Finding the perfect gift for a loved one is a daunting task and, let’s face it, sometimes all they want is a wad of cash. The gift of money is sometimes thought of as a last resort when you can’t think of anything better. We’re here to show you why it shouldn’t be. Cash is a classic present that anyone will appreciate, and you can even use it to express your creativity and craftiness. No more boring old cards with lack of imagination. It’s time to get in the DIY spirit and make your money interesting and beautiful by utilizing dollar bill origami.
Not only is DIY money origami a budget-friendly gift idea, it’s awe-inspiring. DIY gifts are a special way to show people just how much you care.
01 of 09
Handing your friend a valentine is a surefire way to get a smile on their face. Add money to the mix and your gift can’t be beat. Follow this tutorial to learn how to create cute heart-shaped valentines. These tokens of friendship make perfect gifts any day of the year—not just February 14th. Give them out on birthdays, Mother’s Day, or any other day. Who doesn’t enjoy random acts of kindness?
Dollar Bill Origami Valentines from Molliepop
02 of 09
DIY Origami Shirt
The “wow” factor on this DIY is off the charts. There’s something boyish about this piece of origami, so it makes a great gift for dads, husbands, boyfriends, or colleagues. There’s no doubt they’ll appreciate the gesture while ooh-ing and aah-ing at your handiwork.
How to Make an Easy Origami Dollar Shirt from The Spruce Crafts
03 of 09
Dollar Origami Heart
This DIY origami heart has a little more flare than your typical heart shape, making it stand out among all the other plain and simple gifts. The step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process of making this impressive DIY with plenty of handy instructional photos.
Still Need A V-Day Gift? Turn $1 Into Something Really Special from Sweety High
04 of 09
DIY Origami Trees
During the gift-filled holiday season, money is a go-to. Put a festive spin on your gift by folding dollar bills into cute evergreen trees. Before setting your mini origami trees under your actual Christmas tree, attach them to a card or gift box to make sure they don’t get lost in all the hubbub.
How to Fold a Christmas Money Tree from CurblyContinue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Dollar Bill Butterfly Lei
Leis are a popular way to decorate your high school or college graduate and a wonderful way to show students that they are loved as they begin a new life journey. Graduation leis have taken many forms, often including things like candy and money. Adding these whimsical dollar bill butterflies to yours will make your graduate stand out among the rest.
Tutorial – How to Make a Candy Lei With Dollar Bill Butterflies from Once Upon A Pink Moon
06 of 09
07 of 09
Transform a dollar bill—in whatever denomination you desire—into a beautiful and breathtaking crane. This origami is so stunning, you may be tempted to keep it as a decoration for yourself!
Dollar Bill Origami CRANE, bird MONEY folding tutorial from Falten mit Yvonne
08 of 09
Money Origami Flowers
Here is another fun way to decorate a graduation lei. Use colored ribbon and beads to customize this lei with your school’s colors and make simple origami flowers to decorate it. According to Organized 31, the traditional money lei is made up of fifty or more dollar bills. You can cut that number down if you’d like, but we say the more the merrier!
Money Lei Tutorial with Ribbon Lei from Organized 31Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Dollar Origami Bow
There’s nothing better than a video tutorial. That’s why this dollar bill bow origami tutorial is so easy to follow (hint: you may need to rewind it a few times). You'll end up with an adorable origami bow that makes a lovely gift for just about any occasion. Think: birthday parties and baby showers.
Money BOW with Ribbon from NProkuda