Fold a Bill Into an Origami Heart

Make the gift of cash even more thoughtful in a few simple steps.

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The gift of cash — always welcome, but if you’re anything like me, can make a gift giver feel like they need to try a little harder. That’s when learning to fold bills into origami hearts becomes a valuable life skill that’ll make your gift stand out. It’s easy and will take less than a minute once you get the hang of it. 

Gift the Gift of Cash With an Origami Heart

Gift the Gift of Cash With an Origami Heart

Gift the Gift of Cash With an Origami Heart

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Emily Fazio

Make First Fold

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill
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How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill
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How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Lay your bill flat, and fold it in half to the left to create a crease down the center. A fresh, uncirculated bill looks best.

Fold Both Sides

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Unfold, and guide both left and right edges inward to line up with the center crease.

Flip Over

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Flip the folded square over.

Fold Corners Upwards

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Fold the two lower corners upwards at 45-degree angles until they meet. Crease into position.

Fold Down Top

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Fold the top of the bill down, creasing so it touches but does not overlap the previous folds.

Form Triangular Creases

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Use your finger to separate the layers of the fold you made in the previous step. Form new triangular creases on both sides.

Finish Heart Shape

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill
Emily Fazio
How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill
Emily Fazio

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Fold down and crease the inner flaps to finish the heart shape.

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

How to Fold an Origami Heart from a Dollar Bill

Step-by-step instructions on how to fold a dollar bill into an origami heart.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

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Frame It

Place the bills in a picture frame that the recipient can display as decor. Any frame will do, but a shadowbox or gallery frame allows you to display multiple bills.

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Challenge Your Friends and Family

The Money Maze Gift Box is the perfect gift for a teen, student or graduate. How do I know? I had one. I loved it, and the challenge made me appreciate that crisp bill so much more. Slip the bill inside the maze and know that you're delivering a gift that entertains.

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Best Balloon Pop Ever

Roll up bills and place them, along with confetti, into a balloon before inflating it with helium. The shower of money that they'll get upon popping it will make it a celebration they won't soon forget.

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Accessorize an Ornament

An ornament is already a perfect gift idea for the holiday season, but take it up a notch with the addition of a rolled up bill inside the top opening. Tape or tie the bill tightly, so it's easy to remove from the ornament.

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Smash for Cash

Surprise a new grad with a bottle filled with cash that can only be accessed when the glass shatters (safely, of course). Add a personal touch by creating and printing a customized label on sticker paper and attaching it to the bottle.

Make the Easiest Gift Card Envelope

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Sew Simple

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As Sweet As Candy

Repackage a candy bar, and tuck in cash between the foil and outer wrapping. A Tasty Treat + Cash = The Best Gift Ever

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An Origami Cash Box

Follow this tutorial to learn how to fold a bill into a miniature origami gift box.

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I (Origami) Heart You

Learn how to fold an origami heart, and surprise loved ones by placing it in a greeting card. It's a thoughtful touch that gives us big heart eyes.

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Decorate With Doilies

Dress up a gift card by folding a paper doily around it, taping the doily shut and adding decorative ribbon. Feel free to use fabric doilies, but paper ones fold easier.

Accessorize Your Gift

Accessorize a gift with cash, so the recipient can spend it on something complementary to the gift. Have fun with the presentation. We folded bills to resemble tea bags and even presented them on strings with paper tabs.

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