paper airplane fold).  Note:  In the example, this step has only been completed on one side.

Flip it over to see your tree!  I folded the trunk in half again before I used double sided tape to attach it to the cardstock.

Cute, right?  Try folding a dollar bill and let me know if my directions are clear!


  1. Clear folding directions, thank you for the idea!

  2. Several others have posted instructions about doing this and they were so unclear I went nuts trying to do it. Your instructions are the first clear ones I've found. Thank you!

  3. I'm glad you found the directions helpful! (I have to refer back to them all of the time, too.) Thanks!